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Some regular here mentioned a pric?k test for a sail. What is it, how do you do it, and how useful is it?
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Some regular here mentioned a pric?k test for a sail. What is it, how do you do it, and how useful is it?
It's a quick & dirty test of the condition of the fabric. AFAIK it's only useful on woven dacron sails. Poke the sail with an awl and if it slips through easily, the fabric is on its last legs.

Its close relative is the "blow" test for spinnakers - blow on the fabric and if your breath passes through the fabric, the fabric is worn out.

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In the day of canvas sail, a pricker (bodkin or awl) was used to test the quality of the sailcloth. Today, I doubt there's few whom have the talent of employing this skill as sail test.
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And all this time I thought it was taking a new crew out on an extended cruise or an overnight race!
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One advantage of the blow test over the ***** test is that the blow test makes it through the prudish and trigger happy naughty word censors, while the ***** test does not.
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Cool A sharp pencil...

Many years ago I learned of a quick and non-technical way to test the leach-cover stitching on a dacron sail.
"The Pencil Test"
Take a sharp #2 pencil and try to run it under the stitching... if the pencil lead breaks, it passes, and if the stitching breaks, time for a restitch (at the least...)

I tried it and it indeed proved that the threads that were holding the sacrificial UV leach cover on our RF genny were at the end of their life. Obvious, quick, and easy.
Rest of the sail, rolled up and safe from UV, was fine, by the way. New leach cover was attached.

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I like that method.
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