It starts with a small leak around a piece of deck hardware or even a pinhole in a resin-starved layup. Water seeps between the layers of fiberglass, rotting balsa and plywood cores and turning them into mush. Even rot-proof foam cores can be progressively delaminated by sailing stress and the repeated expansion of ice during […]
Being a team of diehard do-it-yourselfers, we decided to try our own hand at devising a workable solution to defeating line chafe. After fiddling with canvas, old fire hose, and even messing around with some Kevlar, we settled on leather—an old riggers standby.