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Old 25-08-2015, 14:51   #1
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New or Refurbish?

Hi all,
I have a 135% Genoa that I bought with the boat (Bavaria 38-2004) and assume it was new with the boat. It is a laminated sail by Elvstrom, sweden. After 11 years the UV strip is kaput, I can poke my fingers throught in places and have been sailing with quite a few pieces of sail tape holding things together. The thing is it is only the outer panels of the sail which are the heavier laminates that are wrecked. These panels are by far the heaviest material, the panels getting lighter as they progress towards the luff. The heavier laminates are stiff and appear to have cracked wherever there were wrinkles or shaking. However the lighter panels appear in perfect order. It seems the heavier panels are the ones that get most of the sun, and wear and tear.

Can the older heavier panels be unstitched and new panels replaced along with a new UV strip? I had a measure up for a new Genoa same size and they want about $5k (NZ) for a sail made of dacron(?), not a laminate. The original sail did 11 years, although has not been used heavily I was happy with how its shape still held fairly well despite the obvious damage. It seems a shame to discard it when the inner panels seem in such good condition still.
Thanks in advance for your advice.
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Old 25-08-2015, 17:16   #2
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Re: New or Refurbish?

No, the transition point between new and old cloth will be a disaster. It is the aft part of the sail that goes first. Unless under engineered sails always tear from back to front.

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