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What sails to sell?

After being without a boat for the last 20 years, we finally made the plunge again. We bought a 31' cruiser with lots of sails we will probably never use. I'd like to sell some but am not sure which to sell and which to keep. We intend to just cruise on the Chesapeake Bay, no racing. Here's what I got:

Dacron Genoas - 150%, 140%, 130%
Mylar Genoas - #1, #2, #3
Storm jib
Fully batten dacron main
Mainsail (older)
.75 oz radical spinnaker
.75 oz standard spinnaker

Headsail has roller furling. So, what should I keep and what should I sell.
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If you're not racing, ditch the mylar sails, the 140% dacron and the older mainsail. Keep the two chutes.

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I'd recommend a basic inventory of a large jib, a small jib, the storm jib, newer main and the better spinnaker. (I'm not sure what a radical spinanaker is, you mean radial?)

The large jib would be your primary use sail, I believe the CB is considered a light wind area like LI, if so I'd keep the newest 150 and the #3 (I assume the #3 is about 110%). If you simply want ease of handling, use the better 130% as your primary sail instead of the 150%.

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I'd recommend a basic inventory of a large jib, a small jib, the storm jib, newer main and the better spinnaker. (I'm not sure what a radical spinanaker is, you mean radial?)

The large jib would be your primary use sail, I believe the CB is considered a light wind area like LI, if so I'd keep the newest 150 and the #3 (I assume the #3 is about 110%). If you simply want ease of handling, use the better 130% as your primary sail instead of the 150%.
Sorry, my bad typing ... yes, I mean radial spinnaker. So, which would be the "better" one to keep, the standard or the radial, and what is the difference between the two?
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Sorry, my bad typing ... yes, I mean radial spinnaker. So, which would be the "better" one to keep, the standard or the radial, and what is the difference between the two?
If one is in much better shape, keep that one, otherwise keep the one whose color scheme you like better.

I assume the "conventional" spinnaker is an older tri-radial while the radial is a newer race sail. If so, the radial may be easier to sell...

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After being without a boat for the last 20 years, we finally made the plunge again. We bought a 31' cruiser with lots of sails we will probably never use. I'd like to sell some but am not sure which to sell and which to keep. We intend to just cruise on the Chesapeake Bay, no racing. Here's what I got:

Dacron Genoas - 150%, 140%, 130%
Mylar Genoas - #1, #2, #3
Storm jib
Fully batten dacron main
Mainsail (older)
.75 oz radical spinnaker
.75 oz standard spinnaker

Headsail has roller furling. So, what should I keep and what should I sell.
i'm with dog on this one...
however, depending on how many will be sailing w/ you, i'd dump both symmetric kites (keep your spinsheets though). replace it w/ an asymm for those inevitable light air chessie days.
mylar doesn't like roller furlers for the most part.the 140%, older main and #2,3 can go...keep your gale sail/storm jib, ebay the rest..if you have a good spinnaker pole, sell it locally.
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My reasons for dumping the mylar sails is they're a PITA to stow normally, since they don't like to be folded generally... they're prone to mildewing, and they don't roller furl well. The older mainsail, well... it might be nice to keep as an emergency backup, but that's about it...

I'd agree on the two spins. Dump them, get a nice, easy to handle asym instead.

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I gotta disagree on this one. Mylar has NO problem on a roller furler. My standard headsail is a 145% mylar that does very well rolled. (Thats is how you store them.) Mylar doesn't do well, as dog- said, being folded.

You didn't mention if the mylars are set-up for the roller furler or if they are just to be bent on for racing. I would keep the mylars since you already have them. Sooner or later you are going to be buying a new headsail, may as well use the ones you have and postpone droping that coin on new sails. (if you plan on keeping this boat awhile) Get rid of the #2 mylar, the 140, and the spins.

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To use an asymm to any real advantage he'll need to add a sprit, now its really getting expensive...when he's already got two symms.

During my summer cruising I would say I cover about 1/3 of total distance travelled using my symm, sailing time that otherwise would be under power. Having a good spinnaker and being willing to use it, can turn those light air days, or when the wind is aft, into pleasureable sailing experiences versus cranky engine rides. IMHO not having and using a spinnaker means giving up half your sailing when cruising...

At least for us owners of lead sleds I think a real spinnaker is as important as a good headsail, although the need may not be so dire for sailors like SD who can fly-a-hull in a breathe of air.

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My understanding of mylar sails is that they don't do well on a roller furler if you have to reef them for any period of time. The rolling isn't hte problem AFAIK, but the use of them reefed on a roller furler is. This has probably changed somewhat since I was using mylar sails on my friend's boat five or six years ago...but...it was a problem.

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I gotta disagree on this one. Mylar has NO problem on a roller furler. My standard headsail is a 145% mylar that does very well rolled. (Thats is how you store them.) Mylar doesn't do well, as dog- said, being folded.

You didn't mention if the mylars are set-up for the roller furler or if they are just to be bent on for racing. I would keep the mylars since you already have them. Sooner or later you are going to be buying a new headsail, may as well use the ones you have and postpone droping that coin on new sails. (if you plan on keeping this boat awhile) Get rid of the #2 mylar, the 140, and the spins.

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