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    Posted: 02 February 2013 at 4:06pm
I'm curious to know if anyone has experience with broadseaming a tired main to get more use out of it? There's not much info to be found on the subject.
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It can certainly be done. What you want is "The Mainsail Manual" by Jim Grant. This is the best text I know of covering the subject of broadseams and traditional sailmaking:
 
 
 
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I have had the Mainsail Manuel for many years...

My understanding is that I can open some leech seams about one and a half times the batten lengths and take in 1/4" to remove some of the baggy shape. While I'm at it I'll remove some roach so the top batten will clear the backstay...

Does the 1/4" and length sound "ballparkish" enough?

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Yes that sounds like a good starting plan. Doing this will flatten the trailing edge of the sail and it should reduce the shape of the sail overall.
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