Sails, Rigging & Deck Gear

Before making any repairs with glue or tape, the surface around the repaired area needs to be cleaned with a solvent. We used xylene to prepare the areas we fixed.

Making Sail Repairs Last

Glues and tapes for fixing laminated sails.

Polyester has long been the workhorse sail fabric; durable, easy to sew and handle, and relatively stretch resistant. It is also relatively easier to repair (see “Sail Repair Tapes vs. Glues,” PS November 2017). Racers needed something that was lighter and held an aerodynamic shape better, and so laminate sails were born, using Mylar films and non-stretch fibers such as carbon and Kevlar.

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