Building a Better Cruising Sail

(published April 2017) It’s time for our semi-annual review of sail construction and material options. While most of this is well documented, an overview is handy given the bewildering variety of ways available to build a sail. In the good old days, the whole debate centered on the weight of

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Performance Cruising Sails: Who Cares?

Upgrading to laminated, composite sails will improve your boat's performance for years to come...and will be more fun to use  (published June 2013) Ask any cruising sailor what he wants in a new sail and durability and reliability will inevitably be the first things mentioned. In fact, the next words

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Composites for Cruising Sails?

Why getting sails that hold their shape longer can make the most sense  (published June 2015) I know, I know, you just want a good, durable, reliable cruising sail, and it can’t cost an arm and a leg. You’re already carrying your house around with you, so how much faster

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Downwind Sails for the Cruising Sailor

Here's what you need to know about downwind sails before you talk to your sailmaker  (published June 2014) With a little luck and patient scheduling, the majority of extended cruising miles should feature plenty of off the wind work. While standard working sails are fine when the wind is forward

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