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Old 01-05-2022, 15:22   #1
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Getting rid of old sails in Australia

Hi, Iíve recently bought an old boat that came with some very old, very tired sails.
These would be the third in line to use, after the racing set and the good condition cruising set.

Iíve read the threads that say there are organisations that collect and donate old sails in third world countries.
I havenít found anyone doing that in Australia.
Any thoughts?

Alternatively, I suggested to my wife that we could repurpose them, only to be advised that wasnít happening.

Finally, if the answer is to get rid of them, what have people found to be the best way to actually do that.

Any advice appreciated.
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Old 01-05-2022, 15:43   #2
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Re: Getting rid of old sails in Australia

You can re-purpose them into awnings....if you are even remotely handy with a sewing machine..
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Old 01-05-2022, 17:15   #3
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Re: Getting rid of old sails in Australia

Training sails.
Teach the crew to deploy, retrieve, flake and bag without stomping all over your new race sails.

Another step down the chain is learn about sail repair - you very quickly appreciate the skills and equipment of a sailmaker.

Repurposing as awnings , cushion covers gear bags etc becomes old as your skill level improves.
So hard to put the effort into a quality fabrication and stitch up when your materials are old stained and compromised.

Salvage any hardware and repurpose as landfill.

BTW a Kevlar sail does not go well at the waste transfer station.
The strings are long and hard to cut fouling the shredder.
I expect Dacron wouldn't be such an issue.
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Re: Getting rid of old sails in Australia

Sail Recycling Artists (Australia) ➥ https://www.sailexchange.com.au/page...ycling-artists

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Re: Getting rid of old sails in Australia

We have an old HydraNet jib that we want to get rid of. In New Zealand there is a used sail exchange but nothing similar in Australia AFAIK. Bummer. You can try putting it on Gumtree.
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Re: Getting rid of old sails in Australia

I use old sails as tarps to cover firewood, and have cut others down to make duffel bags for travelling. If you were close by, I'd take them off your hands. Too bad OZ is so far away...
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Re: Getting rid of old sails in Australia

If you are planning on going overseas to the Islands, PNG or Vanuatu etc.
Those sails would be really appreciated by the local sailors. I offloaded my old sails before departing Oz and regretted it, I wish I'd carried them for the short journey.
Their sailing canoes are using old blue tarps or anything they can get hold of

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If you dont need to sell them someone on a yacht will be going that way.
Good luck, Hope attachment works
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Re: Getting rid of old sails in Australia

Hi, Chris,

I think "samui" has a great idea here. If you know someone bound for the Louisiades, Vanuatu, or PNG, someone there can do something with your old sails, for sure, and feel fortunate to have them.

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Sail Exchange in Brookvale Sydney.
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Thanks, all, some good tips.
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