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View Poll Results: What say ye to tanbark?
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Re: Tan bark—For or agin it

Putting phony Tanbark on a fiberglass yacht just looks silly and the color is ugly. real tanbark on a real olden day sailing vessel is OK since I have sailed on and maintained the real thing I just have to laugh a bit when I see the Fake stuff
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Re: Tan bark—For or agin it

I voted yes because I like the way they look on a gaff boat. But, and its kind of a big but, they seem to be more expensive and I find I wear out enough gear, including sails that I dont think I would ever be able justify the extra expense to myself.
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Re: Tan bark—For or agin it

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Putting dacron tanbark sails on a traditional boat, may seem more authentic, but since you can tell dacron from natural fibers its more of a poser move than a move that adds authenticity.

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Oh lighten up...

What sailor is not a poser? We deliberately choose a less reliable form of propulsion not because it makes sense, but rather because we like the way it doesn’t. We trim our boats with non-functional teak. We wax, we polish. We invite the neighbors our for an evening cruise. It’s just us and the elements, and our GPS, our radar and our microwaves.

Show me a sailor who doesn’t kowtow to the aesthetic and I’ll show you a commercial fisherman. The rest of us pose. Some more, some less, but pretending that one is above the fray is posing par excellence.

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Re: Tan bark—For or agin it

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I voted yes because I like the way they look on a gaff boat. But, and its kind of a big but, they seem to be more expensive and I find I wear out enough gear, including sails that I dont think I would ever be able justify the extra expense to myself.
The question was whether you would buy them, but whether you like them.

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Re: Tan bark—For or agin it

As Jeff said, looked at going with tanbark colored sails but could only find it in low quality sail cloth. Seems the manufacturers think tan bark only goes on old workboats and needs baggy blown out look as well as red sails to look authentic. Still love the look of tan bark if it was only available in premium coth.
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Re: Tan bark—For or agin it

My buddy put them on his "classic" boat. They look great. Not as efficient? Not a problem. I have to agree with Rmaddy that we are all going for style points, why not have fun with it?

PS: They would look crummy on my boat!
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Re: Tan bark—For or agin it

Tan bark on a Nor'sea is the cat's pajamas. But I bought white due to budgetary constraints. If someone gave me a set of tan bark I'd fly em until I got way offshore then I would switch to white.
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Re: Tan bark—For or agin it

Or you can go whole hog and just use flax:

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Re: Tan bark—For or agin it

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Putting dacron tanbark sails on a traditional boat, may seem more authentic, but since you can tell dacron from natural fibers its more of a poser move than a move that adds authenticity.

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Oh lighten up...

What sailor is not a poser? We deliberately choose a less reliable form of propulsion not because it makes sense, but rather because we like the way it doesn’t. We trim our boats with non-functional teak. We wax, we polish. We invite the neighbors our for an evening cruise. It’s just us and the elements, and our GPS, our radar and our microwaves.

Show me a sailor who doesn’t kowtow to the aesthetic and I’ll show you a commercial fisherman. The rest of us pose. Some more, some less, but pretending that one is above the fray is posing par excellence.
I am glad that with all of the factual, technical information that has been provided, you only chose to focus on the one subjective point in that post. Like any purely subjective point of view, if in your mind, you feel that tanbark sails add to the authenticity of appearance and that out weighs the poorer durability, higher cost, and poorer sailing ability, then buying tanbark sails makes sense for you.

The nice thing about subjective opinions, is that those of us who understand the issues with tanbark color Dacron and who are students of historical watercraft, are equally correct thinking of tanbark Dacron on a traditional boat in the same way we might think it to be as silly as adding tailfins on a minivan in an effort to create a retro look.

But in fairness, personally I think of boats as sophisticated tools that gain their aesthetic validity bfrom the integrity that comes from the honesty of it's design ethic, build quality and use of materials.

So hey, maybe that was just my opinion. Your mileage may vary.

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Re: Tan bark—For or agin it

Oh the irony.

Perhaps aesthetics that recall a historical era/geographical location, or that project image and personality have never informed your architecture, but the oversized explanations suggest something else.

Is it possible that a post asking for a thumbs up or down on something is just asking for a thumbs up or down?
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