Trans Ocean Sail Repair Kit

January 11, 2005   

  Below are the items I pack in my repair kit when doing long distance races. I also have a metal clew/tack/head board made up that can be bolted to a sail instead of trying to sew on new webbing and rings. You just sandwich the sail material and use a drill and drill bit to go through the thick corner of the sail and then bolt the thing on. Crude but effective. A bottle of rubbing alchol or acetone and some paper towel is a must to get the sail dry before attempting a repair.

  • One pair stainless steel scissors
  • One pair regular scissors as a backup
  • One knife dedicated to sail repair
  • Staple gun and staples
  • Six awls to secure the sail while patching
  • Two dozen pushpins
  • One adjustable palm for hand-sewing sails
  • Three seam rippers
  • Selection of needles, size No. 14 and No. 15
  • One roll prewaxed hand-sewing thread
  • One roll of five-inch sticky back Dacron tape
  • 10 feet of sticky back Dacron 54 inches wide
  • Five rolls of double-stick tape
  • Two cans of spray adhesive
  • Three-quarter-inch tubular Nylon webbing
  • Two-inch Nylon webbing
  • Two stainless steel rings with bar
  • 10 feet of Velcro
  • Assorted pieces of Dacron and Nylon
  • Spare set of battens – or at least 2 of the longest length you have store them if you have room in the boom
  • Spare hanks
  • Spare luff tape the length of your longest headsail
  • Leech-line cord twice the length of your mast 
  • Entire corner patch of one of your spinnakers
  • Hot knife
  • Nicopress tool and sleeves
  • Hole cutter and assorted rings
  • 20 feet of seizing wire
  • 4200 large tubes with caulking gun – it will go off in water and creates a quick strong repair
  • Sewing machine
  • Spinnaker material the weight of your heaviest kite and a piece roll width and the length of our largest spinnaker foot.
  • Sticky back aramid patch
  • Spectra lashing

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