Originally Posted by Stumble
Tri-radial are more expensive on the front end becaus they take a lot more labor to build. In exchange if they are built well they hold their shape much better, and for far longer than a crosscut. Because the weave and weight of the cloth is selected to match the loads of the sail.
Tolly, there will be a huge faction here who will insist that on a boat the size of yours, it must be a cruising laminate.
However, ours is a 46 foot mono--so a different kettle of fish
from your boat. We are moderately particular about our sails
, more so than most long term cruisers. Ten years ago, we had made a dacron tri-radial genoa
. It is probably going to be replaced later this year. I feel we've had very good use out of it, but it is beginning to show signs of having stretched. It was made in Australia
for use there, and is our light air headsail; we are careful to furl it at 20 k. apparent, often by 18. Then we switch to our staysail.
Good luck with your choice, if you're planning a circumnavigation
, you'll want sails
to handle a wide variety of conditions. On a 50 foot boat, such sails are heavy and inconvenient to change. Confer with as many sailmakers as possible.
Actually, there's one here on CF, Totem, maybe you could PM him. He does not "have a dog in the fight", as they are out cruising, but is aware of current
advances in sailcloth as well as being familiar with many types of boats.