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Choosing a new main sail.

I have an Islander Excalibur 26 and am about to buy a new main sail for her.
I mostly day sail on the Monterey bay but plan to do some costal cruising this season or next. The sail I am looking at is 6.5 oz Dacron.

My question is, is 6.5 oz Dacron a good weight of sail for Day sailing / costal cruising?
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Probably OK,.....

but I assume that you have talked to a (the) sail maker and got their input/recommendation, correct? If not I would do this. One question to have the answer to when speaking with them is "what are the typical wind speeds in the area that you sail in? Also, what wind speeds will you go out in and what ones will you not?

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Re: Choosing a new main sail.

Why not call Santa Cruz sails and ask?
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Re: Choosing a new main sail.

Stheeb,

Mainsail weight and shape are in large part driven by the prevailing winds in the area.

For instance on the Gulf Coast where we almost always have light air, huge roach mains and light weight material are much more common than areas where reefing in commonplace. In fact half the boats here have never reefed their mains, because we don't get the winds to justify it.

I don't know your area, so I couldn't speculate on what would be appropriate for you.
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Re: Choosing a new main sail.

yes, should be good.
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Re: Choosing a new main sail.

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I have an Islander Excalibur 26 and am about to buy a new main sail for her.

My question is, is 6.5 oz Dacron a good weight of sail for Day sailing / costal cruising?
The standard sail weight for the:

larger Catalina 27 is 6.5 ounces.
larger Hunter 27 is 6.5 ounces.
similar sized MacGregor 26M is 5.5 ounces.
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Re: Choosing a new main sail.

My first keelboat was an Islander 28, very much an anaomoly here on the east coast.

I think for coastal cruising and the larger winds you experience there you might want to go up to 7.3 oz. Make sure you get at least two reef points.

I would suggest Quantum sails for you to talk with and visit to get some information. Not all sails are the same and they can help tailor your needs to your sailing area and sailing profile, Their sails are a little more money...but customers service and fitting can be important. Read some of the other threads on Sailnet about sail lofts too. Be very carefully about going the internet way.

You will have the sails 10+ years,,,going cheap may cost you more in the long run. They are the engines for your boat.

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Re: Choosing a new main sail.

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The standard sail weight for the:

larger Catalina 27 is 6.5 ounces.
larger Hunter 27 is 6.5 ounces.
similar sized MacGregor 26M is 5.5 ounces.

This doesn't consider the cut of the sail, venue conditions, no. of reef points,etc... OP, call Santa Cruz sails or maybe ring Pineapple up in SF for some ideas. You're in an area with many good options.

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