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Re: Dumb Question....Whats a #1 Genoa?
Before you put the coin into a laminate headsail, how do you plan to use the boat?
If you're going to do any racing, I can see spending the money for a laminate. If you're strictly cruising and daysailing, then perhaps a good Dacron would be a better choice. It will last a lot longer, and cost less.
When I say "last longer", I mean that the failure mode of Dacron sails is a gradual loss of shape over a long period of time, and perhaps tearing at the very end. We're talking a lifespan of anywhere from 5-15 years depending on how the sail is used and cared for.
The failure mode of laminate sails is often "total, catastrophic explosion". They hold their shape perfectly, and then "fail". Lifespan: 3-8 years, depending on use and care.
Around the light air of the Chesapeake Bay, that #1 genoa that you have would be the sail of choice much of the time. My impression is that you have much more reliable, stronger winds, and that your #2 (130%) is the most common sail to use.
Alacrity, 1981 Tartan 33 #168