Originally Posted by sailabroad
"A reasonably well-treated woven polyester sail that has been maintained regularly will last 3500-4000 hours."
I think we need a definition of "last."
I estimate the mechanical condition of the sail (tears, rips, UV deterioration) is much longer than sail "shape/performance."
For performance - A top racer
will replace the sails
for each regatta
. A "serious" racer
each season. most of us flung what we brung.
Rich cruisers probably replace based on some personal balance blend of deterioration and performance.
"Economy" cruising sails are pretty much used until there is more patching than original sail - LOL
There are lots of ways to abuse a sail. Using it is one. Not using it and storing on the boom/furler is another.
Originally Posted by Stumble
That actually sounds overly optomistic to me. Unless you are rincing the sail off with fresh water after every use, drying it, and storing it in air conditioning.
Damn - Aircon and watermaker
needed for the boat. To be used only by the sails not master or crew...
For reference as a weekend warrior I estimate we put on 400-500 hours a year. based on the "serviceable" condition of our 9 y/o mainsail
I reckon that 3600-4300 is about right.
I admit sail abuse as it only gets fresh water "washed/scrubbed/rinsed" at haulout. It lives its life in the boom cover.