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Triton 26 sail plan?

I've been restoring a Triton 26 'foxglove' made in Australia in 1963 with my father (not the pearson triton 28) and the mainsail has given up! On a broad reach on a quiet day there was a sudden rip and the main gave up along the entire length of the foot, tearing up into the belly of the sail as well. Not bad considering the age of the sail (original with the boat).

Although we have measured the old sail, I would love a sail plan so as to get an exact new sail. The old one is very stretched and i'm not confident that the measurements, especially the leech, are correct.

Any ideas where I can get a sail plan? Hours spent on the net have not yielded any results aside from the sails for the Pearson triton 28, which has different rigging. The original manufacturer is long gone.

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OK how far from the boom goose neck to the top of your mast and how far from the mast to end of your boom? this will give you an idea how to measure rig dimensions Sailboatdata.com - Display of Sailboat Rig Dimensions (if this is helpful click on the scales next to post number)
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Unfortunately I do not know the exact lengths of the standing rigging - I do not know exactly how long the tracks are.

However

The old sail has the following dimensions:
Foot - 303cm
Luff - 774cm
Leech - 816cm

And it fitted well with the rigging. I am a little concerned that some dimensions may have stretched or shrunk over time - however prior to the rip the sail was fitting just fine.

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OK the foot wont change significantly and the luff sounds good as well however i wonder if the mast is the original to the boat I'm a retired shipwright and the mast on most sloop rigs is the length of the boat plus the beam for the height of the mast off the deck. length+beam= mast head to deck so if that is correct your mast is about 1.5 meters to short for a 26 however its about right for a 22.
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Thanks for the help.

Yes, the mast is original with the boat. The mast is, of course, longer than the sail but probably not by more than 30 cm at the peak and 40 cm below the boom.

I must say that she never felt underpowered for the canvas, but I suppose she could carry more.
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I would not order sails from a sailplan for any boat, especially an older boat where some things may have been changed. The sailmaker ideally will measure for the new sail - that way if there are any errors they are the sailmaker's responsibility. Failing that measure yourself.
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sorry my bad the calculations and conversions from feet to cm actually shows with your new info that the mast may have originally been designed in the neighborhood of 2.3 meters taller. the mainsail measurements you give cross to a 21 ft triton mainsail carried by fx sails.
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Any measuring for a new sail should be done
on the boat itself, not on the old sail nor
from a sailplan. The benefit of working with
a sailmaker local to the boat is that they will
be able to take precise measurements to
insure the sail fits the rig and matches
the mastbend characteristics.
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Thanks for the feedback.

Unfortunately local sailmakers want $1600 + not including visits to the boat to make the sail. Considering that the boat is only worth about $5000 this is far too much and we just don't have that cash. Some of the Asian sailmakers will do it for $600 - less than half as much. It's hard to beat the price.

If we can't find a sailplan to check our dimensions, we'll very carefully measure it again ourselves.

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