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Looking into sail cloth by diffrent manufacturers I have found three that seem to be close in the make up. Marathon is North Sails cloth said to be light and durabul a great cruising sail.Maxx which is Airforce Sails I could not get all the information on because the site was confusing but it sounds good. Then UK which also has a good description of its sails and they seem to be high tech the Tape Drive. I was left still with the question of which one would be the best cruising sail long lasting and strong. All they claim to be all that talk is great but I want solid proof for the price you have to show me more than a picture.I don''t like to waste peoples time by having them take me through a sales pitch and then saying ok I will call you when I am ready. Here it is a small boating comunity and you could get a bad rep for being a time waster if you know what I mean. I guess I am hopeing you people will step up and say that you used whoever because and the cloth is great but.
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I suggest checking out Hood Vektron sails for a great combination of performance and durability. They are tightly woven dacron with vektran reinforcing fibers, producing an enhanced stength to weight ratio with the reliability of traditional construction. They''re surprisingly economical too, compared to some options. I''d be interested to hear how others have faired over the long term with this product.
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I just got through reading all the information on Hoods site and fired them of a quote thanks for responding I will post to the site when I have done all the homework and ordered. I have heard some negative stuff on kevelar strands that made me keep looking. Check the Hood site out good reading and it makes you back up a step or two with laminate sails.
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Sailing World and other magazines periodically cover what''s up with sails & sailcloth. For cruising, Dacron and Pentex seem to be the most prevalent. We have a tape drive genoa from UK and it it pretty beat after four/five seasons. Our Pentex main is three seasons old, and people ask us if it is new. Dacron is nicer to handle, reefing or furling, than the newer stuff. What suits you best will depend a good bit upon how your boat is set up and the type of sailing you do. If you''re slogging away across oceans, you may want one thing. If you cruise port to port each day with roller furling, something else thing might be better for you. Price and performance requirements also have to be considered. We needed racing performance from our main, so went with Pentex. We expect it to hold up about five or six seasons, for racing. Our working jib is a heavy dacron sail. It probably takes a different, less efficient shape now than when it was first cut, but the cloth and stitching is still in ok condition, about 10 or 12 years since it was built. For cruising, it''s fine, and will probably hold up another four or five years. You pays your money and takes your choice.
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