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Re: New sail Dacron characteristics

While I agree that a dacron mainsail makes sense on a Pearson 30, I would suggest that laminated high modulus headsails will have longer serviceable life and so have a lower life cost on a boat like yours, even if you are mostly cruising.

I also think that the mid-range products at lofts like Quantum have better lifespans since they employ better fabrics, stress mapping and fabric inspection and testing than the budget lofts. Even on broadseamed horizontal cut sails small rotations in the fiber orientation, can have a very big affect on stretch, and durability. The better lofts get that right. The key to a low life cost is to buy sails from the best loft you can, in the best materials during the time of year when they are on sale.
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