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post #31 of 32 Old 01-16-2009
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My advice would be to go with a local loft, that the advantages of someone nearby who can accurately measure your boat and be available to deal with questions in person is worth the extra cost. Sails are inherently custom to some degree, almost regardless of how common your boats, and ordering them over the internet provides too much opportunity for a misunderstanding to slip into the process, a situation producing aggravation and weeks to months of followup to get corrections done. Been there, done that. several regards...
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post #32 of 32 Old 01-22-2009
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My thoughts.

Mostly, I'd go with Jason 3317, except for the battens.
More dousing trouble and pocket wear than they're worth on a summer cruising boat. You'd won't lose all that much in sail efficiency without the battens while cruising Long Island Sound in the summer, because you're usually on a reach.
And most of what you'd lose in the battens you'd gain back by having the option of tensioning a loose footed main for better sail shape. Been there, done that.
If you're interested in seeing what I'm talking about, look for a white and blue Bristol 28 at Champlin's on Block this May through October. I'm Ed, the sandy haired (what's left of it) dude dozing in the cockpit.
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