Originally Posted by onestepcsy37
Nice looking mainsail. Hard to believe that in nearly forty years of sailing and five boats I've never owned a new mainsail.
I was a racer
for 15 years. So that's four new mains for five boats in 18 years. (2 new boats and 2 new mains)
My first boat was a Hobie 16 used for rental in Ft Walton Beach, FL. I quickly learned that a huge blown out sail was an awesome weapon racing
in 3-6 knot
winds on the lakes in Tennessee and Mississippi
, but when the breeze jump to 12 knots and up, I was done before getting to A Mark until I bought a newer boat which had an almost new mainsail and an 8 to 1 block for the mainsheet.
So when an Alberg 30
guy thought we could race
boat for boat, we had a great time until we had to go into the wind
then the race
was over. He had old sails
and usually on our course, the upwind leg was late in the day when the winds had come up.
And there was a hole in the 30-40 year old rag of a main that came with the boat so after doing the math, I figured putting $6,000 - $8,000 into this good old boat wasn't such a bad thing.
(1 of 2) came with the boat!
Here's a nicer picture. See attached.