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post #4 of Old 08-03-2009
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Unless racing is your primary use, I wouldn't consider 3DLs. Yes they hold the molded shape well for a number of years, but the total useful life is much less than a dacron sail. Racers that also cruise will typically have two sets of sails - one for racing and one for cruising. For the average sailor, its still hard to beat the value of a well-made crosscut dacron sail. If you want a step up from a crosscut dacron sail, consider a "cruising laminate" sail.
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