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Smile Fun things to do with blown-out sails

One winter project I have had this year is to make a cat litter box that fits our (very-large-and-growing) maine coon. I had some scrap wood, an under-bed tupperware container, and a free blown out sail. Here's what I came up with:






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That is an excellent Idea....and I have a cat also that is similar to yours

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I Made the sailcoth into a Retangular bag, with a height of about 2 feet and a sewn bottom. I figure, if too much litter ends up outside the tupperware, I can simply separate things and pour the litter back into the tupperware. The grommets came from harborfreight tools

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Cool..can I share..?

Sail Bags, Duffel Bags, Toilet paper holders and "neccessities"/toiletries bags....

Have done a little sail repair too, but these are the "fun" things...
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Cool..can I share..?

Sail Bags, Duffel Bags, Toilet paper holders and "neccessities"/toiletries bags....

Have done a little sail repair too, but these are the "fun" things...
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Perhaps there should be an official thread devoted to how to repurpose used sails.... One project I am working on now is a cockpit cover to keep the dew off. I made one out of drop-cloth canvas last year, so I have a template. I just need something more mildew and rain resistant.

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Sorry for the hijack but that is one cute Maine Coon kitty. He/she deserves some extra privacy in the box and seems quite proud that Daddy made this for me.

I've made tiller covers for our boat out of old sails. I'm contemplating making a new bag for our Lifesling out of old sail but I'm also thinking something like Sunbrella might last a bit longer.

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We use old sails in our ultimately green recycling project. We use them to carry raked leaves to the compost heap. For the fun part... we jump in the leaves.
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What do I do with my crappy, blown-out, made in China sails you ask?

Hoist them from the main and mizzen masts.

I do have a nice new head-sail though and some day the bank account shall recover enough to buy 2 more....

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Sources for old sail cloth: a local sailmaker literally had close to a dozen old sails for me to chose from; just for the asking. I even got a free sail bag out of the deal. Apparently, many people in my area just pitch their old sails after the template has been made. Their garbage is my bag/kitty box/cockpit cover/etc.

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i have a pretty good main that i inadvertently blew out,ripping it almost stem to stern about 2 ft from the boom,i've been kindof thinking of just shortening it into a storm sail,any thoughts,anybody?
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