Playlist: Sail Repair with Wally Moran

Playlist: Sail Repair with Wally Moran

In this 5-part series, sailing writer and charter skipper, Wally Moran tackles his first sail repair project using a Sailrite Ultrafeed LSZ-1 sewing machine. Each year, Wally transits the Intracoastal Waterway from Canada to the Bahamas, and sometimes to Cuba (He's a Canadian - he can!) And along the way, Wally maintains his boat - and now he's doing his own sail repairs and planning some canvas projects too.

"The Sailrite machine was quite a bit easier to use than I anticipated it would be...and I have no experience at sewing." -- Wally

The series begins in the Sailrite booth at the U.S. Sailboat Show in Annapolis, MD. With the help of Sailrite's Matt Grant, Wally assess the repairs needed to torn batten and leechline pockets on his mainsail. Matt guides Wally in using the LSZ-1 to repair the batten pocket.

In the next 3 episodes, Wally takes on the leechline repair himself, working outdoors with the LSZ-1 at a local Annapolis marina.

"The key to doing this kind of repair is to work slowly, think ahead....The machine will sew thru multiple layers of cloth." -- Wally

In episode 5, Wally bends on the mainsail, reviews his repairs, and takes his boat out on the creek where he hoists the repaired main for inspection.

About Wally Moran
Wally is a highly regarded expert on cruising the Intracoastal Waterway (ICW) along the U.S. Eastern Seaboard from Canada to Miami, as well as an expert on cruising to Cuba. You can buy or rent his other two other videos at Vimeo On Demand...

First Timers` Guide to the ICW
https://vimeo.com/ondemand/icw

Cuba: Forbidding... Forbidden
https://vimeo.com/ondemand/cuba

Both coming soon to Sailflix.com.

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Playlist: Sail Repair with Wally Moran
  • Sail Repair: Pt 1 - Damage Survey

    In the Sailrite booth at the U.S. Sailboat Show in Annapolis, MD, sailing writer and charter skipper, Wally Moran and Sailrite's Matt Grant assess the damage to a torn batten pocket and leechline on Wally's backup mainsail.

  • Sail Repair: Pt 2 - Batten Pocket Repair

    In the Sailrite booth at the U.S. Sailboat Show in Annapolis, MD, sailing writer and charter skipper, Wally Moran helps Sailrite's Matt Grant use the LSZ-1 sewing machine to patch a tear and restitch a batten pocket to Wally's backup mainsail.

  • Sail Repair: Pt 3 - Leech Line, Apply Tapes

    At a local marina, Wally and his friend Kathy begin repairing the damaged mainsail leech by applying self adhesive sail tapes to replace missing fabric and build a new leech pocket.

  • Sail Repair: Pt 4 - Leech Line, Sew Tapes

    At a local marina, Wally uses the Sailrite LSZ-1 sewing machine to secure the repair tape for the new leech pocket on his backup mainsail. Wally uses manual mode since this is the first time he's used the machine and want's to take it slow.

  • Sail Repair: Pt 5 - Bend on Sail

    In the final episode, Wally examines the repairs he's made to the mainsail now bent onto his Dufour 34 sloop, "Gypsy Wind". He describes the steps in the repair process and gives us his review of the Sailrite machine. Wally then motors "Gypsy Wind" out into the creek and hoists the repaired main ...