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PS37 genoa -- what size?

5842 Views 22 Replies 10 Participants Last post by  Lantau
I'm getting ready to replace all of my sails. Currently I have what I think is a standard PS37 cutter setup by Ullman Sails, namely a main on battcars, staysail on roller furler, and 120% high-clew genoa on roller furler. It's easy just to get replacement sails from Ullman, but as I have gotten into this process I have been advised to do different things. One sailmaker wants me to extend the foot of my staysail. Another wants to lower the clew of my genoa to increase its size for light winds. Another wants to change the main. I'm not even mentioning the complications with installing a new sail on my current battcars (easy to do, hard to choose what to do).

What are those of you with the PS37/Crealock 37 using for sails? Right now I'm inclined to take the advice to enlarge the genoa a little bit. The PS sail plan for the boat includes a 130% genoa as one of the possible sails, so I think I should go for this at least. (I should point out that I'm calling mine 120% only because that's what US sails calls it. I haven't compared the measurements to get an exact percentage.)

Yesterday in 10-13 knot winds the boat was nicely balanced, but I started out in about 3-5 knots and a bigger genoa would have been nice to have. This boat was definitely designed for Force 4 (like most sailboats?); it's just perfect at those wind speeds -- such a pleasure. The boat sails itself. Less wind can be a tiny bit frustrating (passengers always want to go faster...), and more wind is also a pleasure but of course livelier as the wind picks up. In 20+ knots I'm usually on a reefed genoa and reefed main, so having a larger genoa wouldn't be any problem (it would be reefed down), assuming I have enough line on the roller furler. The benefit of the larger genoa would come in light winds.

Advice on the PS37 genoa (or sails generally)? Experiences?

If anyone wants to recommend a sailmaker, I'd welcome that, too -- but I think that opens a can of worms.

Many thanks.
2004 PS37
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While amidst my Airhead installation I too have been notified that my head sail needs replacing. I was fortunate enough to get my current sails for free when I was converting to rollerfurling but had been warned that they had been rolled backward and the sail had UV damage. Sure enough it tore but the tear was halted by the sacrificial material. I was hoping to recut but was told that the UV rot creeps in Dacron and the sail should be replaced. It is a shame because the rest of the sail is in nice shape. I hate when these things stack up on top of each other. Lantau, I havn't done any research yet but can you give me a price range that you've been finding? What is the proper way to go about getting prices? Should I just take my measurements and call around or should I have someone come out to my boat and take a look?
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