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sail maint.

1289 Views 8 Replies 7 Participants Last post by  DonScribner
hello everyone.
first I want to thank everyone who has responded to my earlier post. good info.
I have been inspecting my sails and have found very small holes in the bottom of my mail. when I say small, I mean really small. a couple larger ones are around an eighth of an inch across. is this something to be very concerned about? if so, is it repairable? do I need to get a new sail? can I make my own sails? what type of sewing machine and materials will I need? also, I am looking for some electronics, used is okay, any leads or advice as to where is the best place to look for used electronics? thanls again. this forum is great.
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The question is how the holes got there. If it was due to some kind of accidental damage, or abrasion, or wear, they could be (and should be!) repaired. If, however, the fabric has generally deteriorated to the point where it's just ripping on its own under load, you need to replace the whole sails.

So that's the question. The general state of the sail cloth.

Now isn't really the time to be making sails, given your lack of experience. You'd need a powerful sewing machine (Sailrite LS1 is one), and all the materials, and ability to design and build the sail. There are plenty of good sail makers around who do good repairs. You could also look into second hand sails.
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