Join Date: Mar 2007
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Go with 2+2
You talk about sail longevity as a a criteria. I would argue that a sail that is better shaped (2+2) is going to last longer than a sail that can't be shaped as well. I like the idea of going with the tapered fulls versus the fixed cross-section ones.
How long to intend on keeping your main? If it's more than 5-7 years of frequent use, and made of dacron, it will be probably be "blown" with either configuration.
Be careful on the added roach, adding a lot of roach makes the sail more powerful in light air, but can be negative if the wind pipes up. A sail with a light or no roach won't have to be reefed as early as one with a lot of roach. We added roach to ours and I definitely notice the difference in the boat heel angle in fresh to moderate winds. Whereas before I would think about reefing at 17 kts apparent, now I need to think about it at 15 kts. If you do add roach, keep it just inside the backstay. An overlapped roach cause a lot of wear on the sail.
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