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  1. Hello from Ohio!

    Introduce Yourself
    Hi. I'm returning to sailing after many years. My Dad and I had a homemade boat when I was about 10 years old. He taught me the basics on Hoover Reservoir near Westerville. My wife and I bought a Seaward Fox (17 ft) fractional sloop this past summer. The previous owner said it came with a jib...
  2. Buying new Genoa - need advice

    Gear & Maintenance
    We are going to replace our old 150 with a 135 for our Catalina 36 tall rig. I have 3 quotes - roughly, 2K, 3K, and 4K. I've never bought a new sail before except for a Laser so if I look uninformed, it's not by accident. What should I be looking for? We sail in the Potomac and the...
  3. Genoa for Spencer 31'

    Gear & Maintenance
    We have a Spencer 31' sloop and are in need of a new genoa for her. Does any one out there have such an animal or even know the correct dimensions? It's roller furling also. thx :)
  4. Don't Clean that Sail

    General Discussion (sailing related)
    A laminate sail that I had cleaned by a commercial sail cleaner just shredded. My sailmaker said that it had been compromised by the process used by the commercial sail cleaner. A number of name sailmakers have since told me the same thing. "Don't allow the commercial sail cleaners to touch...
  5. Jib vs Genoa vs Spinnaker

    Learning to Sail
    My understanding is: 1.Gib is the most basic kind of foresail 2.Genoa is a large jib 3.Spinnaker is a colorful genoa. Is this correct?
  6. Sizes of genoas

    hi, i sail a huges 38 mk1 in Progreso, Yucatan, Mexico. The members of our club asking west florida HPRF for the hadicaps of our boats. I measured the size of my genoa and it was 160%. We won one of the regattas ans some felow captains wanted to measure our genoa again. Maybe i made a mistake in...
  7. Sailed singlehanded for the first time yesterday.

    General Discussion (sailing related)
    I'm 26 and inherited my boat from my dad when he passed this spring. It's a 29' Bayfield. Been learning to sail this whole summer on Lake Ontario. Took a basic crusing course. I was going to go out with a buddy yesterday when he bailed last minute. Winds were light so I decided that it was a...
  8. Overlapping versus Blade headsails which is quicker ?

    OK maybe this is a simplistic question but: Scenario : Beat to windward in a Force 3-4, flatish water, standard production 21st century cruiser/racer fractionally rigged Dilemma: If you have a choice between an overlapping 120% genoa sheeted around the shroud or a smaller say 100% blade jib...
  9. Jib Size Question

    Introduce Yourself
    I'm planning on getting new sails for my 1972 Venture 21, and amongst the many things to consider are jib size. Mauri for example offers jibs in 100%, 135% and 155%. I'm leaning toward 155%, to maximizesail area, but would appreciate any insights anyone may have on that.
  10. Buying used sails or new

    Introduce Yourself
    Does anyone have experience buying from The Sail Warehouse out of California? They have a long list of potential sails both new and used for sale and are very reasonable. Which makes me wonder about the quality. They have what they call standard OEM quality, cruising, and off shore. Any input...