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I agree that, for your boat, the better choice would be a laminated main, rather than jib. If I had to choose between the main and the jib, I would want my largest sail to be laminated, because the larger the sail, the more you gain (i.e., less weight aloft, etc.) from having a lighter-weight laminated sail. Conversely, dacron will be less of a disadvantage on a smaller sail. (The weight and stretchiness will be less significant.)
Obviously, if you can afford to buy a whole suit of laminated sails, that will make you the most competitive. But, if your largest sail is laminated, and your others are dacron, you can still be very competitive. What you do with your sails still matters a great deal more than how they are made.
North built my old dacron sails, and I have no complaints. Anyone who has owned a UK, North or Doyle is likely to sing their praises. In reality, if you buy from any of the top sailmakers, you will probably get a very well-built laminated sail with a very good shape.