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Old 07-09-2012, 05:50   #1
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coastal cruiser genoa cloth

For those of you coastal cruising, not doing week long or more off shore sailing, what sail cloth do you find works well? By 'well', a combination of performance and longevity.

We see a lot of 5 to 20 knot sailing. Rarely out very long in wind over 20k.

Genoa will likely be a 135 on a 42' sloop on a furler. No other head sail. Probably dacron; but cut and weight are open to discussion.

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Old 07-09-2012, 06:32   #2
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Re: coastal cruiser genoa cloth

I went with 8 oz dacron for my 35. After one season I am pleased with it in varying wind conditions.
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8 0z isn't too heavy in light air? is this a large genoa?
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Its a 135. Under 5 knots of wind I am motoring. Its fine in 6-8 and up.
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Re: coastal cruiser genoa cloth

I would like to "reheat" this subject. What in your opinion should be the weight of the Dakron cloth for 155% genoa on the 36-footer. The cruising/racing is on the Great Lakes with winds mostly below 20k but sometimes .... there is no choice.
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Re: coastal cruiser genoa cloth

I have just researched and purchased a new headsail - 8oz dacron for coastal and bluewater cruising longevity. There are very different qualities in dacron sailcloth so go for the best you can get from your sailmaker.
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I would like to "reheat" this subject. What in your opinion should be the weight of the Dakron cloth for 155% genoa on the 36-footer. The cruising/racing is on the Great Lakes with winds mostly below 20k but sometimes .... there is no choice.
Probably around 6.5 - 7oz. And just out of interest we did some racing in light airs with a heavy no1 about 8oz carbon cruise and it has to be a real drifter before there is any disadvantage to the heavier cloth (if you were cruising you would be motoring).
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