Originally Posted by Renegade132
Thanks for the advice. I am looking to sew a patch on the sail and found on another thread that they used contact adhesive under the patch. They also said sailrite
offers double sided repair tape, but have yet to find it on their website. The sails
are very old, originals from 1968, so we are attached to them and would like to fix ourselves.
A couple of things: "basting" tape is not in itself strong enough to make a repair. Some sailmakers stick seams together with tape that they say is strong enough to hold a sail together without stitching... but I note that they still do the stitching, so who knows. (Our new HydraNet main is so constructed: glued and stitched.)
But mate, if your sails are really 45 years old you are very unlikely to be able to resurrect them. The cloth is almost certainly badly degraded... why do you think that it tore in the first place? No reputable sailmaker
would waste his time or your money
on such a repair. Of course, if the sail has never been in the sun, then it might well be usable... but again, why did it tear?
Sailrite used to recommend using silicone adhesive to stick seams together prior to sewing, but never suggested that it would hold any stress. The downside of the silicone, or the "basting" tape for that matter, is that it sticks to the needle and gums it up whilst sewing. Can be a real PITA. Sailrite also used to publish a little pamphlet on sail repair... perhaps still do, but more likely a video these days. Having a look at such would be worthwhile for you.
I endorse learning to do minor repairs on your own sails -- a handy talent for a cruiser who ventures off the yellow brick road. Doing the job on your old sail could be a good learning experience for you, but I couldn't advise ever trusting the repaired sail.
Oh... besides Sailrite, Bainbridge and Contender both sell all the required materials and tools.