I am planning a six week trip next summer from NYC
to Lubec, Maine
and back in my Pearson
26. I have not done a trip of this scale before, and I am working on many aspects of my boat before the voyage. Unfortunately, my sails
need a little work, and I'm hoping somebody can give me advice on what I can do to bring them up to snuff without spending too much.
My main is in quite good shape, although not as crisp as it probably once was and also there is a a little bit of fraying at the luff where the sail is folded back and double stitched. The stitching is all intact and strong, but occasionally I have to cut off tiny wisps of dakron and I wouldn't be surprised if this reached the stitching at some point. Is there some product I can put on over the stitching to harden up the edge and stop this from happening?
My main only has one reef, and I want to install a second and maybe a third set of reef points. I have found instructions on how to do this myself, but I don't have a ton of experience with a sewing machine
. Would it be better to get this done by somebody like Sailcare? And maybe have them do that restoration
thing they do while I'm at it? Does anyone have experience with this company, or recommend another? How much should I expect to spend if I am getting something like this done?
And now onto the headsail. I have a 1.25 genoa
that, although thick and relatively new feeling in most areas, unfortunately took some real damage last season. It opened about up on the roller furl at the dock
during a windstorm, and whipped around for a couple of hours before the guys at the boatyard were able to let me know about the problem. The result was a few sections of considerable chafe and torn stitching along the luff, a three foot bagged out section on the foot just a little bit bit forward of the clew, and a delamination
of the UV material along parts
of the tack. I resewed the stitching and taped up the chafe after it happened, but now that the season is over it's not looking so great.
Should I look to get this Genoa
repaired or would it make more sense to invest in a new one? It seems like they are starting around $500 bucks. I already have a beautiful, never used genoa from UK sails
of the same size, but it is a (kevlar?) laminate genoa with hanks and I am not sure if it can or should be modified to fit the roller furl. Can I fly a hank-on jib
without messing with the existing forestay? So, how to proceed: repair, replacement, or modification of rig to use the hank-on genoa?
Lastly, the boat came with one tiny storm jib
, but I must say it does not seem like a very strong sail and it has no reinforcement whatsoever on the leech, just a bare edge. Almost looks unfinished. Is there something I can do to beef up this sail a bit and make sure it will fit in the roller furl? Or do I just fly it outside the roller furl forestay (same question from the genoa situation, I guess)? If not, should I consider one of those storm sails that fits over the rolled up jib
? How much do those go for and where should I look for a reasonable one?
I know I asked a lot, but hopefully you all can give me some guidance on how to proceed. I am working on a pretty limited budget
, especially considering all the other work and upgrades that need to be done, so cheaper options are heavily preferred! Thanks a lot in advance.