Originally Posted by Jim Cate
Yep, Tenara is the good stuff. Our boom bag, nine years old, has not a stitch missing. Our dodger
, about 5 years old had one zipper sewn in with Dacron by mistake. That zip was falling out... all the other seams are as new.
It does require some fooling about with the tensions to get the stitching right. The stuff is very slippery! But I think the reason for the raised prices for using it is simply that the thread is pretty expensive compared to even good Dacron. Here in Oz it fetches around 175 bucks a spool! But worth it!
It is very difficult to source here in Europe
on the internet
. After no replies to several queries I contacted Gore in Germany
directly. I heard from the Greek distributor within a matter of hours and received a courier delivery
within 3 days. That was about 4 years ago.
At the beginning of the year while I was in Australia
I ordered some online from Sailrite
in the US. It was $129 a spool. My spool from 4 years ago is only about half used.
It is worth every penny and more if you consider the cost of whatever you are having done and all the trouble (and cost) of taking it to a sailmaker/canvas worker and having it repaired only a few years later (the last stitching on the old boom rent lasted only 6 years).
For anyone sewing with it, don't be put off hearing it is difficult to work with. There are a few very simple tips Sailrite
give and as long as these are followed and tension adjusted before you start, it sews very easily.