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05-12-2009 11:10 PM
tnc110 TSP is the ticket...this stuff really works well, and i tried just about everything else!!! Thanks guys!!! saved me $2500 in new sails!
05-05-2009 09:01 AM
Gary3675 Not sure where you are located but you could try Bacon Sails in Annapolis for used sails. I have bought sails from them and been pleased.
Bacon Sails & Marine Supplies
05-05-2009 08:35 AM
tnc110 did the bath tub thing last with with detergent...no luck. going to get some real TSP and try it.

Looking more like im going to have to buy new sails.....
05-04-2009 11:40 PM
Sailormann
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Any advice???
Buy new sails. Spend Money. Keep the economy moving.
05-04-2009 10:06 PM
jgeissinger Do what AllThumbs says, but also put something heavy (bucket of water, for example) on them. Dacron floats. Also, real TSP from a hardware store works very well and won't harm the dacron. Do not use bleach, whatever minimal stiffness these sails have will disappear. Also, Dacron won't absorb Rit type dye. It has to be added in the manufacturing process. But best suggestion of all, get a quote from FX Sails or some such. New sails will make your boat better in every way.
05-04-2009 09:53 PM
AllThumbs Fill the tub with water that you can just barely put you hands in without getting burnt. Add a scoop or two of tide. Insert sail. Swish the sail around every 15 minutes or so for an hour. Add more hot water. repeat swishing every 15 minutes for another hour. Drain tub. You will be surprised how dirty the water is. Add more hottish water. Swish sail around, drain. Add water one more time. swish and drain. Hang sail on the clothes line or over a fence and hose off (both sides). Let dry.

They should be much cleaner now. I have done this twice. Made a huge difference.

Eric
05-04-2009 09:48 PM
sailortjk1 LOL,
Try the experts at sailcare.
They will examine them and let you know exactly where you stand, but like Solomons has said, chances are they are blown out.
05-04-2009 09:47 PM
tager Wait. Can you dye sails? I want to tie dye my sails! Would that be bad for the cloth? Enlighten me oh wise ones who hath ruined thine sails once before.
05-04-2009 09:42 PM
SailSolomons Mmmmmm now let me see!!, 34 year old boat with 34 year old brown sails!!
Looks like you need new sails!!!
05-04-2009 09:33 PM
tnc110 i might just have to color them brown...i HATE the idea, but they are that bad...how would i do that?
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