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Sail Recut - Smaller Genoa

Have a question about recutting a used sail to a smaller footprint.

We have 2 extra sails in our basement, a 130% a w/o a UV Cover and a 135% with a UV cover. I'd like to see if it is possible to make a 105% sail w/UV cover out of one of them for our boat.
  • Both sails are old dacron, but in good shape (sail shape wise).
  • The 135% w/UV cover is a little blown in the foot, but not too bad. Doyle sail (tri-radial construction)
  • The 130% is an old Hood Sail, probably mid eighties but we haven't used it except once and it worked fine, but it doesn't have a UV cover or bolt rope/foam luff, so we have to remove after each w/e. I think it is a cross-cut.
  • No idea on the stitch quality. Both I think are good overall.

Looking for a sail for wind days where the average wind speed is 15 to 25kts. Wife doesn't like too much (20+ deg) heel. We can roll in our current 135% sail to about 110, but it is not optimal shaped.

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Yes we have had several sails cut down. Check with a sailmaker.
Also try Bacon Sails for a used jib the size you want.
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I have considered cutting down a sail too, however, I want a project. If you want to sail, sell the extra sails and buy one that fits.

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Decreasing the size of the sail will require all panels to be recut and resewn. It isa better idea to sell these ones and buy another one that fits your needs.
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Re: Sail Recut - Smaller Genoa

Side benefit > When I had my 150% roller-furling genoa re-cut to remove sun-damaged material on the leach and foot (the PO hadn't installed a Sunbrella shield), the resulting shorter luff turned the former deck-sweeper into something I could actually see under. With a 10-in. pendant at the foot, I now can view things forward.

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If you really want to look into doing it yourself, I thought the book "Sailmakers' Apprentice" by Emiliano Marino, was really informative.

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