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Hello SN

I wondered if some of the more experienced members might have some tricks and techniques useful to me when I patch up a mainsail I have for the new boat (Morgan 24). after looking it over closely it is pretty clear this one is on its' final chapter but would like to patch it up as best I can for some light sailing while the search for replacements continues.... The cloth is not dry rotted but was sailtaped at wear points (batten ends) a some areas along the "Shelf" etc

nothing big but they are what they are. sail is now clean, dry. Fresh sail tape on table thread and needles available....Advice?????????????
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Glue tape with 5200 quick set (red tube), not pretty but works on sails on their last legs.
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Re: Temporary repairs to Mainsail...

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Hello SN

I wondered if some of the more experienced members might have some tricks and techniques useful to me when I patch up a mainsail I have for the new boat (Morgan 24). after looking it over closely it is pretty clear this one is on its' final chapter but would like to patch it up as best I can for some light sailing while the search for replacements continues.... The cloth is not dry rotted but was sailtaped at wear points (batten ends) a some areas along the "Shelf" etc

nothing big but they are what they are. sail is now clean, dry. Fresh sail tape on table thread and needles available....Advice?????????????
TIA
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Beg borow or buy a sewing machine. [ Think $10 at GOODWILL ]

Zigzag is best but str8 works OK.

Resew any seam with broken or weak stitching. Reinforce worn areas with tape and sew.

I sailed for 7 years with a worn out main and mizzen and just kept on top of the repairs.
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Re: Temporary repairs to Mainsail...

Sailrite makes adhesive backed dacron sail repair tape up to 14 inches wide. Stick it on where needed and sew it on with your household sewing machine if you have one.
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I took some pictures a while ago during a friends repair of his genoa.
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Re Gtod and the judicious application of 5200 to sail repair .....need to thank you. I was in danger of gettin too darned fancy..needed to be reminded of my early education alongside one of the great quick and dirty marine carpenters (and seamen) of the late wooden boat period a certain "J.D." who is known to have sailed a very slightly altered version of a "Timber Point" sloop (built in Greenport L.I. 1920's) in the Newport Race one year anyway thanks Ill just stop bein afraid of it and seewhat sailclothcan teach me No Harm anyway.
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Thanks TQAand Seadiction
Sure why not! a friend is agreat seamstress guess its time for lessons onthe old Singer.....will report on project as I go..
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Re: Temporary repairs to Mainsail...

That peel and stick sail tape that sail makers carry is some of the handiest stuff you can have aboard. Buy a big roll. It tends to make repairs that are permanent, saving a lot of time and trouble making repairs. .
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Re: Temporary repairs to Mainsail...

Defender sells different tape. Some is dacron, some nylon. Does it matter?
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Defender sells different tape. Some is dacron, some nylon. Does it matter?
Yes. The nylon is for spinnakers and the dacron is for mains and gennys. I have made repairs using the dacron self adhesive stuff and its great. Essentially permanent and no need for stitching. Does seem to mildew easier than the regular sailcloth however.
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Re: Temporary repairs to Mainsail...

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Glue tape with 5200 quick set (red tube), not pretty but works on sails on their last legs.
ditto on the 5200 'fast cure', but be sure to mask all the area that you DONT want 'glued'.
Another 'trick' is to use PECO double sided tape onto the patch but needs changeout often as the 'glue' stretches out.

Repair such as these are OK on the non-stressed areas of a sail .... ie. away from the 'corners' or edges (luff/foot/leech) where most all the stresses 'accumulate'. If the sail is torn in any of these areas ... either new sail or panel replacement, etc. is indicated as a temp repair wont last in the highly stressed areas.
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