Sails, Rigging & Deck Gear

We tested five products for the ability to quickly repair holes and torn seams in sails, such as this blown-out spinnaker.

Sail Repair Tapes vs. Glues

Dr. Sails excels, but there are other options at 1/10 the cost.

Sail repairs are a fact of life for the sailor. A stray cotter pin can shred a spinnaker. Perhaps the mainsail luff could use some chafe protection, or the genoa sun cover is flapping. Often, a trip to the sailmaker isn’t justified for these repairs. The sail is too old to take stitching without further weakening the material, or you simply want to delay that repair until the end of the season. Perhaps you’re on a cruise and would rather wait. A sewn repair is generally the gold standard, but some tears better-fixed with a patch.

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