How to Replace Sail Numbers & Insignia
Have your sail numbers or insignia seen better days? Old sail numbers and insignia were made of vinyl that would dry out and crack in the sun. If your numbers or insignia are cracked or faded, or if you have a new-to-you sail with someone else’s numbers, then you’ll want to replace them. It’s not hard to do, but it does take a little patience. Let’s take a look at removal and installation of sail numbers.
Before you remove the numbers or insignia, you’ll want to buy or pattern your replacements. For numerals, you can purchase pre-cut numbers or a Computer Eight, which you can cut into any number 0-9.
To replace the insignia, you’ll want to use a clear patterning material, like Dura-Skrim®, to trace the shape of your existing insignia. Cut out the shape and use this pattern to trace your logo on to adhesive backed Insignia Dacron® and cut it out with scissors. We have a product with the name Insignia, but that's not to be confused with the distinguishing marks or signs on sails that are also called insignia. Be sure when you do this that your shape will face the correct direction when applied to the sail. To see a demonstration of patterning insignia, check out the blog How to Make a Sail Logo (200163XHT).
When adding your new numbers or insignia, be sure to refer to class rules on where to position the markers on your sail.
You can find an adhesive remover, sail numbers, insignia material and more right here at Sailrite®.
Have you ever had to remove or install sail numbers? Do you have any helpful tricks for the process? Share your thoughts and ideas in the comments!