Originally Posted by islandplanet
I would not waste money
on crosscut Hydranet. It has little advantage over a premium Dacron. Use the radial Hydranet. Or consider a good load path sail.
100% correct, Crosscut Hyrda-net is out performed by some of the better dacrons. However it does have greater tear resistance which is something to factor in on a cruising boat, but for the price
it is a rip off. Laminates i.e. loadpaths won't last as long as anything woven.
I'm a ex sail loft owner from NZ who is currently cruising
For your application I would recommend the hydra-net radial.
The roach on the cross cut main looks ideal, and easy to manage, just get him to do a radial version of the same sail.
The CE going forward when reefed is no problem, upwind you are partly furling
the headsail to balance the rig. as soon as you go off the wind you want the CE in the sail plan further forward to balance the boat, the further downwind you go the further forward you want it. This is why you see skiffs with huge long prods and gennakers putting the CE way forward downwind, they don't have lee helm
, it is balanced.
His radial layout is wrong in the head for square head and will cause diagonal creases.