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Old 06-10-2015, 06:47   #1
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Sail repair in Colorado

We just had a great experience with a supplier in Golden Colorado that I wanted to share with you, in case it might be useful to anyone else in similar circumstances.
We ripped about a three foot tear in our main sail while sailing around our home island of Providenciales. Asked local sailors where we could get it fixed and were directed toward an upholstery repair shop. Well, we took the sail to them, even though this would be the third upholstery repair shop we'd used on Providenciales. We wouldn't go back to either of the first two. And now we won't go back to the third one, either. The repair job was so bad we decided not to even try to use the sail before getting the repair repaired.

This season we're trying something new, in that we put the boat on the hard in Provo for hurricane season while we sloughed off to the Rocky Mountains for several months in a travel trailer. We took our sails with us. We found a place in Golden Colorado that does sail repair, although their main business is parachute rigging and repair. Walt Green has some major league, heavy duty, long arm, industrial sewing machines. He showed me how he can sew through five layers of heavy webbing like it was thin cloth. And he knows rigging and nylon and webbing.

Bottom line is that he not only did an excellent repair job on our main sail rip, he also replaced all of our UV edging with new blue Sunbrella, and the sewing work on the new stuff is better than the original. I guess people who fix parachutes have a fairly high standard when it comes to reliability. Duh.

If you have need of sail repair or canvas work in general and find yourself near Golden Colorado, I cannot recommend them highly enough. Great work, on time, and under budget.

This was Walt Green at High Performance Sail Repair in Golden Colorado.
And I know this won't be of any use to most of you, but I also know there are a fair number of people like us who spend time in both Colorado and the Tropics, and taking a sail with you to get repaired in Colorado is a viable option when you can't find a good sail loft where you're cruising.
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