Sail revo­lu­tion

Practical Boat Owner - - Letters - Sam Lon­g­ley, by email

Thank you for Ian Brown’s advice on which sail­cloth would suit me and my sail­ing plans aboard my Hanse 311 (PBO Septem­ber 2018). I do cruise sin­gle-handed but rac­ing with crew starts in earnest next year as I didn’t man­age to get my rat­ing sorted in time for this sea­son.

I’ve had my boat for 15 years and have just bought my third main­sail. This re­places a Hyde Mar­ble­head rac­ing sail, which is still OK as it is only five years old, but I wanted bet­ter.

Fol­low­ing dis­cus­sion with Hyde I chose a ra­dial cut sail made from a fabric called Fi­bre­con. It cost £3,800 – so a step above mid-range – but it is beau­ti­ful and re­sponds well to ad­just­ments.

I’m also on my fifth jib, a fairly heavy cruis­ing lam­i­nate by Ul­ti­mate, cho­sen be­cause of the com­pany’s suc­cess de­sign­ing blade sails for J-boats.

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