Repairing sails made with Oddyssey 111 material

  • 31 Aug 2012 12:18
    Reply # 1061483 on 1059408
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    David, the iron idea is great. We've just been using friction to generate enough heat to stick the patches. Sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn't. I think I'll look for one of the small irons we used to use on cross country skis to apply the wax. Heats up with a propane torch or on top of the stove.
  • 30 Aug 2012 18:20
    Reply # 1060740 on 1059408
    Recommended procedure is to dampen the cloth (moisture cures the polyurethane), and iron on the patch against a flat backing surface. Then you get enough of a cure within a few minutes for the patch to stay in place. 
    I have a little travel iron aboard, though the last time I remember ironing a shirt was in 2008. Comes in useful for this job, though.
  • 30 Aug 2012 13:40
    Reply # 1060446 on 1059408

    I have used one, I called Aquasure, it was brillaint for allsort of repairs (wet weather gear to shoes) and very strong.  It is one of those products that are much less expensive in a larger tube.  You get tempeted, then the next time you wish to use it it is gone solid. The reason why I mention this, a tip I came across - PUT IT IN THE FREEZER!.  (ok not so good for you live-on boards)


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  • 30 Aug 2012 11:34
    Reply # 1060360 on 1059408
    Thanks David, sounds ideal and I will get some.  It is just the tiniest hole and I think the material got pinched against the mast by the badly bent top batten.  I'm going out for a trial sail of the new yard tomorrow (and to get some photos taken from a friend's boat) but the winds are only 10 - 15 knots and I don't think the sail damage will matter - I am amazed at how tough Oddyssey 111 material is.  If I was crossing an ocean I think it would hold up until I got there, even though I don't have vertical seams to contain any damage.
  • 29 Aug 2012 13:17
    Reply # 1059446 on 1059408
    When I get little holes in my polyester sails that aren't worth sewing a patch onto, I use a clear, flexible polyurethane adhesive that's meant for repairing fabrics. "Seamgrip" is one brand, and there's an equivalent made by Selleys. This sticks to anything, and Odyssey III shouldn't be a problem.
  • 29 Aug 2012 11:52
    Message # 1059408
    Does anyone have experience with repairing sails built with Oddyssey 111 cloth?  I have just found a small hole chafed through my top panel - most likely caused by the bent battens pinching a fold of material against the mast after breaking the yard.  I can (and probably will) sew on a small patch of course, but if this was a Dacron sail I'd just put a bit of stickyback material on both sides of the sail and forget it.  I have some offcuts and am going to experiment with contact cement but am interested to know if there is any information out there.  It is, I must say, just a tiny hole and I am very pleased with the way the sail stood up to the considerable strains imposed on it when the yard broke.  The first time I handled the sail I was a bit uneasy about how light the material was but now have no doubts about its strength.
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