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Getting mylar laminate sails that will last half as long as dacron sails for a Tartan 34 is like getting Pirelli racing tires for the family minivan. The yawl rig makes it like a minivan towing a trailer. Even if the Pirellis were free, would you even consider doing that to your minivan, given the possibility of a blowout in the highly specialized tires NOT designed to deal with potholes? Glues that hold laminated sails together have improved, but when the mylar sails are done, delamination sets in and they are DONE.
You will then need a new suit of sails, because they will be disintegrating - whipping themselves into shreds with each tack. Dacron sails may stretch a bit, but they hold together, even if the shape isn't optimum. Dacron sails 20 or 25 years old can still catch wind and move the boat. You may also want to ask about Pentex, if you're looking for lighter sails to handle.