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

People in the tropics are using black awning material, as it resists UV much better. I have black poly pipe on my shrouds which has been in the sun for 37 years and is as good as the day I put it on. White would have broken up in three years. I imagine black sail thread would have similar UV resistance, as white polyester is basically transparent fibres. Similarly, dark sailcloth is far more UV resistant than white.
Friends, who have cruised across the Pacific several times, hated battens of any kind, after having used them. You dont want any kind of battens on a cruising sail. Your jib doesnt need one , neither does your main.
A flatter cut on a well trimed sail heels a tender boat far less.
A big roll of peel and stick sail repair tape will be one of the best purchases you can make for offshore cruising. It welds itself on. A hand crank sewing machine is another very good investment. Any heavy duty domestic machine can be converted to hand crank , cheaply, and will do. Good sail thread will go thru far more layers than rough sail thread. Get some from a sailmaker.

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