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Old 22-09-2012, 13:44   #1
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Sail Tear

Hello, I am trying to figure out how to repair a couple tears on my jib. I got caught in a wind storm and my jib furler jammed. To avoid losing control and getting blown into the nearby rocks I loosed the jib sheets and allowed the jib to flap until I was able to move forward and clear the furler. Later I discovered the jib had been torn by the excessive flapping.

The tears occurred along the leach of the jib immediately next to the aft hem of the third panel (orange lines in pic show approx. location). I'm fairly certain I can take some 2" wide dacron tape or repair tape, fold the hem over, and create a new leach hem, but I'm unsure of what materials to use. I've been thinking about using Repair Tape Adhesive Backed Ripstop White 2" x 25' or Tape Dacron 5oz White 2".

I've done cross stitch before and used to do the sewing/stitching repair in the ALSE shop in the army, so I'm comfortable w/ machine and hand stiching, I just don't know specifics about sail cloth, etc. Any suggestions on cloth and thread would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.
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