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What are your ideal cruising sails?

To generate discussion, and to satisfy my curiosity, I pose the following to everyone:

If money is not an issue, and you want to outfit your 40-50 Ft sloop or cutter to sail the high seas for a number of years; What sails would you buy? What would your inventory be?

Of course this depends on many variables, but what yould you buy and why?

Harry

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On my cutter:

I would have a 140 genny to replace the yankee in light wind areas

An asymetrical with a spinnaker pole to use it as a normal spinnaker when going deep

A double grooved headsail foil to put up my 140 and my yankee at the same time for dead downwind runs. That would mean an additional pole to be sure both sails are winged out.
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If money was not object? Are you talking about brand name or style? On my last boat I had North Sails and they were very durable but expense. You get what you pay for....
For a 40 foot cutter spend the extra money and go with the offshore package of sails. You know, double reefs, clue, extra material at the stress points, heavier cloth. 150 Genoa, Storm jib, cruising asymetrical spinaker.
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I guess, both why not. Whose brand would you buy ? What would you want them made of? cut triradial?
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Cruising sails

on my last boat a tartan 37 cutter rigged sloop.
i had a self furling code zero, 3/4 oz spinnaker, 140 genoa radial cut,storm staysail, storm trysail, slab cut full batten main.

on my 53 foot ketch
i have a yankee 6 oz, a 1 1/2 oz gennaker 1500 sq feet, a forestay 3/4 oz balooner for dead down wind with dual poles, a radial cut main, a 140 genoa radial cut, a storm mizzen main , a radial cut mizzen main,
and a mizzen spinnaker.

fair winds,
eric
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Cruising Sails

I just put together a suit of sails for a customer that looked like this.

Full length vertical batten in mast furling main with four battens.

140% Genoa with UV cover and roll reef pad. We marked it for reefing at 115%.

100% Jib with same UV and reef pad. Marked it for reefing at 85%

Assym spin for light air reaching w/ ATN snuffer sock.

Symetric Spin for deep running w/ ATN sock. Both spins are .75oz as we felt that he wouldnt be pushing the limits of himself and the boat if it got windy enough to need heavier cloth.

Storm Jib and Trys'l

All the sails except for the spins were made of Quantums proprietary Fusion M laminate. Which is a blend of Carbon fiber and Technora yarns in between two sides of very durable and UV resistant taffeta.

Very strong and durable sail cloth like this costs a bit more than some online lofts but not more than North or UK or any of the other big brands. When looking at brand names and pricing sails it is important to remember to just compare apples to apples. If all things are the same then there shouldnt be a huge difference, if there is ask yourself and the other sailmaker...WHY?
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