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post #11 of 35 Old 11-17-2019
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Re: Old sails

You might be able to sell your main on eBay. Someone else might want your sail.

Also, people who know how to sew are often looking for sail material that can be repurposed. A local Craigslist ad for the sail might get you some bucks to help finance the purchase of a new sail.

Look online for good used sails for your boat.
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I'll be a while before I can get me a new main. I plan on replacing it within my next few paydays. I'm holding off on the jib as it's still in great shape. Unless I find a really good deal on one with some good colors to it.
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....with some good colors to it.
I see it's not purely about saving money.......


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Re: Old sails

Assuming your sails show no visible damage to the clothe or grommets etc... and no obvious distortion / bagging out...it seems that aging.. stretching of the cloth is a slow continuous process.... and one you may not notice as it's gradual.

How would you determine the shape has reached the point where the sail can't perform well? Would you seek the advice on a sail with a sail maker or another sailor? What would inform your decision to but a new sail?

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So, here's the question should I go ahead and purchase a new sail and hold onto it or wait until my current one finally goes out?

I was in the Caribbean and had sun damage on the main and looked like I needed a new one pronto. But I didn't have any money so I bought a litre (quater gallon) of contact cement glue and a few feet of free sail cloth from the trash.

I sailed from the Caribbean to panama.... 1,000nms
Panama to Galapagos... 1,000 nms
Galapagos to Australia.... 6,000 nms
Bought a new mainsail in Thailand but kept the old one up
Australia to TURKEY,.... ummmm, a long way....

The mainsail finally blew out 40 nms from marmaris, Turkey on the passage from Egypt... a full 2 years after the first patch was done.

So your UV damaged sail might last half a circumnavigation. Mine did!

By the way, sailmakers have a rip-off trick they use to scare you. The fold a bit of your sail between their thumb and forefingers and pull it apart with the leverage of both thumbs along a grain line of the sail. This put a small rip in your sail and they go "AHHH! See? You need a whole new sail!" The reason why this is BS is that the force they use is much higher than the wind and the wind goes across the sail and across the grain not with it.


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I'm milking my main along too. It's original kit to my 1976 boat, and this Saturday was my 348th sea day on it. I have literally sailed the numbers off of it. I've had it patched six times and it has more seams and spots taped than I care to count. Keith, my sail maker, has priced a new one for me and I'll probably pull the trigger on that this winter. Every time Keith looks it over he is amazed at how well it is holding up, but he swears that one day it will just burst into tatters.

I'm attached to it. Keeping it alive is kinda fun. It's baggy and ugly, and there is no question of degraded performance. But I'm no racer that doesn't bother me much. It's days are numbered, but with all our history, it will be hard to make the change.
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Stitching may go first...no?

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I had a set of old sails in my basement for years. I had replaced the original-to-the-boat (Oday 23) sails as they were very soft and baggy with a custom set from a local sailmaker. I kept the old sails as emergency back ups, and never touched them in the 17+ years they sat there. When I decided to sell the boat, I was going to include the old set with the package, but I ran across this place:

https://seabags.com/our-company/sea-...e-program.html

I emailed them, and they came to my office, picked up the sails, and made me two bags made from my actual sails as "payment" for donating the material. They included the original "O23" logo from the main on each bag. So instead of taking up room at a landfill or sitting in someone's basement, my old sails provided me with two new bags (a tote and a duffel) that are personally meaningful to me. Noice.

When I get around to replacing the sails on my "new" boat, I'll probably do the same thing.
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I had a set of old sails in my basement for years. I had replaced the original-to-the-boat (Oday 23) sails as they were very soft and baggy with a custom set from a local sailmaker. I kept the old sails as emergency back ups, and never touched them in the 17+ years they sat there. When I decided to sell the boat, I was going to include the old set with the package, but I ran across this place:

https://seabags.com/our-company/sea-...e-program.html

I emailed them, and they came to my office, picked up the sails, and made me two bags made from my actual sails as "payment" for donating the material. They included the original "O23" logo from the main on each bag. So instead of taking up room at a landfill or sitting in someone's basement, my old sails provided me with two new bags (a tote and a duffel) that are personally meaningful to me. Noice.

When I get around to replacing the sails on my "new" boat, I'll probably do the same thing.
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I love this idea and absolutely plan to use it! Thanks for posting!
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