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Re: Question about junk rigs
I'm really curious about why you think ripping a sail is something common enough to be a factor in your rig choice.
I doubt there are many of us who have torn a sail in good condition and in normal sailing situations. It's most often the stitching that goes first, long before the cloth.
I had to let a headsail flog itself to death (I wasn't going out or sending anybody else out the bowsprit in a hurricane, so we just cut the sheets), and the sail took better than 20 minutes to destroy itself in over 100 knots of wind!
I'd suggest a more conventional rig with double or triple stitched seams if you are worried about the sail holding up.
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