Links, links, links and sails
The list of websites and blogs that we check in on continues to grow. I spent some time this morning updating that section of our website’s Research Page. You will see that I have not only added a number of links but have broken the blogs section down into three categories: those who are planning to cruise (like us), those who are already out there and those who have moved on to new adventures. If you have some time on a rainy, or in our case snowy day, check them out. There is some great stuff hidden in those links!
As mentioned earlier, last night’s Seamanship class took place at the Kingston Sail Loft. The main subject was on ropework (knots and splices). Fortunately Rebecca and I had done our homework and thus we both found that section to be a snap. If only chartwork was that easy!
The cover photo, which highlights some beautiful sail detail, comes to us from Russ Manheimer, owner of the website, Hove to off Swan Point. Mr. Manheimer is the father of Dave Manheimer, our first sailing instructor.
While at the loft, I had a chance to ask Andy, the sailmaker, what he would carry on the boat in a sail repair kit. His recommendation was sticky sail repair tape and dental floss. 🙂 He said that in his opinion there was limited use in carrying pieces of sail cloth for on-the-water repairs. As promised though here are several “lists” of sail repair kit contents that I had saved. The first two I think I obtained from a post on one of the sailing forums. The third came from a website I stumbled across.
Emergency Sail Repair / Sewing Kits:
- 120 yards of the basting tape (3/8″). The basting tape is available in the USA from Sailrite
- UV resistant polyester thread of various weights,
- a sailmaker’s palm,
- pliers and vicegrips (needlenose) for pulling needles through several layers of cloth (less risky than using the palm, IMHO),
- a variety of sailmakers and leatherworking needles,
- 3 pairs of sharp scissors (one for leather, two for everything else),
- a dozen #6 (7/8″) and #9 (1-1/4″) brass rings with liners for sewing in eyes for the sail slides to go on,
- bronze rings (2″ 2.5″, 3″) for cringles/tack/clew, thin brass for custom liners,
- roundeye thimbles for the jacklines,
- polyester 3 strand rope for jacklines,
- 30 yards of adhesive backed sail repair tape,
- several weights of whipping twine,
- sewing awl twine,
- waxed flat and bobbin twine,
- natural marlin and several sizes of synthetic marlin,
- 100 #4 (1/2″) plain grommets,
- approx 5 sq yards of 4 oz chrome-tanned leather for reinforcements and chafe guard,
- similar quantity of 7 oz Latigo leather for heavier chafe guard on mast hoops, spars, etc,
- several different widths of webbing,
- grommet setting tools,
- a portable industrial sewing machine w/zigzag stitch
- The things I don’t have yet that I would like to get include extra sailcloth in 9 oz and 11 oz weights, leech line, extra boltrope and luffwire.
- Sailors palm
- couple hundred sq ft of 7oz sail cloth from an old genoa
- 100m waxed cotton sail thread
- assorted needles
- 300m paracord
- 2 sided carpet tape
- various whipping twines
- Curved and straight needles of different diameters.
- Stainless-steel scissors for cutting thread and sailcloth.
- Whip-end dip. The brush in the lid can also be used to dab the dip onto small holes and tears to prevent the threads from running.
- Luff and leech tapes for repairing the edges of the sails, which are subject to chafe and high loads.
- Pieces of sailcloth of the same type and weight as all working sails carried on board.
- Sailmaker’s palm for pushing needles through several layers of cloth.
- A small sailcloth bag, which you could make yourself to practice stitching skills—not essential, but useful for keeping scraps of sailcloth clean.
- Sailmaker’s waxed twine. Useful for repairs on high-load areas, such as the luff and leech; can also be used for whipping ropes.
- Plastic watertight screw-top container to store all the components of the repair kit.
- Dacron thread for stitching patches onto sails and reinforcing sail-repair tape.
- Nylon spinnaker cloth in every color that is used in your spinnaker.
- Adhesive sail tape for small holes and tears (always tape both sides of a repair).
- Piece of candle to wax Dacron thread to make it easier to pull through sailcloth.