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SAIL CARE

 
LOOKING AFTER YOUR SAILS
 
UV DAMAGE
 
SALT DAMAGE
 
CHAFFE DAMAGE
 
SAIL REPAIR
 
LOFT Services

 

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SAIL CARE | CHAFFE CARE
 
This seems an obvious one in as much as it wears our sails out however it is often the wear we don’t notice that does the most harm. We all notice a hole forming where the sail hits a spreader or radar and get it re-inforced but it is the more inconsequential wear that needs the attention. Broken stitching on clew patches, U.V strips and seams of sails can lead to the untimely demise of your pride and joy. Though I hate to admit it my Gran was right, a stitch in time really does save nine (she would be so pleased to know I took it in). The other place to keep an eye on is batten pockets and under luff slides on mainsails.
 
Batten pocket wear can lead to some catastrophic failures and some expensive broken battens.
 
Luff hardwear can often hide some nasty wear that leads to the luff rope failing and ultimately the luff of the sail breaking and an untimely return to the dock.
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Now What?
 
Found a problem what do you do now?
 
Most sail lofts can supply an emergency sail repair kit with a little self adhesive patch material and a needle, thread and palm. This will get you to the end of your weeks holiday or maybe even the season but there is really no substitute for getting the sail professionally repaired. Very often the sailmaker may have an idea what caused the damage even if you haven’t and can rectify the problem probably a lot quicker than you can!
 
It is often easy to think that sails have had an easy season and only sailed a hundred or so miles but don’t forget when you are tucked up safely at home with the central heating on and a hot dinner in front of you, your sails are still out there in the rain, sun and changing temperatures. So have a heart and give them a holiday this winter in your local sail loft.
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