I have a genoa
that is in good condition overall but took some damage along the leech and foot when it partially opened up on the roller furl last year during a windstorm. The layer of UV protection is intact and that is really what is holding the leech together. The sail itself chafed through along various parts
of the leech and the stitching is open where the seams between the panels
lead away from the edge leech.
It will probably need a long patch along the entire 29' leech and a some reinforcement around the clew and along the foot. The leech line is perfectly fine, and if I could just sew a big patch along the length of the leech I think it would work well. Will the added weight of doubling up the dacron along the UV strip affect performance?
Or perhaps this is the kind of thing that is best left to the professionals. It would be nice having the security
of a job well done, and I'm hoping that since it's not that complicated an undertaking it wouldn't be too expensive? Or is that just wishful thinking?
Any advice would be much appreciated... I don't have much experience with this sort of thing. Thanks!