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Posts made in October, 2013

Fixing sails part 2

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Spring is coming. The first warmer days are behind us, now the thought of the first sail in the new season is becoming more and more real. May comes around, we lower the boat on the water, rig it, put up the sails and …. oh, shit!!! It turns out that there is a hole here and a small crack there. Nothing else to do but take the sails to a sailmaker’s shop!! But sailmaker’s shops are very busy during this time of year and the payment for repairs will make your pocket lighter. May is the busiest month for sailmaker’s shops: orders, which began in the winter and spring are being finished. Deadline for the pick-up of most sails is set at the beginning of May (long weekend). During the winter, when the old sail is taken to a sailmaker’s...

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Fixing sails part 1

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Sail repair. When using our sails, we are often faced with a dilemma: should we ignore a tear, which appeared on the sail, and keep on sailing (with a possible enlarged tear in the future) or should we spend an hour or two on a makeshift patch. A large repair usually requires a visit to a sailmaker’s shop. A small repair, maybe not very spectacular and maybe visible from afar, but when done carefully, will allow for a long lifespan of the sail when sailing in not too strong winds. If you decide to repair a sail on your own, you will need several sizes of needles, a thicker nylon 6 thread (houseline – preferably waxed, because in many cases, it automatically holds the thread tension in the seam), a sailmaker’s palm and scissors. Often times,...

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