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Old May 31, 2007, 09:08 AM
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Sail material

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Where's the best place to get sail material.
I have thought of using 300-500 count sheets, though I can see a lot of waste.
I am looking for traditional material as I am restoring a pond model, so it must be a cotton type fabric.
Thanks for any information you come up with.
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Old May 31, 2007, 09:17 AM
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Traditional model sailcloth was a now-extinct material called "Union Silk," which was a blend of silk and cotton. The closest you can get today is "Long staple down cambric" of 300 threads per inch or higher. It is used by quilters for down pillows and comforters, and is woven very tight to keep the feathers from sticking through. A local quilting club should be able to point you to a source, and might even have somebody willing to sew your sails for you. Detailed sailmaking instructions for 1930s era boats can be found on our web site, www.usvmyg.org; if your boat is earlier than that PM me and I'll hunt up something from the proper era.


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