Mainsail Tear

On the last sail I saw a tear in the leech of the mainsail I hadn’t noticed before.

It follows the top edge of one of the batten pockets. It looks like this batten pocket has been ripped and sewn back on. There was a temporary piece of nylon tape holding it together.

I ordered some Tear-Aid Type A for a temporary repair. I think I’ll be breaking out the sewing machine to put a proper dacron patch on there. I already get to put my recent reading to use!

I’m attempting to do things the hard way with Nirvana so maybe I can make a new mainsail following Karl Deardorff’s instruction. I just need to find some plans for a San Juan 7.7 mainsail.