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Old 12-08-2017, 02:51   #1
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Keep or Sell Spare Mainsail?

So I'm on my newly acquired Albin Vega and space is at a premium. The previous owner left me two extra mainsails one was ostensibly the original from 1972 and the other is not much newer, too long for my mast (it's off a different Vega) and hogging space in my vee berth. I'm in Maryport England which is a tiny town with no boating shops. Is it worth trying to sell the newer old mainsail or should I throw it in the garbage like the original?

I've got a two year old Hyde mainsail and 100% jib as well as a genoa so no need for these junkers.
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Re: Keep or Sell Spare Mainsail?

If you don't/cannot sell or donate the sail, there are some artisans who will take the sail, give you a FREE tote bag and keep the rest of the material. I had a handy asym deck bag made from my old main. Yes it is a tad thick---- but did I mention it was FREE?

This year I am replacing my 135 and will have a nice tote bag made from the old sail.
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Old 12-08-2017, 04:13   #3
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Re: Keep or Sell Spare Mainsail?

Thought of doing something like that but I don't need any more bags. Leaning toward pitching this thing in the trash.
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Re: Keep or Sell Spare Mainsail?

Call up any sail lofts near you, they may be part of a sail donation organization. They may come get it from you and sent it to fishermen in Haiti who don't have much, even less decent sails. Try that before trashing it, they would be grateful for it.
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Used sails have very little value... like used toilet paper
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Thought of doing something like that but I don't need any more bags. Leaning toward pitching this thing in the trash.


Just give them an artisan and take nothing. Good for the karma!
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Re: Keep or Sell Spare Mainsail?

Dunno if you have Craigslist on that side of the pond, but over here (USA) there is a healthy market even for valueless junk. You may actually find a buyer.

Try eBay. Just make sure you cover your shipping costs. So long as the sail is still complete and could be hanked on, you'll likely find d a buyer.
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Re: Keep or Sell Spare Mainsail?

I would keep the one main that fits. When everything else fails you would still have a way of moving the boat.
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Re: Keep or Sell Spare Mainsail?

On a Vega 27 with the very limited space, I would give/donate them away. They sound very close to useless. You have a very good main, keep it covered and protective. Take care of loose treads. If something happens to it, you got a genny to sail with till you get it repaired. Carry a sail-repair ditty bag, with tread, needles, sail-maker's palm, sticky back sail patch fabric and hemostats. Small boats like the Vega rarely blow out newer sails. I use to sail one, they are tender because of the narrow beam, but stiffen up when the rail gets to the water. Tender boats are easier on sails, not like a cat that stands up to a puff.
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On a Vega 27 with the very limited space, I would give/donate them away. They sound very close to useless. You have a very good main, keep it covered and protective. Take care of loose treads. If something happens to it, you got a genny to sail with till you get it repaired. Carry a sail-repair ditty bag, with tread, needles, sail-maker's palm, sticky back sail patch fabric and hemostats. Small boats like the Vega rarely blow out newer sails. I use to sail one, they are tender because of the narrow beam, but stiffen up when the rail gets to the water. Tender boats are easier on sails, not like a cat that stands up to a puff.
Yes, we are like-minded, I'm going to pitch it out. I sail conservatively anyway so blowing out the main is bloody unlikely.
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Is it worth trying to sell the newer old mainsail or should I throw it in the garbage like the original?
I lugged around old sails with me for years. Then stored them at home. All they did for me was get older. I finally realized I am never going to use old sails. So I sold them. I met some really interesting people who were actually going to use them, and were glad to have them for just a few dollars.

Also, FWIW, excellent choice on the Albin Vega. You are going to have a great adventure and a ton of fun on that boat!
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Re: Keep or Sell Spare Mainsail?

You could seal it in something and put it away far back of berth under or etc. If you are going far cruising you never know you might blow out the main. If not going long range, get rid of them.
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Re: Keep or Sell Spare Mainsail?

Keep it on your boat and when you get to a 4th world nation donate the sail to a village where there livelihood depends on the sea with sailing vessels. Do like SV/Delos did in Madagascar with their old sail. It will do the most good for the whole village that way. Cheers.
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Re: Keep or Sell Spare Mainsail?

This is a 27ft boat with a 8ft beam. He'll only has a payload of about 750lb, he doesn't need to take up space/weight for a useless sail. He could add tankage, probably only has useable 15gals of water and 8gals of fuel.

If you want to carry another sail get a cruising chute, very fun on that boat. We use to have a Folkboat that was salvaged, stripped out everything including engine. Had some great daysailing with a cruising-chute, coming into the marina Newport Style (Chute full and rail down). Enjoy your boat, it's a light good sailing boat, try to keep it that way.

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Re: Keep or Sell Spare Mainsail?

Does your decision not depend, in large part, on the type of sailing you plan? Bad things happen to good sails. The consequences, including any need for immediate replacement typically depend upon where you are, where you are going, and the difficulties resulting from the absence of the sail. If you are going to attempt the northwest passage, crossing the Atlantic, or maybe even some lesser adventures, maybe you'd want or need it. Local day sailing, or living aboard, most likely no need. If your plans are not fixed, you could store it on land until things are more definite.
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