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Re: North Sails Direct fiasco
Morild, stock size sails fit stock boats. How you've raked the mast has no bearing on what the original sail size was, or what the current sail size is. Unless you're a top-tier racer making custom sails, rigging adjustments play no role in how you buy sails.
On the other hand, if you measure an old sail, you are also guaranteed to give the loft the wrong measurements for a new sail, as old sails are stretched out and can easily be 2-4% longer than when they were new. The first time I asked a loft to make a genoa and make sure it was a full 130(?) percent based on the builder's measurements, their answer was that they'd suggest making it only 128%, because after a year or so it would stretch out and if anyone measured it--we'd be DSQ'd on the spot.
If you've got the original rig, the original sail plan WILL fit. And if the designer did a good job, it will work very nicely. If you didn't buy the boat brand new, you have no way to tell if some PO replaced the rigging, maybe used a turnbuckle an inch too long (excuse me, 2.5cm too long in Denmark?) or what was done, so you still need to measure the rig and the sail both.
You're right, there may be different wheel sizes. That would be perfectly analogous to asking "Did you get the light air rig, or the shoal draft?" and in both cases, any half-competent shop would look up the model in their library and see there are (or aren't) variations, to come back and ask again.
With any custom-made product, any "bespoke suit" so to speak, if you expect it to fit properly the very first time without any chance of error...sooner or later you'll get a surprise. These days, sooner is sadly more likely.
Last edited by hellosailor; 04-09-2013 at 05:36 PM.