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Old 06-05-2016, 03:36   #1
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cost of sails/rigging per area/height as size goes up?

I was told something offhand that I hoped to put some kind of more specific numbers too... basically that as the size of sails and the rigging goes up, the costs goes WAY up. Ie something with twice the area is not twice the price... but rather much more.

This makes sense to me, law of supply and demand and all, specialized manufacturing, specialized construction, etc. But what I was curious about is what the 'curve' looks like. Anecdotes are fine, just as a point of random curiousity, for the sails needed for a 40 foot long boat vs an 80 foot, 160 foot, 320 foot like some of the last windjammers. I'm just trying to get some sense of mental scale. Along with any other related factoids - if the amount of crew needed for twice the sail area was three times the manpower, or whatever so not just direct material costs but things like specialized maintenance requirements that might be needed on 100 foot mast that don't exist on a 50 foot mast or whatever.

I'm aware that more complex rigging and different performance expectations will cost different obviously, i'm curious if that just follows the same curve/whether there are rules of thumb that might exist ("twice the height ten times the cost in every way" or whatever), or if the expense and needs of certain types of rigging decouple and become unfeasibly expensive due to their basic design at some point of scaling up.
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