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GaryB
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Initially Posted - 09/09/2020 :  07:47:46  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Anyone ever have the leech line tear out on their genny? Mine got caught on the spreader and tore the leech pocket out a couple of feet.

Any suggestions on how to make a temporary repair to last the rest of the season?


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GaryB
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Steve Milby
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Response Posted - 09/09/2020 :  08:22:14  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
That happened to my 20+ year old North 155. About 7-8 feet of the leech line pocket tore through. I bought a piece of sailcloth from Sailrite, cut a strip about 2 or 2 1/2 inches wide and sewed it over the sail's leech, creating a new leech line pocket. I used a home sewing machine. I think I used about 3 or 4 oz. sailcloth. The original sailcloth was 5 or 6 oz., but I decided that a lighter cloth would be adequate on an old sail. It was an easy repair that didn't require skill. Just be careful to not pucker the fabric.

After the repair, I preferred the old sail to my new one in light to medium winds. The old North sail was still a better sail in those winds than my new Rolly Tasker sail, which was cut with a shallow draft, and was only useful in stronger winds..

Steve Milby C&C 35 Landfall ("Captiva Wind"); Cal 25 ("Fahrvergnügen")
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Edited by - Steve Milby on 09/09/2020 09:28:17
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GaryB
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Response Posted - 09/12/2020 :  09:13:46  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Thanks Steve. I was thinking about doing what you suggested but wasn't sure if it made sense. I have a small piece of lightweight Sunbrella laying around and think I will give that a try. What thread did you use stitched yours?

Do you think it would be possible to just use sail repair tape to hold down the Sunbrella until the end of the season?


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Steve Milby
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Response Posted - 09/12/2020 :  10:35:15  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Sail repair tape would probably hold it if you get any loose salt or dirt off it first. My only concern about sail repair tape is that, along the leech, it probably would stretch at a different rate than the untaped leech, and it might cause a ripple in the shape of the leech.

I don't remember whether I used sail thread or ordinary sewing thread. The latter would be OK for a temporary repair.

Steve Milby C&C 35 Landfall ("Captiva Wind"); Cal 25 ("Fahrvergnügen")
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