So it is time for me to replace what the previous owner put on our boat in 2002. The Main is 840sf and the Jib
is 530sf both in a cruise
laminate, big sails
, same size expense and decision on what to do.
On designs, what kind of difference is there between these softwares the lofts use. I know the different companies talk about the races their sails
have won and their designs. Is the airfoil that different, sail shape is controlled by the sailor mostly isn't it unless bagged out/worn out. It seems to me the radial designs are cut for load on the fabrics, cross cut sails as standard. From loft to loft on design does it make enough difference on a cruising sail.
With lofts now you have choices of made in the USA or offshore
by cheaper labor. The offshore
sails are getting some good reviews
and the prices are definately better, BUT is it the workmanship there?
Now on to fabric
, there is Dacron, Hydranet and the Laminates, including the new "string" or "load path" sails. I think the later is a bit much for a cruiser, they are expensive and don't last. The laminate fabric
holds its shape better but doesn't have the lifetime of a dacron or Hydranet woven fabric.
I have been told that our boat size (11tons) and being a multihull
with the loads they present to a sail that I should go with a laminate. That is what I have now and they still have shape but they are starting to delam alot. At 11 years plus these have gone past the predicted 7-10 years I read the laminates usually get.
Thanks in advance, all comments appreciated and opinions noted.