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Re: Going to look at a boat
It's not really a bad thing. It gives you more control over the sail's shape than I have with mine. At your stage of the game (I'm not really that far ahead of you) it's the kind of thing that you'll likely set and forget for a while until you get more comfortable with the boat and how the lines all work. I can see where, as a racer, that would come in handy, and if you decide to race her eventually, it will be a good thing.
Of course, I could also be wrong and the sail may just be blown out. That means that it no longer creates an efficient shape when you're sailing, and you'll eventually want to get a new sail or at least a new-to-you sail (there are several places that sell used sails, and many of them are from racers who use the sail for one season then "need" a new one, with the old one being perfectly sufficient for what you'll probably be doing over the next year or two). If you go to Sailboatdata.com you can get the measurements for the mainsail, then check minneysyachtsurplus.com or bacon sails in Annapolis (among others) to get an idea of what a used sail in decent condition might cost.
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Last edited by jimgo; 09-05-2013 at 10:16 PM.