New vid, how to repair a windsurfing sail with x-ply
08/11/2018 at 16:07 #59911
The test : all tapes are intact.Daily dose of water, snow, cold wind .
Real test would be let my dogs have it08/11/2018 at 17:09 #59912
Like TOTD says it is good that you are trying to help people and good that you are interested in fixing your sails. I started to watch the video and you start off by trying to get the sail to lie flat. It should not be able to lie flat because of the shape in the seams. This is especially the case with a ezzy sail. The shape built into the batten pockets which form the seams on a ezzy sail make the material 3D and it will never and should not lie flat. Take the battens out of any sail and try to get it to lie flat. It might up near the head because there is no shape there but down below the boom there will always appear to be lose material. This is what gives the sail its shape.
But the edges of the tear together to maintain the sails shape. If the material has stretched on impact it is likely to only be stretched in a small area but most of the tear should be butted up.
I hope that helps.09/11/2018 at 17:27 #59952
I used silver Gorilla tape, and lasts years. I removed some old tape recently and glue was a bit gooey though was still holding sail together. Was monofilm rather than X-Ply.10/11/2018 at 01:47 #59954
Gorilla products are pretty nice!
Sailrepair1, how would you suggest repairing the sail without laying it flat? To me, it’s the best way to get the material as neutral and original as possible. I understand the xply material is shaped from the battens and stitching but it’s not curved in an asymmetrical way, it’s still symmetrical when laying flat unless someone poked a knee, elbow, bum, or board nose through it 😀 !
The xply probably may have stretched some before tearing see photos below (note that I should have included the video causing the tear 😀 !!!)10/11/2018 at 19:57 #59977
Hi Manuel. What is mean is you want the repair to match the way the old material lies. True you can press it flat between the battens normally. You have to be careful if you are trying to repair a rip that hat hit a batten pocket then ran along next to the batten pocket. If you flatten it you will be taking the shape out of the sail.16/11/2018 at 15:41 #60132
Test tapes/ sail is 100% intact still.21/11/2018 at 15:12 #60354
Sail test tapes all intact, also testing square edges vs rounded22/11/2018 at 13:09 #60397
sailrepair, thanks for clarifying! Any tear affecting original shape will be hard to fix even with professional help.
It’s a bit true from most things actually 🙂 !
Been using the tape a bit more throughout (like near the luff where it crinkles when loosening tension). Quite happy.
I had a few more sessions with strong washing cycles causing more sail damage, the repaired area is still the same as pictured at the end of the video.29/12/2018 at 16:30 #61397
Another 6 weeks of tape test. No decernable diff between a square patch VS a rounded corners
All tapes are intact and show no degrading03/01/2019 at 15:47 #61435
Repair identical after many more sessions, even broke a tendon with improper timing inside a closeout! Still strong tension below repair, I’m impressed!
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