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 Post subject: Sailmaking
PostPosted: Thu Aug 11, 2005 10:18 am 
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Since it is the first sail I have ever attempted, I made it out of nylon. It's only $6 a yard, so the sail cost about $70 to make, including thread, eyelets, and rope. I sewed it all myself (mom taught me in about 10 minutes), so I saved some money there... but not time.

My next attempt will be dacron. :wink:

I researched as much as possible, but some things I could not find. For instance, do I need to add a draft curve to every panel, or just the bottom of the sail? I made mine just at the bottom, but the sail seemed very flat. Tightening up the battens didn't help much.

Yes, it stretches just a bit, but out on the lake today I was passing an 18 easily, so I must have done something right.

Questions, comments?

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 Post subject: Sailmaking
PostPosted: Sat Aug 13, 2005 6:36 am 
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Check out Sailrite. The have books available on the topic of sailmaking. They also sell everything you need to make a sail. Not cheap but very helpful and worthy of doing business with. sailrite.com


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 Post subject: Re: Sailmaking
PostPosted: Wed Aug 17, 2005 3:38 pm 
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DVL wrote:
Check out Sailrite. The have books available on the topic of sailmaking. They also sell everything you need to make a sail. Not cheap but very helpful and worthy of doing business with. sailrite.com


Thanks! I also got a message from someone on michiganvw.org offering his assistance. He said he made sails for 5 years, and will help me make another more correct sail.

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