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    Posted: 21 April 2014 at 2:24pm
I recently acquired a relatively great condition 150% genoa with one small tear that has left me a little stumped on how to repair it. The tear is approximately 3 inches long on the fabric of the leech line itself (not on the seam) and goes through both sides of the sail. Barring completely replacing the entire leech line, I am unsure of how to sew the patch on to the sail without sewing over, and therefore close, the leech line itself at the top and bottom edges. The rip is approximately 8 fathoms down the leech line. Any suggestions that do not involve sewing a full leech line patch?
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Unstitch the leech hem, exposing the leech line. Patch repair the damages sailcoth. Now re-install the leech tape or hem with the leech line running freely inside.
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Thanks Matt!

I am assuming that in order to properly manipulate the sailcloth around the leech line, I should unstitch it a good deal past where the actual repair patch will need to be placed?

Appreciate your prompt response. Any suggestions on how I can guess what weight the cloth is? I am thinking somewhere between 4-4.5 oz, but that is really just based on amateur knowledge and feel of the fabric....
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Yes, unstitch as much as is necessary to make the patch and keep the line out of the way.
 
Get 5 oz cloth for the repair. Weight is not that critical for something like this.
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