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Re: Determining sail size area
All the quotes that I got were from major sail makers and were specifically for furling mains. The Elan Impression 514 is at least 20 tons and any extra sail surface would be greatly appreciated. The problem is that the one sailmaker who can deliver the sails in time and at a good price is proposing 64 m˛ with 5 short vertical battens, whereas the boat was originally delivered with a 68 m˛ mainsail and five full vertical battens. I feel like I'm going to be losing performance.
If I understand correctly, then, the length and number of battens is what determines how much more roach the sail can have? Is there anything else that can impact the surface area of the sail? (everything else being equal, of course, i.e. same measurements, same fabric, same cut...). If I ask for longer battens, would this allow the sailmaker to increase the roach?
Last edited by Waldoh; 07-01-2013 at 12:24 PM.