Now that the snow is almost gone, we requested shipment of the genoa we had found online a couple of month ago.
It all started with the regular winter service of our current genoa (made by Doyle). Doyle Sails thought that it was a little too large for a transatlantic and that the material was getting tired. A backup plan was needed; we were to take 2 genoas with us (in addition to our working jib and staysail). There are numerous vendors in the US that offer endless lists of used sails. After reviewing literally hundreds of specs, we filtered out a handful of promising sails. As each one had different measurements for luff, foot and leach, we simulated them will lines and pulled these triangles up the mast to see what they would look like on Tioga. The shape we liked best, is the one we just received.
This is what the specs said:
“Catalog Number: 160-OMC2-106 Luff: 54′ 1″ Leach: 49′ 8″ Foot: 26′ 10″ Head: 0′ 0″ Price: $1295.00
ROLLER FURLING GENOA 8.5 oz TRIPLE STITCHED CRUISE LAMINATE BY DOYLE. 3/16″ LUFF TAPE FOR SLOT. PADDING BEHIND LUFF FOR ROLLER REEFING. UV DACRON SUNCOVERS ON STARBOARD SIDE OF LEECH AND FOOT. LEECH/FOOT LINES. SUNCOVERS MAY NEED REPLACING IN THE FUTURE BUT OK FOR NOW. MINOR MOLD STAIN BY THE TACK. MODERATE STAIN/SOIL. GOOD. 82 lbs”
As we have 10 days left to confirm the purchase (or return the sail), we went to the wharf early this morning (before the usual winds kick in and we would not be able to hoist a sail anymore) and checked it out.
Physically the sail is in good shape and of good quality. It fits our Alden 44 very well. However the moderate stain/soil is a lot more than we expected.