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Old 27-10-2012, 11:53   #1
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cruising laminate sails

My old cruising laminate sail (on my Bristol 35.5) finally gave up the ghost (12 years isn't bad) and I enjoyed the ability of the sail to keep its shape during its life. The downside to this sail was the mildew problem, probably why this type of sail is no longer made.

My sailmaker has suggested I go to a sail made of Contender sail cloth, "CDX-7" feeling it will last as long as my previous sail but not have as great a mildew problem. Try as I might I have not found many opinions concerning this material (save for the Contender website).

Has anyone used this? Opinions?
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Old 05-11-2012, 16:45   #2
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My old cruising laminate sail (on my Bristol 35.5) finally gave up the ghost (12 years isn't bad) and I enjoyed the ability of the sail to keep its shape during its life. The downside to this sail was the mildew problem, probably why this type of sail is no longer made.

My sailmaker has suggested I go to a sail made of Contender sail cloth, "CDX-7" feeling it will last as long as my previous sail but not have as great a mildew problem. Try as I might I have not found many opinions concerning this material (save for the Contender website).

Has anyone used this? Opinions?
The last two boat shows I was at had several vendors prominently displaying laminate sails. Barcelona had at least 5 of these guys, and Annapolis had at least 2 (that I saw) and probably others I didn't see.
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Re: cruising laminate sails

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My sailmaker has suggested I go to a sail made of Contender sail cloth, "CDX-7" feeling it will last as long as my previous sail but not have as great a mildew problem. Try as I might I have not found many opinions concerning this material (save for the Contender website).
CDX is a laminate. I think they call it a "cruising laminate." It's made specifically for tri-radial sails. If you're going to use a furler (you didn't mention whether this was your main or jib) you might be better off with Contender's ACL laminate. If you're going with a cross-cut sail, you might be better off with one of the laminates they make specifically for those cuts.
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Re: cruising laminate sails

Thanks, Bash. Yes, I am going to furl it. Interestingly, I was told by contender that the ACL is more for racing, however, and CDX was better for cruising with a furler. A bit confusing, indeed, and I am trying to muddle through it all.

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Thanks, Bash. Yes, I am going to furl it. Interestingly, I was told by contender that the ACL is more for racing, however, and CDX was better for cruising with a furler. A bit confusing, indeed, and I am trying to muddle through it all.

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