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So, I'm doing a "crafty" project setting up my son's new bunkbed - he wants a "pirate ship" or "sailboat" theme. As a part of this, among other things, he wants a "sail" up top. Most of the used sails I see advertised places have (at least in their owner's eyes) some life left in them, and are priced accordingly. I really just need some no-longer-serviceable sails to reuse. I've seen a few threads on here from folks talking about reusing/repurposing their no-longer-serviceable sails, but not where one might go...should I just call the nearest sailmakers?
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Re: Where to buy used (shot) sails?

It might help if you said where you are located. Plan 'b' would simply be to buy a yard or two of canvas looking fabric.

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Re: Where to buy used (shot) sails?

Unless he's got a really big bedroom, you're looking for a dinghy or sailboard sail.

+1 on Jeff's Plan 'b'
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Re: Where to buy used (shot) sails?

Would you say the average bunk bed takes up about 18 square feet? The smallest sail I can think of, on a sunfish, is 75 square feet. I like Jeff’s idea, especially if you’re just going to cut it down anyway.

I’ve seen, on the other hand, sails used to wrap all around piping and railings to make pretty cool looking awnings and wind blocks. They weren’t still in sail shape, but you would tell it was lashed and folded to fit, but that’s what it was. Last I recall was at the rebuilt Foxy’s Taboo on JVD.


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So, I'm doing a "crafty" project setting up my son's new bunkbed - he wants a "pirate ship" or "sailboat" theme. As a part of this, among other things, he wants a "sail" up top. Most of the used sails I see advertised places have (at least in their owner's eyes) some life left in them, and are priced accordingly. I really just need some no-longer-serviceable sails to reuse. I've seen a few threads on here from folks talking about reusing/repurposing their no-longer-serviceable sails, but not where one might go...should I just call the nearest sailmakers?
Local sailmakers are a good place to start. They are likely to have a few spent sails laying around, although there are people to grab old sails to make bags out of, so they may be spoken for.

You could also approach dinghy sailing clubs. Dinghy sails will be more size appropriate for your purposes. Old windsurfer sails are another option although they tend to be more colorful and high tech looking, not very "piratey".

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Re: Where to buy used (shot) sails?

I should have said: I'm in Central Virginia, so none of these things (dingy, sailboard clubs, sailmakers) is local to me. However, there are places on the Chesapeake I can reach out to easily enough.

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Would you say the average bunk bed takes up about 18 square feet? The smallest sail I can think of, on a sunfish, is 75 square feet. I like Jeff’s idea, especially if you’re just going to cut it down anyway.

I’ve seen, on the other hand, sails used to wrap all around piping and railings to make pretty cool looking awnings and wind blocks. They weren’t still in sail shape, but you would tell it was lashed and folded to fit, but that’s what it was. Last I recall was at the rebuilt Foxy’s Taboo on JVD.
While the surface of a standard twin bed is more like 18sf, I'll be rigging up something closer to a canopy/tent top over the upper bunk.

The lower will have a dark canvas "curtain" to mimic the sides of the hull, with portals fringed/surrounded with good old hemp rope. Sure, I could use a light-colored canvas, but I'm hoping to get an old sail for like next to nothing, plus, yeah, much cooler with the real thing.

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Local sailmakers are a good place to start. They are likely to have a few spent sails laying around, although there are people to grab old sails to make bags out of, so they may be spoken for.

You could also approach dinghy sailing clubs. Dinghy sails will be more size appropriate for your purposes. Old windsurfer sails are another option although they tend to be more colorful and high tech looking, not very "piratey".

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I'm hoping to be one of those "spoken for" people.

I think he won't get hung up on the color issue (historical accuracy) - he'll be all about the colors.

There is a consignment shop (sailing gear) in Deltaville, VA that I'm going to query...and a sailmaker there...and at Solomons...I'll start with that. Also, a guy we know in the SMSA at Solomons might have a line on old dingy sails.

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Re: Where to buy used (shot) sails?

Check out Bacon sails in Annapolis

https://baconsails.com

I don't know if they still sell what they called "junk" sails, but I bought one from them 20 years ago. They sail people bought them for tarps, etc. IIRC, the freight was about about equal to what the cost of the sail was (by that I mean that they charged little for the sail).

I'm in SE Virginia, so shipping should be about the same for you.
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Re: Where to buy used (shot) sails?

I have a blown out laminate jib you can have, if you are willing to pay shipping costs from Vermont. It does have a ripped panel, and it is not worth fixing. Shipping Shouldn’t be exorbitant,
Let me know if you are interested.

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I don't know if they still sell what they called "junk" sails, but I bought one from them 20 years ago. They sail people bought them for tarps, etc. IIRC, the freight was about about equal to what the cost of the sail was (by that I mean that they charged little for the sail).

I'm in SE Virginia, so shipping should be about the same for you.
This is exactly what I am looking for...

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I have a blown out laminate jib you can have, if you are willing to pay shipping costs from Vermont. It does have a ripped panel, and it is not worth fixing. Shipping Shouldn’t be exorbitant,
Let me know if you are interested.
....although this is even better! I just tried to DM/PM you, but my post count isn't quite high enough yet to be allowed to do that. If you DM me, I can respond I think.
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