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    Posted: 25 September 2010 at 6:00pm
I'm new to the forum...
I'm rebuilding a boat from the hull and I'm planning on buying a machine and learn on sail and canvass work but by now I have no clue ....
Now a friend with a similar but bigger boat wants to give me for free his used  (really used 30 years old) set of sails since he bought new one.
Mizzen and staysail fit within few inches of difference and are not so abused .., but the main is bigger, 5 feet on the luff and 1  on the foot and show signs of abuse... would it make any sense to try to re-size it and fix it?
And more, as it is going to cost me 100$ in shipping (only the main) ... does it really make sense or maybe better look for something with similar size??
Thanks for the help ..
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Recutting a mainsail is not easy. The problem is that batten pockets will no longer be in the right spots and the leech edge will need to be radically recut if the pockets are moved. In my opinion you would be better off not spending the $100 in shipping. Consider getting a sail kit from Sailrite for the mainsail.Smile
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