Recutting a Sail's Leech and Foot Edge Video

Item # X-HT-200685

After years of use on the water, a sail’s leech can stretch out. This can also be an issue if the sail was converted from a hanked on system to a roller furling system, as is the case with the sail in our how-to video. When we took the boat for a test sail, we found that the sail fluttered terribly — it was too stretched out. We also found that the foot had too much round and interfered with the roller furling drum.

Cutting the leech and foot to allow for more hollow might also include tightening up some seams to help support the edges. We found this to be true with the sail we’re working on, which belongs to Sailrite® founder Jim Grant and his Islander 37 sailboat. Follow along with us as we work on this genoa sail. We’ll walk you through all the steps involved so you can recut your own leech and foot on your sail with accuracy, efficiency and a great end result.

After you've completed this sail project, be sure to watch our follow-up video “How to Reinstall a Sail’s Corner Ring Video” (200686XHT). In that video, you'll learn how to reinstall the corner ring that was cut from this sail when trimming the leech and foot edges. In that video, we’ll show you how to resew the corner ring on the sail using Dyneema webbing and the Sailrite® Ultrafeed® LSZ-1 Sewing Machine.

Materials List:

  • Thread V-92 Polyester White UV 4oz - Item # 100079
  • Tape Dacron 5oz FOLDED White 3" - Item # 13800
  • Seamstick 3/8" Basting Tape - Item # 659
  • Leechline Dacron 1/8" White - Item # 21209
  • Grommet Spur Nickel #1 (5/16") - Item # 26315

Tools List

  • Seam Ripper Deluxe - Item # 18104
  • 3M™ Adhesive Cleaner 32oz (Quart) - Item # 108984
  • Tucking Tool - Item # 766100
  • Scratch Awl Yellow - Item # 2354
  • Mallet Hammer Style 3# (Barry King) - Item # 68563
  • Gingher® Scissors Right Handed - Item # 19104
  • Gingher® 12" Bent Scissors - Item # 639100
  • Sailrite® Edge Hotknife Package - Item # 103800
  • Hole Cutter 3/8" - #2 - Item # 18211
  • Premium Cutting Block 10" x 10" - Item # 103642
  • Die Set Spur #1 - 5/16" - Item # 18202
  • Sailrite® Ultrafeed® LSZ-1 PLUS Walking Foot Sewing Machine - Item # 300602
  • Sponge, Tape, PVC Tubing, Tape Measure, Yardstick, Pencil