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post #31 of 35 Old 11-23-2019
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Yes it was Donna held the helm for a 45 minute sail across SD Bay.

A syndicate group has taken over the maintainence and sailing of the yacht. They race her and also take people out in groups to pay for costs as well maintainence. The money for the sail bag goes to


We have also sailed on America II A couple of different times when she was berthed in Lahaina , Maui. Another Dennis Conners boat. Was quite wet and exhilarating . Reaching out between Maui and Lani to the obvious wind line , the boat speed accelerated from 12 to 22 knots. They had also shortened her original mast so she wasn’t overpowered by the funnel trades winds between the islands.


She has been moved to Manhattan in recent years.

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I don't like waste either. I've made a few things from sailcloth. But I don't do it any longer because I like other fabrics better. Instead, I sell old sails as sails. That too, is recycling. The few that I have trashed were too far gone to suitable even for bags or patches.

Covers. Sunbrella lasts many times longer and conforms better. Sunbrella blocks the sun 10-20 times better (>99% UV blocking vs. 80-90% blocking).

Bags. I don't like the complete lack of stretch, like having a bag made of tin. Some might like it, I do not.

Yes, you can sew stuff from sail cloth, but it's just not the best material. People make bikes from bambo, which is frankly, absurd, since a glass/carbon composite or metal bike will last much longer. My first boat bag was heavy canvas, and is still going strong 30 years later. Sunbrella can go 15 years in the sun easy. Sailcloth might go 5.

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Re: Old sails

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I've always felt that sail cloth (stiff, no stretch, hard to sew)
Speak for yourself. My main is soft as a baby's nappy, and has plenty of stretch.

I, umm, I might be due for a new main.
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Well, my main isn't a soft as a baby's nappy, not any more at least. It's all hard, shiny, clean, and new. Picked up a new sail that was delivered this week. Can't wait to fly it. Comes with an actual reef point so I won't be using the stock roller reefing thing. I'll be switching out the goose neck to a more modern design. That'll help make mounting the boom much easier. Guess I've about got my boat just the way I want it. I'll be switching my attention to the trailer this summer. It's in need of some TLC.
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For bags that can take a beating and uv, the heavy denier polyester does well.
Nylon for abrasion, acrylic for uv
Look at the properties for each
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