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ImASonOfaSailor 12-06-2012 01:43 PM

New Sails?
Have any of you bought new sails for your sailing machines? I am thinking of buying some new ones my boat is like 30 years old, the sails are ok but i think they are stretched out! If you have bought sails what are some things you wished you did or asked about first?

What are some things you had done?

Like me i am thinking to get a Square Top and since my Main sail is boom-less and the foot of the sail isn't straight i was going to have it cut Straight like a boom would make it.

Thanks for your thoughts!

Squidd 12-06-2012 01:57 PM

Re: New Sails?

Main sail is boom-less
??? How does that work...???

CalebD 12-06-2012 02:49 PM

Re: New Sails?

Originally Posted by Squidd (Post 957845)
??? How does that work...???

And what model boat works like that?

Got a new main sail last year from: The Sailwarehouse

We went with high quality Dacron, full battens, loose footed, extra roach, 2 reef points and have been winning races ever since.

Price came in $1K cheaper than any local loft.

Now we need a new jib.

BarryL 12-06-2012 03:09 PM

Re: New Sails?

I bought a new main at the end of the summer.

Very similar to CalebD's configuration:
Dacon - because it's cheaper than other materials and lasts longer and I don't race
Full battens - give better performance and help the sail last longer too
Fuller roach - more sail area = more power
Loose foot - easier to adjust sail shape
1 reef - I've been sailing for about 10 years now and I have never needed a second reef (and I don't want to start now)
2 draft stripes -so I can adjust the sail shape
boat insignia
sail numbers

I went with my local UK Halsey loft because I have dealt with them in the past. The salesman comes to my boat and measures it. Then, when the sail is ready he comes out to remove the old one and will install the new one.

If I had the budget I would add a stack pack / lazy bag type sail cover that connects to the boom and lazy jacks to make it a little faster to go sailing and put the main away at the end of the day.


ImASonOfaSailor 12-06-2012 04:24 PM

Re: New Sails?
Im going with these guys!

Ullman Sails

Here is a Video of Boomless main sail!

CalebD 12-06-2012 05:08 PM

Re: New Sails?
Technically, no boom but there seems to be either a very firm batten or 'boomkin' in the foot of the sail in a pocket.
I can see why you might want to go with a 'square top' main sail. You can get a lot more main sail area that way.

ImASonOfaSailor 12-06-2012 06:55 PM

Re: New Sails?
All I want to do is chase down my Hobie friends and fly a hull easily .. so I think new sails should allowed this ? I'm just a little curious to spend this type of money and it not to help? at all

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