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Post: #250651 sammyh
Tue Dec 27, 2011 6:44 pm

...sails, not sales!!
Just got some old enterprise sails from my dad. They are a lovely faded blue, jib (small foresail) and mainsail, from an old sailing dinghy. I'm gonna use them as sun shades for the garden strung from the back wall of the house. I've seen old sail cloth used for (very pricey) anoraks, storage bags ect. Reckon you would need an industrail sewing machine but they would make brilliant grow/ seed/ feed/ storage bags. I reckon they look pretty interesting too, as they have different seams and numbers and patterns.

on a mission to reuse in the garden re-design I'm hoping to do this year.

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Re: Sails

Post: #250655 Flo
Tue Dec 27, 2011 8:27 pm

Yes - from experience in family you need a very hefty industrial sewing machine to handle old sails. It's quite a game making sails - a bit of searching the web will show you!

What happened to the Enterprise though?

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Re: Sails

Post: #250665 old tree man
Wed Dec 28, 2011 8:37 am

Sorry read this in a hurry and thought it said snails :lol: :lol: :oops: :flower:
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Re: Sails

Post: #250704 sammyh
Wed Dec 28, 2011 8:19 pm

Long gone I'm afraid- I've not seen an enterprise dinghy for years. These sails must be at least 30 or probably more years old. My dad was helping clear out his local dinghy club and these had been left behind by god knows who!!

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Post: #250705 Milims
Wed Dec 28, 2011 8:39 pm

old tree man wrote:Sorry read this in a hurry and thought it said snails :lol: :lol: :oops: :flower:

You and me both OTM - then I was confused as to how you can recycle a snali! :scratch: :lol:
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Re: Sails

Post: #250762 Flo
Thu Dec 29, 2011 7:31 pm

sammyh wrote:Long gone I'm afraid- I've not seen an enterprise dinghy for years. These sails must be at least 30 or probably more years old. My dad was helping clear out his local dinghy club and these had been left behind by god knows who!!

Shows you how long my family has been sailing that the Enterprise class was a big one at the first sailing club. :mrgreen:

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Re: Sails

Post: #250765 Paul_C
Thu Dec 29, 2011 9:59 pm

something you could consider is using a jib for a hanging chair, the head of the sail suspended at the top, and the bottom corners being suspended to it to create a bowl effect to lounge in.

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Re: Sails

Post: #250771 sammyh
Thu Dec 29, 2011 11:36 pm

ooohh that's a nice idea- (the chair)
My parents met sailing enterprise dinghys- but they divorced over 20 years ago!!

re-snails- I met someone recently who said snail poo was really good for compost- not sure how you would collect it!!
you could always get out the garlic butter- reduce and re-use :mrgreen:

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Re: Sails

Post: #250777 Paul_C
Fri Dec 30, 2011 12:14 am

in thoery with a little triming and some large eyeletyou could make a hanging sofa kind of thing

cut into a rectangle, eyelets at the corners

suspend from a pair of chains, to the eyelets which make the back rest,then another bit of cabling ro chain/decent rope to the front corners but pulled tight. probably need the support chains to be set off at an angle to create tension so it doesnt sag. its an idea.


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