Join Date: Jun 2000
Location: CT/ Long Island Sound
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Have to agree with sailingfool about dacron. It tends to last a VERY long time, and can hold up for well more than a decade. Some dacron sails end up having to be restitched because the stitching holding the panels together wears off due to chafe. The cloth is woven so tightly that the stitching doesn''t sink into it, and sticks out above the sail''s cloth surface. Whenever the sail rubs against anything, the stitching gets worn down first. The problem with dacron comes from stretch. Over time and useage, (years) the sail stretches and changes shape. The cloth may still look good, clean and without worn or frayed spots, but it has lost the aerodynamic "perfection" that it had when it was new. The less you race your boat, the less of a problem this is. Racers go for the lightest possible sails that have to hold together only about as long as they hold their shape. If the shape isn''t perfect, it''s time for a new sail anyway, as far as racers are concerned. If you''re not racing, go with Dacron. It''s cheap(er), stays serviceable longer, and looks good even in old age.