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    Posted: 18 July 2012 at 8:57am

Hi folks.  I'm a new Hobie owner and I damaged my main sail while getting the boat away from its mooring.  What is the best way to repair this tear?  Currently I've placed duct tape on both sides, but I'd like to get something done properly to protect the sail...
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This will require a standard sail repair patch. You will need to find a close color match in a 4 oz dacron sailcloth and cut an attractive patch for one side of the sail. Stick the patch on with double stick tape and then sew the perimeter. Now flip the sail over and trim out the torn original material. Finally sew the inside perimeter of the newly cut edges securing them to the patch. Here is a video to help:
 
This video is for a spinnaker but the process is basically the same.
 
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote twainer Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 23 July 2012 at 8:27am
Thanks so much for your help.  I made the repair this weekend.  Used a piece of 4oz dacron, some v-69 thread, and 1/2 inch seam tape.  It was a bit tricky getting the home sewing machine to handle all the material, but lots of hands and patience prevailed. 
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I ran the stich just past the existing end seam because it seemed stronger than stopping it just before the seam and the rip traveled almost into the seam.  Now I just need to find a replacement #8 sticker and I'm good as new!

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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote MattGrant Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 23 July 2012 at 8:43am
Looks good! The numbers are put on with black insignia material. You would need to purchase a yard and then cut it to match the original. Here is a link:
 
 
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote twainer Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 24 July 2012 at 2:30pm
:(  I missed that when I placed my order.  I'll have to order some to complete that job.

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