I pulled four different quotes for headsails yesterday. I wish I could provide you an apples to apples comparison of the various lofts prices, but no one designer would ever give me quite what I was asking for. Even worse, they often had their own ideas about what I needed and varied wildly from the quotes I was requesting.
Jargo came with two headsails, a great big 150% genoa and a 90% jib. Neither sail was really designed for a furler and both have quite a bit of age on them. I was planning on using the 150% as my primary and as such took it down to get a couple of patches put on and have the sun cover replaced. While it was in the shop I flew the 90% jib and used this sail all the way down to South Padre Island and back. What I found surprised me.
It’s no secret I single hand a lot. Smaller sails are easier to handle. I finally put the big 150% back on after Ike and went sailing this weekend. What a pain in the ass. As a result, I’ve decided to replace the 90% with a true, brand new, 100% jib with a high clew and use this new sail as my primary. I might lose a little bit of speed in lighter airs, but not wearing myself out should more than make up for it. Of the sail lofts I’ve spoken to Cameron Sails seemed to understand best what I was about and the owner should be on the boat shortly to take measurements for the new jib.
Jargo is after all a sailboat. If I am going cruising don’t you think I ought to put at least one brand spanking new sail on her?
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