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Old 24-10-2012, 15:12   #76
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Re: Cost of sails

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What a difference, however, if the boat was custom built for your boat and your style of sailing.
I'm sure that was a typo. A sail custom-built for your boat is ideal but I'm sure we are all not perfectionists that sail within perfect parameters? Even "racers" are not that good?
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Old 24-10-2012, 15:17   #77
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I suggest you visit a sail show and visit the sailmaker's booths. Chicago in the spring, Annapolis, Miami, SanDeago, others? They will show you the variety of sail materials and explain the differences in performace and durability. If you shop by price alone, you may find the shape gone in a season or two.

Also see if your local sailmakers care to visit your boat and make a proposal. If you only want to duplicate an existiong sail then you can ealily provide measurements and look for quotes on line.

I also would consider used. Many racers dump their sails after only a season or two. Do a search for the various used sail sources.
All fair comment there. I just wonder about "racers" sails. As an intended cruise/live-aboard vessel I am inclined to avoid ex racing sails. They are prepared/designed to perform short-term and are unlikely to last the long-run. Maybe I am wrong but logic tells me to rather go for a heavy duty Dacron?
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Old 24-10-2012, 15:28   #78
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Re: Cost of sails

the new style racing sails i have seen are kevlar and mylar. i have had bags made of this so i can see how it would hold up--it doesnt. after the teams have used them up,mebbe 2 more or 3 more years, and pricing isn't low enough to make that work.
bedsheets--a good idea--but they may not be worthy of 50+ kts for long...could blow out fast, like a blue tarp.....
when new boats come with north triple stitched sails and the new owner wishes to get new--hell i will gladly spend my hard gained dough on the old ones.
if a sail blows out at sea--there is something on board that is usable to make a jury rigged one--plastic tarp, bedsheets, anything to get you to a place where there is a loft or a sewing machine.
even your boat cover is usable.
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I know there are many types of sails out there, many different sizes etc etc.

I am just trying to get an idea of a budgetary cost to make if a sail has to be replaced. Is there anyone who has recent experience of sail replacing in the 44 foot to 50 foot range monohull sloop. One to be used for cruising/liveaboard around the Caribbean/USA East Coast, thanks.
check out www.thesailsshop.com good quality Rolly Tasker sails at excellent discount prices
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I know there are many types of sails out there, many different sizes etc etc.

I am just trying to get an idea of a budgetary cost to make if a sail has to be replaced. Is there anyone who has recent experience of sail replacing in the 44 foot to 50 foot range monohull sloop. One to be used for cruising/liveaboard around the Caribbean/USA East Coast, thanks.
check www.thesailsshop.com
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Thanks for the links, I have bookmarked the link.
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