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Re: Bob Perry's take on Wolfenzee's dream boat

My rig originally did not have a fixed backstay (the 18' boom made that impossible), but even with the shortened boom to have enough of a roach to make any difference would require running the backstay out on a boomkin. For blue water sailing a batten-less sail will last longer. The quote I got is the base price I can expect to pay (though I added a few things like 8oz cloth, triple stitched, radial corners and a few other little "extras"). It will be awhile before I can afford a new main. Carol Hasse said the sail had 2-3 years left in it (by her standards), I will have her measure for a new sail, the mast has a significant camber (bend) and a slight rake....something that needs to be taken into account when having a new sail made.
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