Restoring old sails

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Restoring old sails

Postby jeadstx » Thu Dec 19, 2013 5:33 pm

Has anyone used Sail Care ( ) to restore old sails? I bought a new set of sails in October. I ran across this company and was thinking of trying to get my 25 year old set refurbished/restored. I would prefer to use the old set for events like the Texas 200 where heavy winds prevail and use my new set for day sailing and the occasional race that I do. According to their price list, restoring sails is relatively cheap compared to buying new sails.

1976 Day Sailer II, #8075 - Completed the 2011, 2012, and 2013 Texas 200
1952 Beetle Boat Swan Catboat
Early Rhodes 19
1973 Mariner 2+2, #2607 - Completed 2014, 2015 and 2016 Texas 200
1969 Day Sailer I, #3229
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Re: Restoring old sails

Postby kokko » Thu Dec 19, 2013 6:25 pm

I have used them several times. They will clean the sail and restitch worn seams. They re-resin the sails. I had them put a new uv panel on my furling jib. Sails look new

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Re: Restoring old sails

Postby Salty Dog » Thu Dec 19, 2013 9:22 pm


I sent my main to them. It had holes worn at the base of the batten pockets and was dirty and I wanted to put a reef point in and sail numbers.
After they got it they told me I needed the bolt rope reset also. in all it cost me about $425 after all was said and done. The sail was clean and all repaired and had all I wanted done. I was expecting a crispy fill due to the re-resining but it was not like a new sail. I think I should have bought new sail. I thought the sail may have been worn out but I use it and it seems to do well. I would have still wanted the reef pt. and numbers so it would have still cost extra. It was the one I had at Wurstfest. your new sails looked real good. and low cost for what you paid for them.

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Re: Restoring old sails

Postby rnlivingston » Fri Dec 20, 2013 11:35 am

I have also used Sailcare to refurbish a Hobie 16 sail. I thought it would come back looking new, but it didn't. It was clean, all the loose stitching had been fixed and it was crisper. I now understand, you can only do so much with old sail cloth. I think if the cost is greater than 50% of the cost of a new sail, it is not worth it.
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