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Re: Used sail testing
Barquito, unless you just want sails for putzing around, or you get extremely lucky and find a bargain (better luck in Vegas) you might be better off searching for a good price on a less expensive sail and just figuring out a way to pay for them.
There might be some decent used sails to fit you, IF you have a popular model, and IF they are salvaged by a breaker from last year's big storm salvage. Might. But unless you can go check them out, shipping and returns (if it wasn't right) can push the budget into new sail territory very easily.
Filling with water ain't gonna happen unless you've got a little boat in a sunny place, because no one wants that big ugly wet sail to have to dry out after you've done that. Ignoring anything else.
If the resin is gone and the fabric isn't stiff, odds are it is already losing shape. And then that's assuming it is really the right cut for your boat. But if you tend to be lucky, and you don't mind investing lots of time...