How to Make a Sail

Learning how to make a sail can be difficult. The goals in making your own sail is generally to save some money and to give yourself a challenging project. If you're not an experienced sailor with at least some knowledge of sail-making, make sure you do a lot of research before attempting a project of this magnitude. The sail is an important part of your boat's functionality, and the last thing you want is for stitching to come undone when you're miles away from shore.

If you're determined to forge ahead and make your own sail anyway, it's important that you get a good set of instructions. Companies like Sailrite have detailed instructions for you. You may be able to purchase a DVD or other video which will be able to walk you through the intricacies of making a sail. You can also order a sail-making kit, which will have everything you'll need to create your own sail, as well as explicit instructions. It may feel a bit like cheating, but it's probably a good idea, especially if you're not accustomed to making sails.

You're going to need some equipment to make your own sail, and you better make sure it's quality and heavy-duty. Don't skimp on canvas or a sewing machine. In fact, if you plan on making sails often, you may wish to look into purchasing a serious machine, something used by sail lofts. These are quite expensive, but will get the job done right, and if you become adept at making sails, could be worth it in the long run. Of course you'll need needles to go along with your sewing machine. These must be extremely sturdy, as they'll be going through several layers of thick canvas. Your other materials may vary depending on the type of sail you plan on making, so getting a set of directions for your particular boat is ideal.

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