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Do you know how old the existing sails are? If they have a very soft 'hand'.. ie there's no crackle left when you flake or fold them it's likely they are nearing the end of their useful life.. are they badly discoloured? another indication of age.
Look at some sail trim articles... if your sails don't look like they set up similarly, and you can't make them look like that, then again, your sails may essentially be toast. But reading those articles may give you some ideas on halyard and sheet tensions that might be making your sails look bad and hurting performance.
In the end, if you decide to renew, shop around.. try FX sails online for some guidelines, they often come in much less than the mainstream sailmakers.. at least you'll have a comparison point. There's much to be said for buying locally, esp from an after-sales-service perspective, so that's a factor to think about too.
Otherwise that's a relatively well known boat and getting sails made for it will not be complicated.
1984 Fast/Nicholson 345 "FastForward"
".. there is much you could do at sea with common sense.. and very little you could do without it.."
Capt G E Ericson (from "The Cruel Sea" by Nicholas Monsarrat)