That was when I realized they were probably the original sails--May of 1976--and just plain old worn out. Also read an article on sail trim that noted, "All else equal, newer sails win." Tanzer class association must think so too. They say, "New sails may not be purchased more than once every two years unless specifically authorized by the Chief Measurer in writing, and then only for the reason that the sail to be replaced has been destroyed or rendered unusable."
Contacted Tanzer Boat Parts*; they went to their friend Benoit (Ben) and had two beautiful sails made for #1306, a main and a jib. A Genoa is on order. When everything is done, the sails will cost more than the boat and trailer--but still quite reasonable. The workmanship and detailing are meticulous. Frankly, they should be charging a bit more. Of course the cloth feels like sheet metal compared to the old sails, and you have to think that sail cloth has probably improved a lot in the last 40 years.
We did opt for slugs on the luff of the main--prohibited by class rules. We race in a mixed Portsmouth fleet so the boat doesn't have to measure, and the slugs (and topping lift) make it way easier to get the main up quickly and clear the launch ramp dock for others.
Can't wait to get these sails in a race and see how we do; I 'll let you know. (Of course they look so nice, we will probably have to paint next--there's just no end to it--then the trailer will look crappy.
|The workmanship is beautiful--thanks Ben.|
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