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Sails Questions

I am curious about sails. I have many questions about them and I will post a few here.
What is the best material for blue-water sails? Canvas or nylon or something else?
What is the average life span on well maintained sails?
At what wind speed does a stout sail face the real threat of tearing?
What sail is the most likely to tear on a boat, I.E. worst track record (the sail that runs out of life first, again maybe the main or the job or another?)
Is it recommended that you keep a spare sail for everything? I.E. Mainstay, jib, ect.

I have many more questions but this appears to be a good start. Thanks in advance for the answers and anything else prudent to the subject.
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