Ok. we got old blown out sails
on our little hole in the water
, but they don't have holes, the corners are in good shape and we can't afford a new suite of sails
, not even used ones at the moment.
My issue is the hardware
that has been left on them to corrode shut. In particular the shackles for hanking on the head sails
are just plain stuck. I am wary of trying to use pliers to force them because that seems to much like a nail and hammer approach and even with my needlenose I can't get a good grip on anything to bring pressure to bear. I have heard that soaking in vinegar will dissolve salt
, but I think there may be more here than that to take into account. These sails have been stored on the boat, prolly for years, rolled up and just sitting there is a pretty much unused boat. I am also afraid of using anything on them that if it touches the sails will mess them up.
advice? The hardware
on the boat all seems to be of older, but very good quality, so I expect under the powder and corrosion
there is sound stainless.