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Riding sails, harbor awnings, windscoops, winch, horseshoe, binacle, and instrument covers, hatch slide storage bags, Halyard bags, chafe gear, sea covers for the hatches, and so on. Just remember that sail cloth is very strong, but not particularly UV resistant.
 

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Lee cloths?
Is that the correct name of the gizmo's you put around the stern rails for added protection from the elements?
 

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You asked what YOU could make, but you also might consider letting someone make you a bag. I believe they trade you a bag for your sail. If you go to seabags dot com, you can click on the link for recycle your sail. They make nice, though pricy, bags.
 

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Lee boards keep you in a bunk or berth.
Lee cloths help reduce water splashing the cockpit.
Hard alee is a barely perceptible turn or tack~~~!~~~
 

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Honestly, the bags are easy to make. I designed the tote after looking at my wife's Land's End bag for 10 minutes and then making a newspaper pattern to get the construction sequence right. The duffel was easier in that it's just a tube with two circles on each end. The gold sail material are cutoffs from my sailmaker that he had in the trash.

A tote takes about 90 minutes to make (most of the time is spent just cutting material) and the duffel takes about 4 hours because of the details. But they're not HARD. All that's needed is a willingness to fail... I had nothing to lose, the genoa was already dead. Totes make great gifts and I make 4 or 5 at a time after Thanksgiving in time for the Holidays. Special people get sailcloth bags, acquaintances get bags from old sailcovers or material form JoAnn Fabrics.

While not made from my genoa, this handbag for my wife is made from racing laminate and material left over when I made new interior cushions:
 

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Do you need special needles for the sewing machine?
Buy the largest dia needles available for your machine. That will reduce skipped stitches. Increase the down pressure of your foot if using a home machine. Use upholstery thread if you can't get V92 thread locally. Or use sailrite.com. Note that sailcloth is generally heavy and while the tote bags don't have a lot of layers, adding the binding tape does add bulk and you would benefit from a walking foot machine.

Having made many totes on a Sailrite LSZ-1 machine, I believe that they are within the capability of most home machines too.
 

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My wife made this great little day bag for me 8 years ago on our Sailrite machine. Was made out of the carbon fiber jib of Dennis Conners Stars and Stripes (USA 11).



If you ever get to San Diego for a day the trip on this boat is awesome. Both my wife and I had the helm for over 15 minutes each.

http://sailusa11.com/





 
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