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You are correct in that a lot of class rules call for Dac's Especially the small boats. The C&C 115 I was on recently, one rig had all 3DL's, another had all dacs, the other 4 had mixtures, usually a Dac main, and a laminate jib of some sort. You get into some of the larger 1D boats, laminates are probably the norm more so than not.
For teh OP, if you need reps names for some for some of the local sailmakers, I have the Ones for North, UK, neil pryde and Ullman. Some locals in edmond like Scott Rushsails, the Neal Pryde rep to work with. Two on my dock have used Ian at UK, Jeff at Ullman PS is good too. Then jack at North is a constant too.
Your boat, in reality, may be better with a Dac main and mizzen, and a Lam ib/genoa for those light wind days here. My boat being all of 30', with a 190# main, and 350# 155 jib, the laminates for 5-10% increase in cost are the better option generally speaking for increased performance. Excepting the main is borderline, as they get bigger, then the laminates will be a better cost choice to a degree. laminates also increase your speed in some conditions, upwards of a knot. If cruising long distances, add that knot over 24 hrs for a 1-2 week crossing, along with a folding prop etc, you can make some major gains in distance traveled over a day or more, ie shave off 1-4 days for some crossings. For daysailing here in Puget sound, san juans etc. Dacs may still hold the edge for your boat all things considering.
I do think Dacs will go away at some point in time, or at least start being on the minor % sold, it may be 10-20 yrs or a bit more, but I think the lams will take over at some point in time.
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Last edited by blt2ski; 06-24-2008 at 12:42 AM.