At the time, the sail kit from Sailrite my wife made was the largest mainsail
they had ever done. They were excellent to work with first of all. Spent more than 2 hours on the phone
getting everything specified as we wanted. We order a radial sail made from a heavy cruising laminate.
The sail kit was outstanding. All the panels were number appropriately. There was a set of VERY complete instructions and design parameters. The sail came out wonderfully, The shape is still great, we are just having it cleaned now.
We only had a couple of issues. When we were measuring, we measured utilizing the then current
sail. We did not really notice at the time but that would allow the boom to rub up against the bimini
. It should have been 6 inches shorter at the leech.
At the tack and the clew there are so many layers of cloth, she could not sew through it. We were in Hollywood, Florida
at the time and the Sailrite shop they used to have in Ft Lauderdale lent us a high end machine that allowed her to complete that portion of the sail. Great Service!
We had no way to press through the tack and clew to mount the hardware
there. We took the sail to Nance and Underwood and they used their punch to go through the layers of the sail and mounted the rings. We were good friends with Roger, so he did this for us for free!
The issue with laminate is in getting them cleaned. Many places (Sail Care) won't clean them because of potiential damage to the lamanate. So just factor that in your choice of cloth.
With the machine, we saved about half the cost of most of the quotes we were getting for a new sail. It was a great expereince! They even featured my wife on the cover of one of their catalogs!