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post #2 of Old 04-07-2004
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Sails Radial or Tape drive

We''ve been pretty happy with our tape-drive genoa. As it was explained to us, the tape holds the sail to its designed shape, and is very strong. Ours is "optimized" for about 12-25 knots of wind. It will keep that shape in 40 knots or 3 knots of breeze. The pentex or other film simply keeps the wind from blowing through the tapes. The sail is now about to start its fifth season, and the kevlar is showing signs of UV degradation. I expect we''ll need a new one shortly. For our Pentex main we went with a local sailmaker, and have been even more pleased by their close attention to detail and
customer care. The main is going on its third season and the boats racing us still complement us on how it looks as we pass them. It gets more use than the genoa, since we have several headsails. We''re hoping the pentex lasts a little longer than the kevlar, and so far it''s holding up well.
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