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Old 09-03-2010, 15:48   #1
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How Do You Tell What Weight Sail Cloth You Have?

Well as the title suggests how do you tell?..

OK no wise cracks about cutting a squar yard out of the middel of my sails to find out either..
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Why? The sailmaker will suggest the weight. I think the actual values are marketing BS anyway...no relation to an actual weight.
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Huh??

No sense buying a sail I already own.
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There are actual weights. You could get some scraps of various weights and do a rough comparison. If the sail is old it will have lost weight and probably not look or feel like the weight it started as.
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Well...I recall my sailmaker mumbling something about a Challenge 9.18 ounce actually being something else and such but behaves like the old 9 blah blah blah.

Like I said before: Why? If you tell a sailmaker you want a light #3 genoa for boat X they will recommend the right cloth. They can guess by feel, too.
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Still, I have a book I will bring up next week. There are many variables in sailcloth, one of the least important is weight. It was written by one of your locals- "The sailmakers apprentice" He takes about 3-4 pages on the subject.
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Thanks Guys

Newt I will be out of town next week end..
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Still, I think you do this on purpose
I will be off and on for the next month. Ya telling me you will gone for a month??
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