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    Posted: 23 April 2012 at 3:43pm

Hello All,

The top bit of luff tape on my head sail is sun damaged.  I was able to tear it away from the sail easily with my hands so I’d like to fashion a repair.  I have several questions on repairing this.

 

Can I just tape it both sides and stitch?

 

Can I replace a small section of luff tape?  I’m worried that if I do this the break in luff tape could get caught along the furler track.

 

If I make a repair using tape.  Should I wrap a piece of tape around / over the luff rope first or will this make the rope too thick to fit in the sail track?

 

I’d like to avoid replacing the entire luff tape as the rest of it is in good shape.

 

Thank you,

Christopher

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Hi,
As you already know, replacing the whole luff tape is the best approach.
 
But I also would be inclinded to try the repair. I think I would wrap it with adhesive backed UV insignia. I would go around the rope edge and into the sail at least 5 inches. Sewing it down would be a good idea as well. In most cases the very thin insignia will not cause tolerance issues with the track.
 
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Hi Matt,

Thanks for the quick reply.

 

The insignia tape is a great idea I'll try that first.  I'd like to get the upcoming season out of it than make a more permanent repair next winter.

 

Way too many boat projects and we launch in just a couple of weeks...

 

Thanks again,

Christopher

 

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Make sure you get the UV coated insignia. We sell this for UV covers and it is more durable than standard number insignia.
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Matt,
Thanks for the follow up.  I'll get the UV Coated Material.  Ordering it today.
 
Thanks again.
 
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Thanks :)
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