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ok, here''s the deal. I am mechanicly inept. To the point that I use outboards exclusivly, and my little sloop and it''s dingy are getting oars just in case (and they also act as emergency steering God forbid the need arise)

I also want to spend some time as a reletivley self sufficient cruiser. I have put together clothing, and can do basic upholstry, and I hear that a sailmaker, with a decent machine, and room in their boat for a (very) small loft, can make enough to sustain themselves. Now, I''ve heard of the do it yourself sail kits, and those are neet, in fact, I may use them for some of the projects I''m working on, but I''m not too sure about that as far as feasability out in the field goes.

What does one do to learn about sail making? Determining the right size and shape for a given boat and set of sailing circumstances?

Also, any thoughts on the viability of a floating loft as a means of suplimenting a sailing kitty?


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There several books on the subject. Probably the most comprehensive is "The Sailmakers Apprentice" by Marino. Don Casey''s "Canvaswork & Sail Repair" gets into sail repair, which is the kind of work you might expect to find while cruising.

Sailrite, WWW.sailrite.com has a lot of information and supplies for sailmaking. They also have a CD available on how to do sail repair.


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I heartily agree with the suggestion of "The Sailmakers Apprentice" It is an excellent book that covers the principals of all aspects of sail design, repair, maintenance and construction. A must have!
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