DIY Projects

Sewn-webbing dog bones have been in the test boat’s rigging for two years, exposed to weather and cyclical loads. Surprisingly, break testing showed no loss in strength.

Sewn Splices Two-Year Followup

The true test of marine gear is not whether it works when installed, but rather how it functions after years in the field. To that end, we have left samples of sewing materials and sewn test samples in the sun, wind, rain, and snow for two years, and have also sailed with sewn samples in service on our test boat.

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