Sail Questions - a lot has changed !
Been out of sailing my Scot for almost 10 years! I need/want new sails and 'a lot' has changed over the years! I'd like some advice.
I believe my boat has a loose rig... Not sure. How can I tell ?
My sails were early 90's Schurr, Day Sailors with a reef - I used the reef a lot ! They and the boat were trashed in a squall. I'm just finishing the repairs. I single-hand sail in a moderate to more than moderate ocean breeze ( 10-20 kts ) w/ a variable sea chop from flat to 2' w/ boat and ferry wakes thrown in for good measure.
I have looked into Intensity sails due to their price (total-$500) and from what I can tell - quality, but understand that they are a 'race cut' - with no option for a loose cut. What does that mean ? North, Scurr, Guss etc all very pricey ! I would consider repairing an older set of sails before I part with the $ right now.
What is a loose, snug, tight fit ? Does it refer to the rig or the sails ? Does it refer to the jib and main ? What is an AP sail ?
I don't see myself racing as much as cruising around. Speed, Durability and Quality are of equal importance. A reef is a definite.
What do you recommend ?