New boat, Need new sails, Have new questions. - SailNet Community

   Search Sailnet:

 forums  store  


Quick Menu
Forums           
Articles          
Galleries        
Boat Reviews  
Classifieds     
Search SailNet 
Boat Search (new)

Shop the
SailNet Store
Anchor Locker
Boatbuilding & Repair
Charts
Clothing
Electrical
Electronics
Engine
Hatches and Portlights
Interior And Galley
Maintenance
Marine Electronics
Navigation
Other Items
Plumbing and Pumps
Rigging
Safety
Sailing Hardware
Trailer & Watersports
Clearance Items

Advertise Here






Go Back   SailNet Community > General Interest > General Discussion (sailing related)
 Not a Member? 


Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
  #1  
Old 12-02-2011
Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2011
Location: Milwaukee, WI
Posts: 38
Thanks: 6
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Rep Power: 0
fiatracer163 is on a distinguished road
New boat, Need new sails, Have new questions.

How much of a difference will there be between 7oz and 6oz sail fabric?
Is there that much of a difference between sail fabric from different makers?

Challenge Cloth http://www.challengesailcloth.com
or
Dimensions Polyant Fabric? http://www.dimension-polyant.com

Is there really a difference between them???

Anything else I should ask about when shopping for new sails?

This is for a catalina 27 tall out of milwaukee

Thanks
Reply With Quote Share with Facebook
  #2  
Old 12-03-2011
DRFerron's Avatar
A mod and her dragon
 
Join Date: Nov 2005
Location: SE Pennsylvania
Posts: 3,685
Thanks: 40
Thanked 112 Times in 105 Posts
Rep Power: 10
DRFerron is on a distinguished road
I don't have an answer but these questions might help others who want to respond.

Do you race? In most cases differences like that are of more concern to racers who want to squeeze every bit of speed out of the boat.

I don't race but if I was making the decision, I'd ask which one would be better in the conditions in which I usually sail? In my case on the Chesapeake, that would be light air.

Good luck.
__________________
Donna


To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
Catalina 30 TRFK

Contributing Editor
To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
magazine

To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
Rock Hall Cruising Station

All things that are, are equally removed from being nothing. John Donne
Reply With Quote Share with Facebook
  #3  
Old 12-03-2011
chef2sail's Avatar
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: Maryland
Posts: 6,828
Thanks: 28
Thanked 53 Times in 49 Posts
Rep Power: 7
chef2sail will become famous soon enough
Send a message via AIM to chef2sail
Like everything else...it depends.

It depends as DFerron says what the boat is used for
It depends on the prevailing wind conditions
Not sure about the dimension, but we dont feel the need for the laminate sails so we have the challenge without


We have two headsails ( furler) for instance

135- 7 oz challenge sailcloth for March, April, October, Nov, Dec sailing- as the wind is heavier(denser) (cold air), and the average wind speeds often exceed 15 knots as fronts are moving through quite frequently

155- 6 oz challenge sailcloth for May, June July and most of September as the winds tend to stay in the 5-15 range, (Hot, less dense air) and it is easier to fill and move 6 oz vs 7 oz sailcloth.

Both sails have foam luffs on our Harken furler. If we have larger winds in nthe summer months we find it easier to furl the 155 down to 135 or 120.

Dave
__________________

To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
___________________________
S/V Haleakala (Hawaiian for" House of the Sun")
C&C 35 MKIII Hull # 76
Parkville, Maryland
(photos by Joe McCary)
Charter member of the Chesapeake Lion posse

Our blog-
To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.


“Sailing is just the bottom line, like adding up the score in bridge. My real interest is in the tremendous game of life.”- Dennis Conner
Reply With Quote Share with Facebook
  #4  
Old 12-03-2011
Jeff_H's Avatar
Moderator
 
Join Date: Feb 2000
Location: Annapolis, Md
Posts: 6,538
Thanks: 5
Thanked 85 Times in 65 Posts
Rep Power: 10
Jeff_H has a spectacular aura about Jeff_H has a spectacular aura about Jeff_H has a spectacular aura about
There are huge differences in sail cloth even of the same weight. Fiber orientation can make a huge difference in the life of the cloth and its wind range. But also the heavier the cloth the less stretchy it will be, but the poorer its shape holding in light air.

This is the reason that dacron sail cloth makes less than zero sense for a Cat 27 that is mostly cruised or daysail. If you go with a lower stretch fiber (ideally an aramid), then you can have a sail made with a lighter fabric and still have good shape holding capabilities. Because the cloth can be lighter, it may also cost less, and since aramids hold their shape much longer than dacron and so have a much lower cycle cost as well.

These days buying dacron is a very short sighted and costly decision.

Jeff
__________________

To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
Curmudgeon at Large- and rhinestone in the rough, sailing my Farr 11.6 on the Chesapeake Bay and part-time purveyor of marine supplies
Reply With Quote Share with Facebook
Reply


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools

 
Posting Rules
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may post attachments
You may edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
what to do with the sails on the boat smallboatlover General Discussion (sailing related) 1 06-05-2011 10:30 AM
Sails Questions trisstan87 General Discussion (sailing related) 5 08-16-2010 02:05 PM
Questions about mending small tears in sails 2Sheets2Wind Gear & Maintenance 4 03-20-2010 02:13 PM
Sails on a Boat That I'm Looking At FritzN Gear & Maintenance 9 02-22-2007 11:42 AM
FX sails and some questions maestro Gear & Maintenance 1 01-09-2006 01:49 PM


All times are GMT -4. The time now is 02:07 AM.

Add to My Yahoo!         
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
SEO by vBSEO 3.6.1
(c) Marine.com LLC 2000-2012

The SailNet.com store is owned and operated by a company independent of the SailNet.com forum. You are now leaving the SailNet forum. Click OK to continue or Cancel to return to the SailNet forum.