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PostPosted: Wed Nov 04, 2015 8:34 am 
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Is there any difference between the two mainsails other than $$$ Back in the day white was always "considered" lighter in Dacron, but was wondering if there is any difference with the Mylar?


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PostPosted: Wed Nov 04, 2015 8:41 am 
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No difference at all.


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PostPosted: Wed Nov 04, 2015 9:44 am 
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It's interesting that "back in the day," competitive racers always used plain white sails. Some of the reasons being - 1) white are the cheapest, so lest cost to change out sails every year 2) easier to hide in a fleet of white sails if you're over early at the start 3) white sails are built more consistently than multi-color or custom sails 4) multi-color sails may have inconsistent stretch from panel to panel due to material variations as compared to single color sails.

I guess with today's level of quality control, the last two reasons may no longer apply, but it seems there are a lot fewer plain white sails on the race course than there used to be.

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PostPosted: Wed Nov 04, 2015 10:12 am 
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Or not . . .
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But yes, in the 17, we seem to have developed personalities . . .
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 04, 2015 1:18 pm 
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MBounds wrote:
Or not . . .


Maybe not the case in Europe, but in North America it seems there are a lot fewer white sails at a NAC then there used to be.

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PostPosted: Wed Nov 04, 2015 3:10 pm 
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MBounds wrote:
Or not . . .


Maybe not the case in Europe, but in North America it seems there are a lot fewer white sails at a NAC then there used to be.
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That was actually from the most recent Brazilian Championship. But I agree, in North America, we've gotten away from all white sails.


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PostPosted: Wed Nov 04, 2015 6:38 pm 
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MBounds wrote:
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The picture is black-and-white!

How do we know the sails are not very light pink, or yellow for example? :?

But seriously, the main reason to go white now it the cost. White Dacron is 20-30% cheaper than colored.

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Thanks for the responses - are there color options for the 17's these days like in the photos? If so, how does one go about finding out more info?


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Thanks for the responses - are there color options for the 17's these days like in the photos? If so, how does one go about finding out more info?
Most of the colored sails in that photo are custom color patterns ordered from Hobie Cat Co. The palette is somewhat limited.

You'll need to work with a Hobie dealer to place the order, and depending on the sail production schedule, it can take some time to receive your sail.


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