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post #11 of 19 Old 06-23-2008
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I've seen all kinds of creative things out of old sails, like you mentioned, a sunshades, also, laundry bags, hatch board covers, dink covers, I know one guy that recut his old sail for use on his sailing dink.

There's lots of life in old sails, limited only to your imagination and sewing skills,

hell, boardshorts would be cool



Forgot this one, a buddy down the dock made a Windshoot for his forward hatch out of an old drifter

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I was just over at a friends house, he has his boat on a mooring right behind me. And his living room wall is decorated with an old sail. It's a working jib and he (glued?) it to the wall and (varnished?) over it and it looks really cool. It very nicely done. It starts at the floor and bends on to the ceiling.

It's one of the coolest nautical decorations that I've seen. It fits the rest of his decor too. It's a little seaside cottage in Connecticut. Very cool. Just another idea of what to do with old sails.
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I was at the Seattle Boat Show a couple years ago and came upon a booth showcasing bags made from recycled sails of all kinds. They were mostly targeting women as the bags looked quite stylish with various designs for shoulder bags or gym style bags or clothing bags. They were done using different colors and fabrics of sails to give them a more professional and nautical appearance. I had to compliment them and tell them how nice they looked then said good thing my wife is not here or she would buy one or two! They said I should buy her one but I noticed their pricing was quite a deterrant. So I bid them good day and kept my money but I have to say they looked pretty good and it was a creative way to recycle sails.
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There is a place in Door County Wisconsin called Hands On Art. They have used old sails as sun screens as you suggest. Check them out on the web. You may be able to see a picture of the sails in use.
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Seabags is probably the company you're referring to that makes ladies handbags. My wife's bought a couple. I'd have made her some and saved a bunch of money if I had access to old sailcloth!

They do very nice work, but they're pricey!

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Donate them for Africa!

There are some organizations that accept old sails then send them to Africa, Central America and other impoverished areas for use as shelter or by fishermen on their boats.

Not sure what there is in your area, but our Club here in Toronto promotes it... Good luck!

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I used my old main for a sun shade on the patio and whenver a sailor comes to enjoy our shade, I end up with another spare sail. They only last about 10 months in the Neveda sun but I have three replacements in the garage waiting their turn.
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I used my old main for a sun shade on the patio and whenver a sailor comes to enjoy our shade, I end up with another spare sail. They only last about 10 months in the Neveda sun but I have three replacements in the garage waiting their turn.
That's an awesome patio!

Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things y%^&*.....oh never mind. 90% of the people on sailing forums already use that as their signature! I'm not a conformist.
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Smile Get creative

Depending on how good you are as a tailor or with a sewing machine, cut the old sail up and make a jacket, a vest, or even make carrying bags like the canvas totes that sell for $$$ to give as Christmas presents to both sailing and non-sailing friends.
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