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It's Here, It's Here!!

My new main arrived yesterday, Woo Hoo!! Going to replace my 16 year old main that is so blown, it isn't really a sail anymore, just a triangle.

The old main is so blown that the sail shape is not even close to an airfoil, it's more like a spinnaker. The boat goes okay in low winds (10 knots or less) with the headsail out, but any thing above 15 knots and the boat just gets blown over. I did a test to see if the headsail and main were both shot and in 15 knot winds with the mainsail only, I was going 2.5 to 3 knots and heeling almost 15 degree. The boat hull speed is 7.2.

Less than 48 h till the weekend.

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Oh No! Now we are going to have some freaking speed demon out there creating high wakes with his sail boat.

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Congrats on the new sail.

Let me pass on a tip my sail maker gave me when he delivered the new main on BR several years ago: always release the tension on the foot when you stow the sail. Keeping one edge of a sail tensioned while the other two are not will eventually distort the sail and shorten it's useful life. The same goes for the haulyard on a roller-furled jib.
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DrB - out of curiosity, what are the specs of your new sail, and where did you buy it?

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My new main arrived yesterday, Woo Hoo!! Going to replace my 16 year old main that is so blown, it isn't really a sail anymore, just a triangle.

The old main is so blown that the sail shape is not even close to an airfoil, it's more like a spinnaker. The boat goes okay in low winds (10 knots or less) with the headsail out, but any thing above 15 knots and the boat just gets blown over. I did a test to see if the headsail and main were both shot and in 15 knot winds with the mainsail only, I was going 2.5 to 3 knots and heeling almost 15 degree. The boat hull speed is 7.2.

Less than 48 h till the weekend.

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I hope it fits properly. it would suck if it was cut or measured wrong. Post photos of the boat with the new main up.

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Sail is for a Pearson 10M Tall Rig. P=40.5, I=46, J=14.2, E=11. I bought the sail from Hood/Rhode Island. The sail cloth that I picked was 6.0 ounce Vektron and I asked for a "racing" roache, 2+2 battens, loose foot, 2 reefs, and the P10M insignia. My "racing" roach is more roache than normal, but still short of the backstay. Cost for sail was $2500 at roughly 265 ft2 of cloth.

I don't really care about the sail cloth and features, just the Pearson Trident P with 10M logo on it. The logo is soooo cool!! My old main just had a number on it.

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Well done, DrB, enjoy the sail, you'll be amazed and how little weather helm you'll have and how well balanced you'll be with a new, flat mainsail (I was) - we'll be dodging through the predicted sun and thunderstorms between MV, Padanaram, Chatham and Nantucket over the next 4 daze - please don't t-bone us. We'll keep an eye out for you -


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Right on, Dr B! I thought I'd chime in and "co celebrate".....I just got myself a new main (not as fancy as yours; it's only Dacron) for my 27 footer. I sailed yesterday for the first time with it which was great fun. I loved looking at the full battens and crisp leach. It's a Rolly Tasker sail from CA.

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Congratulations! Very exciting stuff, and those 10M's sail so nicely that I bet with the new main you'll cook along. I'm getting a new mainsail this weekend too, and can't wait to check it out!

Hey, do you sail out of Narragansett Bay somewhere? I have a very close friend who sails a 10M out of Wickford, RI. The boat's name is Galadriel.

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