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Evaluating a used asym spinnaker

Hi sailing sistren and brethren,
I could use some tips for evaluating a used asym spinnaker. The sail is probably 10-15 years old, and is made of the typical lightweight ripstop that I'm estimating is .75 oz. It was made by a Windjammer loft but I haven't yet found info on that loft yet.

I would use it for the typical light wind conditions below which my 7 oz genoa doesn't hold itself up. Not racing. Repeat, not racing.

There are no repairs or obvious fabric or stitching problems, and the fabric seems to have some stiffness and resilience in it, and does not feel threadbare or frail. The head, tack and clew have brass rings with two webbing straps for reinforcement.

The price is in the ballpark, meaning within range of what I would pay for the sail if I decide it has several years of good use left in it.

So, are there any particular insights anyone has into evaluating a used asym beyond looking for tears and such?

I appreciate any and all pointers.

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I would think that as long as the webbing and cringles are in good shape and the stitching is in good condition, you are good to go. As you say the fabric still has some stifness, it has been properly stored and probably wasn't used all that much and probably has lots of life left. Check that the size is okay and let it fly.
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