Join Date: Dec 2009
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Opinion on stakpack and dacron weight for racing use
Hi All -
I've been lusting to replace my 10+ year old blown out main since I bought my boat at the beginning of the year (the rest of the sail wardrobe is very good). 90% of my sail purpose at this point is racing, although I do hope to do more cruising in the future, but racing will still probably be the reason I sail most of the time.
I have found a doyle loft that has a brand new main, built for a sister-ship in 2009 but not taken by the customer, and according to them there is nothing wrong except they made it from the wrong material for that customers order (he wanted laminate). It is unfinished (no numbers, battens, boxes) and has an integral doyle stackpak/lazy jacks. It is 8 oz dacron, full battens.
I like the idea of the stack pak for cruising, but does anyone think I should keep it if my primary purpose is racing? Right now I can raise and lower sails single handed without much trouble, and from what I understand full battens will make that even easier. So I don't really have a sail handling problem as of now.
Also, is 8 oz dacron to heavy if my primary purpose is racing?
There's no question this sail being new will be a big upwind and light air boost to my performance, but would I be better buying the sail I want and spending more? They are offering it finished (boxes, battens, numbers etc..) for $950.00
Appreciate your input - thanks!