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Hi all,
I have a rip along the stitching on my front sail. I was wondering if this is something that I can repair myself, or if I should take it in to the pros to fix. It's only about 6" long...I should have taken a picture, I will try to get one and add it to this thread tonight.
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If it's just the stitching that came loose, then I would stitch it back up. If it has a tear through the material, I prefer to have a pro make it look as nice as possible. Although, if you didn't do that in winds far greater than the sail should be flown in, it is a sign of things to come.
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This is not a big repair, you can so it yourself. Hand stitching is far superior to machine sewing.

the place of the rip is important. If it is due to wear of the stich (maybe due to sun), it is better to get proffesional help. Otherwise the rip might appear in other places.
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Ok, good info guys....thanks a lot!
I think I'll try to fix this myself, and then if I need to do it again...I'll take it to Boston Doyle in Sarnia, Ontario.

For now, I've just winched the cable halyard tight, and I'll use the second halyard to haul up another front sail that I have....the other sails I have are hank on...the sail that's ripped is set up for furling. (Zip Cord I think it's called?)
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