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post #2 of Old 01-03-2012
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Sails, especially dacron ones, can be functional for long after they have lost their optimal shape. This is more exaggerated for racers, but affects everyone. You would not want to keep using an old stretched out sail, even though it may still be functional, since it will be slower and will hurt your boats pointing ability among other things. Of course if your spreader just punched a hole in your genny, or if some un-taped cotter pine or split ring manages to put a tear in your main, then it might be nice to have a beater around to throw up until you can effect repairs on your new sail. Likewise, racers will often use older sails as delivery sails, thus avoiding putting hours on a sail outside of competition.
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