As part of being self-sufficient sailors we’ve decided that we should learn to repair things that break on our boat. I’ve taken a lot of time to understand the basics of diesel mechanics, plumbing, electricity, etc. One of the items that is missing is rigging. A sailboat relies on… well, sails. If something should happen to a sail or a rigging line, we have no real way of fixing the problem outside of some emergency adhesive products that are designed to temporarily patch tears in sailcloth. Enter a new skill; sewing.
After much debate, we purchased a new Sailrite Ultrafeed sewing machine for the boat. Sailrite is a great company dedicated to the various sewing and rigging tasks on a sailboat. It’s site is replete with videos and examples of repairs and projects of all kinds that will prove useful to us. As an example, we just spent a hefty sum having the loft repair a hole in the sail bag as well as replacing the windows in the spray hood. This is something that we could have easily done with a purpose-built sewing machine.
I’ll spend the next several weeks learning sewing basics by repairing the various items around the house. Already Janet is stacking up projects for me to tackle, so it will give me something to do between trips outside to shovel snow.