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post #20 of Old 11-25-2007
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An orange storm sail is a great idea. My sail maker is Thurston in RI and he has quoted my storm sails in orange. But how much attention do you want on a typical day. Orange is a recognized signal of distress and I donít want the ships to make a habit of getting too close to check me out or even worse make orange lose it meaning as a signal of distress. Maybe a good compromise is to use tanbark. It stands out but doesnít have the same meaning as orange. By the way I got your PM.

You can order small runs of cloth so getting enough orange isnít the problem even if you are an amateur sailmaker.
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Robert Gainer

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