Making a sail

Discussion in 'Wooden Boat Building and Restoration' started by Joe Doodle, Oct 26, 2018.

  1. Joe Doodle
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    Location: NJ

    Joe Doodle New Member

    I built an 8ft plywood sailing dinghy. Now it is time to make a sail. I am looking for plans for a small sail and a lot of them assume that you have done this before. Can anyone recommend plans to make a sail?
     
  2. messabout
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    messabout Senior Member

    Joe. making a sail is something that you can do with a little bit of skill with a sewing machine.

    Making an efficient working sail is a whole 'nother ball game. There are some rather sophisticated nuances. If you can get your hands...or eyes, on Emiliano Marinos's book: The Sailmakers Aprrentice,you will learn the intricacies . Failing that, take a look at several suppliers of materials and even instructions such as Sailright, Duckworks, etc. ...explore
    the internet for sail supplies and help.

    For an eight foot dinghy your sail will be small, something like 36 +/- square feet of area. A useful alternative is to explore Ebay and other sources for a used sail from an Optimist pram, El Toro, or similar little dink.

    Tell us more about the little boat that you have built.
     
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