I’m in the process of buying
for our Reinke 13m which is configured as a cutter
. I’ve been quoted similar prices for Tri-Radial with Challenge sailcloth’s Warp Drive fabric
(Dacron for tri-radial construction), or cross-cut with Challenge sailcloth’s top end Dacron Marblehead.
Initially I was leaning towards the tri-radial option for improved sail shape (and tri-radials sure do look pretty!), however the sailmaker
recommends the Marblehead cross-cut with two ply leech on the main and two ply leech and foot (Crescent cut) for the yankee jib
These will be largely used for offshore
cruising, frequently in heavy weather
(25+knots common, 40+knots regularly) and all too often upwind. So although this isn’t for racing
, upwind performance is still important to us, as is durability.
I was wondering if anyone had any thoughts on this choice (tri-radial versus premium cross-cut) and if anyone has used Warp Drive tri-radials for extended periods.