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Sail Question

Hey all,
I inherited some sailing equipment and I'm having a hard time identifying some items. In particular there is a large triangular sail that measures approximately 14 feet wide by 36 feet tall and came in a red, white & blue bag. I'd like to sell it but know next to nothing about sailing and am hoping someone more knowledgable in the community could help me out.
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Re: Sail Question

Looks like a genoa. It's the sail that is hanked onto the stay running from the top of the mast to the bow of the boat. It should have grommets about every 18" on one long edge. That would make it a "hank-on jib or genoa". If it does not have grommets, but has a thicker "bead" edge, it is a roller furling genoa.

Look up similar sails on ebay to get an idea of value. Condition is everything. A good sail must be clean, undamaged and crisp, to get a good price. If the sail is dirty, soft, and frayed or has bad stitching; it may not be worth the shipping price.

Include pictures of the corners, stitching and grommets or luff tape in your ad. Measure each of the 3 sides and include those measurements. The short side is the foot, the side with the grommets or luff tape is the luff, and the long side on your sail is the leech.
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Re: Sail Question

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....The short side is the foot, the side with the grommets or luff tape is the luff, and the long side on your sail is the leech.
Actually the longest 'side' is going to be the luff - with either the luff tape (small rope within a tape) or grommets and 'hanks' or hooks. The other 'longish side' will be the leech. It should have an adjustable string embedded in it.

If it's 36 or so feet long overall then it's likely off a 30 footer or near enough, look for a sailmaker's logo or mark near the tack (corner of the luff and foot)

As okabow said, its value is highly debatable, but could be worth a few hundred dollars. It's likely a working jib, as many 30 footers' "J" measurements are close to 14 feet.
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Re: Sail Question

Awesome, thank you guys so much. I appreciate the help and your expertise!!!
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Sounds and pic makes it look like a 130'ish or maybe as small as a 110 off a 30'ish foot boat as faster mentions, along with probably made by Ullman. As they use red, white and blue bags.
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Re: Sail Question

Ok, so it appears the grommets on the luff occur every 3 feet...Luff 36', Leech 34', Foot 14'. No sailmaker's logo that I can distinguish. Sail is crisp, but dirty (I read that rust spots can be scrubbed off fairly easily-gonna give it a try). Stitching appears to be in decent shape.
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Re: Sail Question

don't get your hopes up. used sails are not worth much. with out a big name maker it would sell for maybe $200 to as low as please take it because I need the space . I have a garage full of old racing sails and can't find any one to take them.
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Re: Sail Question

The grommets are for attaching the hanks. Looks like someone removed them. You can try selling on Ebay or Craigslist, but its not going to be easy.
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