Sails: The life of sails on a cruisng boat is approximately 7 - 8 years. This life is for a boat that sails. Although the sails are 22 yers old and there are repairs on them they can be still good if they were not used. Tears might or moght not be a pronblem .If they teared due to wind force they might not be in good condition. But if they get defective during hoisting due to mishandling they might be still in good condtion.
The owner is saying he doesn't remember how the sails got torn. Doesn't this seem like the sort of thing one would remember, especially if one paid for the repairs?
Thanks for that helpful info, by the way.