OK, we've recently taken possession of a 21 year old cruising yacht and while out sailing last weekend we put up the gennaker
. Yay!! Light winds on a broad reach and we were doing about 4.2kts in 5.5kts apparent.
It appears to be an original sail, so its probably close to 21 years old, but it set well and seems to be in pretty decent shape. The snuffer system needs some maintenance
work, but other than that the sail appears to be perfectly serviceable and since the wallet is still in shock from the purchase
of the boat, I'm reluctant to bin the sail and get a brand new one made anyway.
The big issue with the sail is the large, partially faded and generally pretty hideous hand painted coat of arms that graces the sail
. Some panels
have faded more than others and its a nasty patchwork of marginal artistic merit proudly proclaiming a scottish heritage that the original owner was obviously keen to share.
So, does anyone have any bright ideas as to how I can remove this hand painted image from an otherwise serviceable gennaker
? Any solvents that are safe for nylon spinnaker
cloth? Would it just turn into a huge smooshy blurry mess if I try to remove it with solvent?
I'm starting to think that we may be stuck with the "decoration" until we replace the sail. At least we'll be easily identifiable when we're sailing downwind.
Oh and using the spinnaker
instead isn't going to be a solution because I'm told it too has the same hand painted coat of arms on it (though I haven't even pulled it out of its bag yet).