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Advice for new sails

I have a Bristol 38.8 and i decided to get new sails (the old ones are really tired 10yo). This is my first cruising boat, but i have been and still am an avid racer with friends (j105 and j109). Obviously i do not plan to race the Bristol, but sail shape and upwind performance is important to me. I will do mostly costal sailing on the east coast plus maybe a trip to bermuda and bahamas.
After much consideration i narrow down to two options;

Tri-radial cut with Dimension-Polyant CXI (a polyester laminate with taffeta)
Cross-cut withDimension-polyant Square dacron

Any thought, and any experience with these cloths?
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Re: Advice for new sails

I am very happy with our Doyle triradial 135% consyructed from 5.5 oz. Dacron. Now four seasons old the sail still sets like new. Given your race experience I would think you would want the better shape of the triradial despite some additional cost. I wanted the performance but also in a cruising sail which would see long and heavy service, so I gave up on any laminates, seen too many with mildew which I could not live with.

Go for a triradial using a premium dacton, have the sail made locally (at least in US)hang the cost and for years to come,you will enjoy the result everytime you unfurl the jib. several regards...
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