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post #18 of Old 09-14-2012
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Re: Another new sail question/rant

Originally Posted by sonosail View Post
My real question is, do we (the performance/racing sailer) need do give up durability to get continuous fibers.
A this point, we don't have a choice.

And what real advantage is there over horizontal, glued/sewn seams (non-continuous fibers). Is there really that much stretch or 'energy loss'.
There is an advantage. On my 25 footer, probably not noticable. On an R/P 66 definitely. Bigger boats require things that stretch less. 1% on a laser is a lot less than 1% on a 2:1 halyard on a 60 footer. Most small boats don't need continuous fiber load path sails. But an R/P 66 has more than a few Pro's on board, and they're used to working with good stuff.

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