A mainsail faces any things and when it has served you for a longer period, and there is a limit has been crossed for patches, repairs, re-stichings and tune-ups, it is obvious to consider buying a new one. But, getting a new mainsail for sail is not a simple thing and this purchase involves many choices and many related factors such as type of boat (racer or cruiser), sailing area (coastal, inshore or blue water)and your performance level (hobby, racer, amateur or adventurous). Here are some sail selection factors to be taken into account while purchasing a new mainsail.
While usually the older mainsails are usually Dacron made, but at present polyester is the best choice that provides the best balance of price, longevity and performance. For the extreme performance you can go with premium grade polyester (Dimension 360 AP-MTO 88.4 ounce) that is regarded as bulletproof and virtually maintenance. Because of tight weave it is enriched with nice shape retention and fine performance on different wind ranges.
Corners, clews and eyes
There are different opinions over corners, clews and eyes. Some prefer hand stitched elements at the corners and clews as it serves better in spreading the loads and can be easily repaired by the owner at the sea. But there are some others who prefer the stainless steel or aluminum headboard and pressed eyes. Both the methods are equally efficient and working well.
At the time of looking at main sail for sale it is essential to know that what type of battens will be used he There are two types of batten banters, namely full length battens and two partial battens. Both have their own specific pros and cons. You can choose anyone as per your own preference and suggested by your local sailing expert.
Reef PointsWhen the batten style is decided, next thing is to determine the number and position of the reef rows to support the main sails to deal with heavier winds. Usually there are three reef points in a main to be adjusted according to situations, but the first two reefs are mainly and mostly used under the general circumstances.