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Asymmetrical sail measurement

I have an Asymmetrical spinnaker saved from my wrecked 40 sloop. The sail is virtually brand new c/w dousing sock. I do not know who made it nor do I have any size details. I am purchasing a replacement boat in the 36 to 38 length range. Will the sail fit? How are they measured? And if too big can it be modified?
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A lot of variables there. The only definitive answer I can offer is "maybe."

If you are purchasing a newer design than the one you lost (sorry about that, by the way)) there is probably a better chance the old chute will fit the new boat. Modern designs tend to have more height to their rigs than older ones (gross generalization).

But then there are questions like, was the old boat a mast-head rig, and is the new one fractional? Or vice versa? If so, the sail could end-up quite a mismatch.

My best suggestion is to hold on to the sail, and see what boat you end up with. Then ask a sailmaker what they think. It might end up working, or worst case you can sell/trade it and use the proceeds toward a new one.

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Yes, sorry to hear of your loss...

Another possibility might be to have the sail recut if it's simply a bit too big - may cost less that the tradeoff between selling the old one and buying another.


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Wrecked boat was a Belliure 40', 1985. (old Spanish fast cruiser. Mast was around 57' high, mast head rig.
New boat potentially a Beneteau 361 or 381. Mast height less but only a few feet in the case of the 381.
I'm guessing I need to get the shute out and see how long it is, head to clew??
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