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Can you fix a cut in the leading edge??Not the bladder.

Postby Stokes » Tue Apr 22, 2003 4:04 pm

Mate of mine has 2 cuts in the outer main leading edge. Bladder is still fine, no worries. How to repair that sail/hard/canvas-style material??Glue??Stitch??What about the bladder??Time is running out. Good wind expected for this weekend.
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Postby Peter_Frank » Tue Apr 22, 2003 5:31 pm

He can use spinnaker tape, or sail number tape.

Very light and very strong.

Then he can go out instantly !

The kite has to be totally dry and clean locally, before mounting the tape of course, to get the best and longest adhesion.

You can even get spinnaker tape in many different (matching if lucky) colours :thumb:

Sail number tape (black or red) has better adhesion, and will be a good permanent solution.

If it is a long cut in thick front tube material, you might even use a couple of layers of tape (over a bigger area, so the adhesion is bigger or equal to the breaking strength of the tape...)

A sailmaker should be able to sew a patch of dacron cloth to your front tube too I think, but because you cant get to the inside - it is only if one has the right sewing machine of course.
And you have to take the bladder out - not necessary with the tape solution.

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Postby sid5150 » Tue Apr 22, 2003 10:48 pm

My friend had the same problem. Dacron sail tape applied to the inside and outside made a quick, yet very strong & permanent fix. Easy like Sunday Morning!

Check out:

http://www.westmarine.com/webapp/wcs/st ... storeNum=2

It is sold at any place that deals with sailboat hardware.


Hope I helped!

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Postby Nico » Wed Apr 23, 2003 4:22 am

You can repair anything.
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Postby Huwin69 » Wed Apr 23, 2003 4:51 am

I had this same problem today.
I just repaired it with Sail numbers patch, this is included on the Cabrinha. On same color. Very fast solution.
I also had to glue a patch on the main bladder. The big hole helps to pass the tube thru it and repair it from the INSIDE.

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Postby Stokes » Wed Apr 23, 2003 12:06 pm

Nico wrote:You can repair anything.
Nico
Who said you cannot? :roll:
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Postby Stokes » Wed Apr 23, 2003 12:32 pm

The tape should help. Thanks for all the advice. Expert knowledge :o , is what I call it! Appreciated.
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