After getting estimates for repair and replacement of the 1.25 genoa
on my Pearson
26 at $300 and $900, respectively, I have decided to have a go at repairing it myself. The sail is damaged along the leech and foot from opening up on the roller furl and flogging against the forstay while at dock
. The rest of the sail is in great shape, although admittedly not the highest quality, and I think it might not be worth sinking the repair dollars into it.
So my plan is to buy some dacron sail cloth and reinforce this area by covering the UV strip along the entire leech and foot. I have a strong old sewing machine
and I have been practicing on it. The sewing machine
does zig-zag stitches, but the maximum width of the zig-zag is 3/16 of an inch (4.7 millimeters). It is still a nice sized zigzag but not nearly as large as the existing stitch on the sail. This is my first question... will using a smaller stitch width weaken the sail by perforating it too closely? The sailmaker
sewing machines offer zigzag widths up to 10mm, but I cannot find any minumum values anywhere. It seems to me that a 3/16" zigzag width would still be nice and strong, but I am hoping someone with experience can confirm this.
My next question is more of a general request for advice on this project
. My plan was to cut the cloth into panels
, twice the with of the UV strip, and fold them around the outside of the sail, then glue them in place and sew the panel on. Would it make sense to make the "new" UV strip a little wider than the old one to prevent doubling up and therefore weakening the stitching? Obviously I have to be careful not to alter the shape of the sail, but will the extra weight along the leech and foot affect my performance?
Any advice or experience with this type of thing is much appreciated.