Originally Posted by boatman61
Shoot... that looks enormous... and I thought I had it bad hand sewing the luff on the 100% Yankee on Ellie Bo in the salon betweeen Panama and Nuku Hiva... well done..
It was a MASSIVE job. I unpicked the old strips (took 2 days) and cut out 40+ metres of the new Sunbrella strips with a hot knife. The actual sewing was done by Andy (CF member
NornaBiron) who is anchored in the bay a couple of nm from us and I acted as his apprentice for 6 days. It is a 2 person job as the sails
need to be manoevered through the machine - the material does not bunch up or slide along, it just stops short! Darts and splits on the strips for both the foot and leech of each sail were were needed.
I came back on board absolutely
exhausted every evening.
It will be very satisfying seeing the sails up though and I learned a huge amount in the process. I would tackle just about any repair we needed now.
Andy was brilliant - patient and meticulous and a joy to work with. If anyone needs any mobile sail repairs
I would highly recommend him
This is Andy having a tea break: