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    Posted: 30 July 2014 at 3:05pm
Recently some friends came back from a sail with a blown-out genoa, and have asked me to attempt a repair. The boat is a 27' C&C with a roller furler.  The damage is a horizontal tear that started in the center of a panel and tore out to the seam an either side.  The sail is made out of a rip-stop nylon, not Dacron.  

My questions (so far!) are
a) What weight fabric is typical for a sail of this size?
b) Is the best fix for this a patch, or is it better to replace the entire panel?

Thanks for any input.
-Sue




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I would use a 5oz Dacron tape of an appropriate width to make sure you can sew into intact fabric on either side of the tear, typically part #22108o or #22109 will work well. Cut the tape to length, seam to seam, overlap the seam with the tape then sew around it with two rows of zig-zag stitches. Flip the sail over and cut out the material about 1/16 to 1/8 inside your stitches and up to the seam on either end.
Use v-69 thread 20203 and seamstick 20306.
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Jeff Frank
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Thanks, Jeff!  I think I may have some of that tape on hand, although probably not enough.  Is that a better choice than matching the rip-stop nylon fabric?  I misspoke in my first post - this sail is a light air Genniker or Drifter.  The material is definitely Nylon, but I'm not sure of the weight.

-Sue


Edited by Sue2 - 31 July 2014 at 7:41pm
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