Kenomac, I just realized that I never followed up.
We went with Mack after talking to them at the boat
show">Miami boat show in 2010. First, we replaced all our standing rigging
and our main traveler. Then we replaced our main and mizzens with 10.62 oz HA full-battened large-roached sails
, our working jib
with a 9.77 oz HA miter-cut 115% high-clew genoa, and our staysail with a 10.62 oz HA staysail, and a 1.5 oz asymmetrical cruising chute with ATN sock.
The full battens and added sail area from the extra roach on the main/mizzen and the 115% genoa really help in low winds - we typically sail at half the apparent wind
speed while broad reaching and running. And the boom-less, self-tacking staysail with a clewboard works wonders upwind.
The sails are triple-stiched, and have UHMW strips on the batten pocket ends to slip by our backstays
when tacking (we have twin backstays
on the main). Everything is high quality - the sails have stood up well the last 5 years, including two in the Bahamas
. The possible exception in quality was the MackPack sailcovers; they could have used some extra reinforcements on the jackline grommets - I need to reinforce those.
Travis Blain and Colin Mack were great to work with - they split the order over a year's timeframe to help with our budget
. They also took an undersized, almost new Forespar whisker pole someone gave us in trade
for a new, correctly sized one, and made recommendations on rerouting all the sheets
. Highly recommended!