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.