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Sailing into the season

2020 March 1

An illustrated guide to fitting out


Make the most of the precious sailing season by getting your boat ready to go.



Inspect your sails, paying particular attention to high-stress points including the tack, clew and head. Look for stitching that breaks easily and if you find some, get the sail to the sailmaker for restitching. Telltales might be the simplest “tool


Check spinnakers for holes by stretching them out and carefully working through it section by section, looking for light shining through. Small holes can be fixed with nylon tape, but larger tears probably require a professional patch.


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