How to Add a Draft Stripe to a Sail

This project is a companion to my previous projects, How to Add Numbers to a Sail and How to Reproduce a Class Insignia on a Sail. If you’re getting started in club racing or if you just want to get the best performance out of your sails for cruising, draft stripes can help. A draft stripe…

How to Reproduce a Class Insignia on a Sail

This project is a companion to my previous project, How to Add Numbers to a Sail. If you need to add or replace your sail numbers, you might also need to add or replace the class insignia too. Or maybe you want to add a company logo to your sail or a graphic that illustrates…

2017 Stingy Sailor DIY Project Contest Winners

The entries for the 2nd annual Stingy Sailor DIY Project Contest have all been received and scored. I’m very pleased that there were 50% more project entries this year than last. And I’m humbled that some of the entries were projects that debuted here on this blog. A big thanks to everyone who entered whether you won a prize…

How to Add Numbers to a Sail

Have a new mainsail without numbers? An old mainsail with peeling numbers? How about a used mainsail that you bought and has the wrong numbers on it? You can easily replace or add professional-looking numbers to your mainsail without taking it to a sailmaker and I’ll describe how.

Six DIY Skills Every Skipper Should Learn

If you’re a regular reader of this website, the odds are good that you’re also a do-it-yourselfer. And if you’re a DIYer, the odds are good that you have an above average mechanical aptitude. You have an instinctive curiosity for how things are made, how they work, and how to fix them when they don’t…

Tour the $tingy Sailor Workshop

Judging from the email that I get from readers, the number one challenge you have to working on your sailboat is making the time. The number two challenge is the workspace and tools to do some of the projects here. Trust me, I know what you mean. For many years, I didn’t even have a garage…