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Question Temporary sail repair?

I have a small rip in my main sail at the top baton pocket. I am wondering if I can just sandwich it with some duct tape?
I plan on having it fixed by a pro, but I'm going out tomorrow and dont have time to fix it before then.
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There is available temporary sail repair tape which you can use in an emergency to get you back to port. I've had some on my sails for years.

Tape it and go sailing. Don't stress it if you can help it. (I'm a cruiser, not a racer - my usual comment when asked if I shouldn't trim the sails is, "Check the maintenance log. I think I trimmed them last Tuesday.")

So you racer sailors can take exception to this response, if you wish. I'll just keep sailing and drinking my rum, and set it down where I wish without fear that it will spill.

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Get the sail cloth repair tape at the chandlery... tape it on both sides... sew through the tape to reinforce it...

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Had a similar tear last year on a batten pocket. Had some Dacron sail tape. I think I ordered it from West Marine. Was planning on replacing the main anyway so put the sail tape on both sides and went out anyway. It's a year later and still haven't replaced the main AND haven't had to retape where the tear is either. Don't know what they use for adhesive on that stuff but it last through wind, rain, snow, fog, accidental jibes, bad sail tack downs, inexperiences crew, birds, hosing down to clean the sail, 2 regattas and this spring we raised the sail at night a showed a movie on it when one of the local houseboaters had a dvd projector. (watched pirates of the caribbean). No one even noticed the tape on the sail.....get some sail tape and keep sailing. You'll probably wear out the rest of the sail before the sail tape comes loose.....
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Just get some 200MPH tape like they use for quickie body repairs in NASCAR. You'll be fine.
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For living in a lake town., this place sucks for buying sailing supply's.

I think I may just use some tape I have left over from my last nascar race......

Thanks for the input folks.


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LOL. You must live on Lake Norman. hehehe
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