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Old 05-22-2008
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I just put on an older North Norlam racing sail that I bought for $300. It has much better shape than the Genny I blew out and is a 145 as well. Used racing sails can be a bargain. If it fits right, go for it. Twist is usually built into a headsail as is sheeting angle, especially when dealing with laminate racing sails.
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First, I can't believe they want $6200 for a new one, but given that, I say buy the race for $1200 assuming it fits. Chances are you will not have that boat in five years, anyway.
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My .02:

Race guys use sails up relatively quickly around here (at least the deep-pocketed ones) and it isn't uncommon for a "hot boat" to replace an entire suit of sails in ranges from every season to every three years. I have been given or have purchased for a few hundred bucks several sails from C&C 33s and C&C 34s, both of which match my Viking 33 on the hoist and equal about 145% in area, being slightly shorter on the foot or J measurement. The mains are about six inches taller.

I have had the tape luffs converted at my sailmaker for about $150 for a number one. Consequently, I have a Kevlar main and a Kevlar composite No. 1 and a newish dacron No. 3 at a cost to me of about $600. The main isn't in great shape now, as it truly was nearly done, but the No. 1 and No. 3 are both going strong.

I have a Mylar No. 1 and 2 from a C&C 34 in bags awaiting "conversion" to hanks. They were free to me, and having them hanked will cost about $200.

Please understand that I cruise fast; I don't race. These sails are strictly three or four-season wonders, but at that price, they beat even a well-cut, well-made Dacron amortized over 20 years (which was the age of the sails I got with the boat in 1999). Basically, for me, "recycling" slightly worn race sails has been a good strategy, much in the same sense that buying a two-year-old used car and selling it at four years old is probably the cheapest and most reliable way to own a car while avoiding the trap of depreciation.

Just my experience.
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