Build Your Own Sails?

From a Wooden Boat forum.  Read the entire article here.  

Note that there seems to be considerable hostility toward this post in the forum.  No idea what that is about.  Read/use at your peril!

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“Like I have mentioned in reply to another thread on Sailmaking this is one of those areas, like rigging, where a great deal of voodoo magic is attributed to the topic. some of it is undoubtedly our own fears of something that seems “too specialized” and a large portion the wives’ tales and BS spread around by those who have money to make on us or are afraid to admit their own fear of an unknown project.

WHY MAKE YOUR OWN SAILS  

I can give a few compelling reasons- the first, and biggest one is cost savings. the difference between one i build and one i could buy is staggering. by building your own, you spend only 30-40% the price of store bought for essentially the same product.

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NOW, LET’S KILL SOME MYTHS.

MYTH #1-HOMEMADE SAILS LOOK CRAPPY AND ARE NOT AS GOOD AS STORE
BOUGHT.
ha. they COULD look crappy, but if one follows the directions and does a good job of it–which isn’t that tough–they’re great. the sails are professionally designed to YOUR needs and basic specs., and the materials are supplied just like to the lofts. again, all you have to do is communicate your needs when you order the kit. then you have to try at it…you will have an occasional crooked stitch or something, but that’s ok–it doesn’t hurt the sail any. LEGENDARY
aerodynamicist, sail trim guru and bay area racing legend arvel gentry has built his own from sailrite kits for years.
MYTH #2-YOU NEED TO KNOW HOW TO SEW.
absoloutely not. putting together a sail is about using a machine and tools like anything else. the machine is pretty simple, and you catch on fast. i can sew sails just fine-covers and web gear too. i would never try to sew a shirt, and i still hem my pants with tape. i’ve seen several people learn how in a hurry, myself ncluded…and i’ve been involved in the construction of a reasonable number at this point and all have worked really really well and looked smart too.
MYTH #3-YOU MUST HAVE A SPECIAL MACHINE.
an industrial machine is very nice, but this is just more b.s. all a person needs is heavy old home machine from the yard sale or thrift store. you want as much weight as you can find, and the..”. Read More HERE.

Also.. check out this Instructable on making sails.

Originally posted 2016-02-28 15:12:01.

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