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Old 21-09-2017, 01:55   #1
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DP or Challenge Code Zero sailcloth with Facnor 4500 or Karver KF5

Morning all,

I'm just ordering a 100m2 Code 0 for our new Lagoon 450, and have been given a choice of two sail materials and three furlers. I can't find any comments on either and would welcome your opinion.

DP versus Challenge - I've noticed that the fibers in the Code 0 laminate from Dimension-Polyant are closer together than those on the Challenge Sailcloth. Challenge is marketed as a racing sail fabric, both have anti-mildew but only the DP refers to UV protection.

Does anyone have experience with these sailcloths - specifically their longevity and UV resistance. The sailmaker advised against using a UV strip, and wants me to take the sail down when not in use - not very practical when we will be sailing every day.

Secondly, I have to choose between Code 0 furlers from Selden CX 25, Facnor FX 4500 and Karver KF5. Is the Selden inferior to the Facnor and Karver?

I like the Facnor system which looks very easy to use, but I also like the idea of the Karver KFH Furling Lock Swivel, although I guess you could use this independently.

Thank you in anticipation for your feedback - making these decisions is very difficult when there are so few user opinions!

Jason
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Re: DP or Challenge Code Zero sailcloth with Facnor 4500 or Karver KF5

We make a lot of this types of sails for cruising cats. These days we rarely use a laminate at all and most of the time it is light dacron in a radial layout with UV cover. But it is still advisable to drop the sail if bad weather is expected or leaving the boat for a length of time. These sails are generally refereed to as screechers on multi hulls. As most cruising cats are a bit under rigged and can carry them in stronger winds code zero laminates aren't very commonly used and definitely aren't very UV resistant. A lot of the Australian sailmakers use slightly heavier laminates which also allows the UV cover.


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Morning all,

I'm just ordering a 100m2 Code 0 for our new Lagoon 450, and have been given a choice of two sail materials and three furlers. I can't find any comments on either and would welcome your opinion.

DP versus Challenge - I've noticed that the fibers in the Code 0 laminate from Dimension-Polyant are closer together than those on the Challenge Sailcloth. Challenge is marketed as a racing sail fabric, both have anti-mildew but only the DP refers to UV protection.

Does anyone have experience with these sailcloths - specifically their longevity and UV resistance. The sailmaker advised against using a UV strip, and wants me to take the sail down when not in use - not very practical when we will be sailing every day.

Secondly, I have to choose between Code 0 furlers from Selden CX 25, Facnor FX 4500 and Karver KF5. Is the Selden inferior to the Facnor and Karver?

I like the Facnor system which looks very easy to use, but I also like the idea of the Karver KFH Furling Lock Swivel, although I guess you could use this independently.

Thank you in anticipation for your feedback - making these decisions is very difficult when there are so few user opinions!

Jason
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