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Dave King
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Ahoy Gerald & Cathy,
Kern Ferguson made Saraband's Main. Actually Jodene did the making, as Kern sat around eating popcorn. It has full length battens for the upper two and 1/2 length, horizontal battens for the lower two. The biggest advantage of this type main, when used on a cutter, is that it allows proper back-winding of the Main by the staysail, when the staysail is over sheeted. With a full battened Main, you can not see when the sails are not trimmed well. In addition to this, when new, the head, tack, clew and reef points were reinforced with Kevlar. This allowed for a substantial weight savings. The roach and foot length are to the max. The leach clears the backstay by 1/4".
The sail has held up extremely well. Since 90 it has made 4 round trips to Hawaii, plus trips to Mexico, New Zealand, and Alaska, plus 8 round trips between Oregon and Canada. The leach area is now just starting to fall off a bit but that can be corrected.
Good luck with your choices, Dave

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