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I have a S&S designed 1967 fin keel sailboat (ChrisCraft Apache 37) that I have owned for 20 years. When I bought the boat, I put new sails on it in '84 and last year put brand new Doyle tri-radial genoa and full batten main. A huge difference...it was like putting a turbo charged new engine in an old car, and, as a result, can tack this old sled in 90 degrees. They are regular dacron sails, but the main is a stack pack and cut with extra roach for added power. Since I'm originally from Marblehead MA, I got them direct from a friend of mine who is the VP Sales for Doyle. They did a great job and when this 40 year old boat took 2nd place in this summer's 70 mile Governor's Cup race on the Chesapeake, the loft pasted a finishing picture of the win in their loft.
I see that the discussion is on whether you get a laminate or dacron. I think the big difference is the quality of the design and airodynamics and fit and cut that provides the performance. Give them, at least, a call to get info. It's year end and they may do a deal for you and could serve that Tartan 34 very well. Good luck.