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Boats with the same mainsail dimensions G-30

I have a Grampian 30. Mainsail has a 31x12' dimension. Any other boats with the exact same mainsail size? I am looking for a used main to fit mine. The main that I have is getting old. Last week it tore while tripple reefed in 35 mph gusts off the coast of South Carolina. Its being fixed now but before I go further in deep water I feel that I need a backup. After sailing with me a friend at the Cooper River Marina in Charleston actually suggested a backup before it happened. He also said that with a 'new' sail the boat would handle much better

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Check Bacon's sails. You can search used sails by size.
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Mitiempo thanks for the quick reply and great suggestion. Did look at Bacon sails and will keep checking them.
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You can try Minney's Yacht Surplus too.
Nothing exactly that size, but close- http://www.minneysyachtsurplus.com/m2.html
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M31' 8"34'11'6"6 OZ DACROPENORTHV.GOODETCHELLS 2208-24229C$295.00

sww914 I found this at MAINSAILS - LUFF SIZE 26' TO 45' as you suggested. 31' 8" x 11'6 Think that this would be reasonable to resize for a 30'x12'? I don't know much about sail making or refitting. If I can be sure that its not too difficult to do I might go ahead and get it. Anyone know if having someone add tripple reefs to this 6 oz Dacron is a reasonable thought as well. A large local sailmaker quoted me yesterday to make a new sail would cost $1800
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AA, I'd suggest you take an hour and physically measure your rigs dimensions if you don't have the specs. I found that my boat, even though it says 33.3 for the luff. I actually have plenty of track and room for stretch from 34.5 ft. on the main. Most seem to stretch 4- 6" on the luff and 3-5" on the foot.

How; just get a very long tape measure and tape securely to the Main halyard, hoist it all the way up till it stops then pull down about 6" or so to allow for stretch and then put the tape right where the foot will go in the boom. same for the boom length, from the hook to about 6" from the end of the boom.
I purchased some used sails at Bacon's a about a month ago. I'm happy as a lark, my boat is like a new boat now!
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while looking through some papers found on my boat, i came across quite a bit of the documentation of the sale from the OO to the PO, survey, charts... and a bill of sale that included a list of all gear included... including the sails. ill take a peek tonight and see if the specs measure yours.
you may also wanna check/post on the grampianowners.com site... they have a classified section
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You are trying to buy a used one! and going off shore? That sail is the same approx sw footage as mine with a 33.3 luff, and 10' foot. I got quotes as low as 1200, to as high as 4500 for a carbon tape set up. The 1200 was a typical dacron, IIRC FX is about that cost. Used ones granted are half the cost, but still........

Looked up FX here FX Sails Instant Online Sail Pricing not sure if that will still pop up, but prices were $1000 for a panel cut inshore, ie double stiched dacron, to just over $2000 for a pentax racing sail, about 1500 for an offshore triple stiched panel dacron.

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[QUOTE=akin_alan;638708this would be reasonable to resize for a 30'x12'? I don't know much about sail making or refitting. If I can be sure that its not too difficult to do I might go ahead and get it. Anyone know if having someone add triple reefs to this 6 oz Dacron is a reasonable thought as well. A large local sailmaker quoted me yesterday to make a new sail would cost $1800[/QUOTE]
Refitting an Etchell's sail to your boat could
easily cost half, or more as much as purchasing a new sail.
The sail will have too much Luff curve for your mast, you
may need to add luff slides as it will only have a bolt rope.
Adding Three reefs could add $4-500.
For your intended purpose, the only way to
go is to have a new sail built for the boat.
Mainsails have too many important details to
make them easy to refit from one boat to
another. And unless a boat is from a popular
racing One Design class, its mainsail is usually only
replaced after the old one is beyond its
life expectancy.
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I agree with Cool. A mainsail is best made for the boat with the specific features you want, reef points, etc. Jibs are a much easier item to buy used.
There has to be a few Grampian 30 mains out there but if they are not in great shape why bother?
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