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Eeeek! The spar has punched through the end of the pocket.
This is pretty simple to repair, some webbing (like you find on bag straps) and a sewing machine are all you need. I chose 1.5 inch wide webbing and a '60 bonded Nylon' thread. This is man made fiber so it won't rot.
Cut the webbing to the right length, approx. 6 inches for both side, thats a single 12 inch length. To anchor the ends of the webbing I needed to open up the original spar pocket, there is a line of stiches down the bottom edge. Unpick these:
Then I sewed the ends of the webbing to the side of the original pocket. I used a straight stich, then a small zig-zag back over it.
Here is the first end attached:
Then I sewed the other end of the webbing to the other side of the pocket (the black material on the right in the photo). Then I closed the original pocket back up with a line of stiches.
Here I am sewing down both sides of the pocket. The thread is going down through the webbing, both layers of the original pocket (which I have just sewn back together) and the webbing on the bottom.
Here is the finished repair with the spar back in.
A guy on the beach said that the same thing happened to his Arc, the repair cost him a fiver, well, mine was about 1 pound and a bit of time and effort. And most importantly I got to poke around inside my Arc which taught me a few sewing tricks that I'll have to use on my next kite :-)
And here is the Arc 630 in flight with a close up of the repaired spar pocket. Sweet.
Something I found out, but don't really have a section for is the
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