Man, I'm so bummed. We were blessed with some excellent sailing yesterday in what turned out to be unusually high winds (especially for August) when the jib blew out. We were headed downwind steering up and down to ride the swells when the jib starts "rattling" due to a 3' tear that formed along one of the lower seams. Dammit!! Have any of you guys had your jibs repaired by a sailmaker? My jib has a lot of miles on it and I don't like the idea of throwing good money after bad. On the other hand, if a sailmaker could get me another 2-3 seasons out of it, I might be worth spending $50 or $100 to get it fixed (I have no idea how much these things cost). Like I said, the tear is along a seam and there's no window damage or anything. Thoughts?
If the jib turns out to be "dead" I'm proud to say she went out in a blaze of glory. No question some of the wildest conditions I have sailed in to date.
'82 Hobie 18 SE with '85 Nationals Prism (White) sails
'73 Laser HID# 3463