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Canvas Headsail. What to do with it???

My boat came with a garage full of sails when I bought her. Most all were not-serviceable and many were jibs obviously bought second-hand and not even designed for my boat. While most have been relegated to the dumpster long ago, I couldn't throw away the big canvas genoa.

I'm doing some cleaning out of "stuff" that I "just keep around" and this sail certainly falls into that category. Canvas has no real advantages over dacron I can see (except that it stores in a much smaller space and is friendly to handle) but it wins in the nostalgia department.

If I had a canvas main and mizzen to match I could "dress the ship" on occasion, but with one canvas sail and 2 dacron ones, I'd look even more the poser than usual.

What do you think? Ebay (would anyone buy it)? Other ideas? Store it vacuum packed in the bilge as a spare if my genoa blows out?

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Store it vacuum packed in the bilge as a spare if my genoa blows out?
Something tells me about the time it was required you'd find it converted to a bag of cotton dust.
Seems like people with woodies would always be in the market for authentic canvas canvas. Where could you market to the classic boat set?
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Re: Canvas Headsail. What to do with it???

Try a classified ad in Wooden Boat magazine.
"Free to a good home" would probably work, or offer to trade for a ride on a classic.
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Re: Canvas Headsail. What to do with it???

Stroll down to the local hardware or paint store & price canvas dropcloths. Then find a local painter & offer her or him the sail, with a hint her or his advice/services on the boat might be welcome at some time in the future.
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Re: Canvas Headsail. What to do with it???

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Stroll down to the local hardware or paint store & price canvas dropcloths. Then find a local painter & offer her or him the sail, with a hint her or his advice/services on the boat might be welcome at some time in the future.
Holy crap you're right. Even at walmart's price this puppy at 400sqft is easily worth $100 as a canvas drop cloth. Who would have thought? (besides bobmcgov obviously)

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Stroll down to the local hardware or paint store & price canvas dropcloths. Then find a local painter & offer her or him the sail, with a hint her or his advice/services on the boat might be welcome at some time in the future.
Or keep for yourself as a tarp, or even a boat cover. I once pondered waterproofing a canvas dropcloth to use as a custom boat cover but they were too expensive.

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