SailNet Community - View Single Post - Mainsail Design Question...
View Single Post
  #12  
Old 02-23-2013
killarney_sailor killarney_sailor is offline
Bristol 45.5 - AiniA
 
Join Date: May 2006
Posts: 3,037
Thanks: 3
Thanked 49 Times in 44 Posts
Rep Power: 9
killarney_sailor is on a distinguished road
I think that conventional Dacron sails from a good loft are quite remarkable. When we bought our boat our #2 was obviously shot and our Hood furling main looked pretty good but was far from new. We bought a #2 from North with a great boat show price. Our first year we went NYC to Bermuda and back for a shakedown and then the Cheaspeake as far south as Grenada and back. Before we left we assumed we would need a new main. When we got back to Florida we could not see any change in the main and the genoa needed only minor repairs. So we put off getting a new main until later (Oz or NZ?), With further minor repairs in Brisbane and South Africa we are ready to head to the Caribbean and North America. We wii be over 30,000 miles by then and these sails have been up in winds they were never meant for. For a cruiser I wonder if the fancy cuts are worth it.
__________________
Finished the circumnavigation in early February in Grenada. Have to work on a book project for the next several months so the boat will be waiting for next year.
Reply With Quote Share with Facebook