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Old Sep 13, 2014, 01:49 PM
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Anyone here make their own sails?

I've got some new design ideas for sails which are different to anything currently on the market so I'm considering making my own.

Any advice?
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Old Sep 13, 2014, 05:02 PM
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Bit hard to answer without any more detail.....

I have used ripstop nylon for cheap and quick sails, in bright colours and available at most sewing shops. You also need some suitable double sided tape and something suitable for the corner patches. For the eyelets - you can probably also get them at the sewing shop....

I have also made sails from Mylar, but it is more expensive and tricky to work with.

Panelled sails can be constructed using a sail block or a Claudio Gadget.

Does that help at all? There is a lot of information about, Google is your friend... ;-)
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Old Sep 13, 2014, 08:02 PM
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Bit hard to answer without any more detail.....

I have used ripstop nylon for cheap and quick sails, in bright colours and available at most sewing shops. You also need some suitable double sided tape and something suitable for the corner patches. For the eyelets - you can probably also get them at the sewing shop....

I have also made sails from Mylar, but it is more expensive and tricky to work with.

Panelled sails can be constructed using a sail block or a Claudio Gadget.

Does that help at all? There is a lot of information about, Google is your friend... ;-)
I think that covers all bases regarding alternatives. Let me add two grains of sand:

1) If you decide to go with paneled sails using the Claudio Gadget, here is the guide for that... http://www.cvrc.cl/wp-content/upload...dio-Gadget.pdf (by Eric Rosenbaum).

2) No matter if you go panelled or not, always do your sails 2-3 cm larger on each side... and only after they are done, cut sides using the actual rig as a guide. This is most important on the leading edge of the main: use the actual mast as a guide, prebending it first as if the backstay had some tension. This will give you the precise curve you have to cut on your main!
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Old Sep 14, 2014, 02:11 PM
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I have built sails on a number of occasions. Normally because I was too broke or building something too weird to consider commercially made sails.

My best results always came from using mylar, a sail block and 3/8" wide double sided tape.

I bought big rolls of mylar for the bigger projects. For smaller sails I have used the mylar in report covers with great success.
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Old Sep 16, 2014, 02:23 AM
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Thanks for all the great tips.

What adhesive tape you guys use for Mylar?
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Old Sep 16, 2014, 06:30 PM
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Thanks for all the great tips.

What adhesive tape you guys use for Mylar?
The following links are Australian but will give you the idea:
https://www.radioyachtsuppliesaustra...-seams%29.html
Use 6mm for smaller sails, 9mm for larger ones

Luff tape (great for jib luff pocket - this tape is NOT adhesive, you attach it with double sided tape)
https://www.radioyachtsuppliesaustra...-TN%252d5.html

This Mylar tape (supposed to be for leech) is great for luff reinforcement on small Mylar mainsails. Available in other widths
https://www.radioyachtsuppliesaustra...47%7Droll.html
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Old Sep 19, 2014, 01:30 PM
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That's a great online shop you have down under.

Wish there was something similar in the UK.
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Wish there was something similar in the UK.
http://sailsetc.com/magento/index.php/ A.o.

Regards, Jan.
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