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Postby Ignas de Grefte » Wed Jun 04, 2014 11:22 am


we're contemplating a new mainsail. Our current sail is still the original Elvstrome one, so it is as old as the boat (22 years). We're located in Holland, and I would like to buy a sturdy sail, that serves us another many years. At the same time, having sailed regattas in my youth, I do appreciate speed and at least some basic trimming options. Are there any experiences (negative or positive) you could share with me, as to which sailmaker, what type of cloth and cut, what type of battens etc? Is there a sailmaker 'specialising' in HR29, or very popular for this boat?

Furthermore, our (furling) genoa is younger, but still 14 years old. From a wear point of view it's still ok, but I'm not sure about the shape (it looks ok, but I don't have comparison). Would it by wise to replace it at the same time (if and when I'm able to win the lottery:)

Any advice would be highly appreciated!

kind regards,

Ignas en Madelon
(proud HR 29 sailors for already 6 weeks now)

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Re: (Main)sail

Postby Antti_DD » Wed Jun 04, 2014 6:45 pm

Hi Ignas,

I guess that Elvström is the traditional sail maker choice for HR, but of course there are plenty of good sail makers – both local and internationally well-known. For example, the main sail that came with our boat was made by Vogel & Meier, of which I hadn't heard before. I have been very pleased with the quality.

Two hints that I can give you based on our experiences with our current main sail.
1) Full-lenght battens are very useful in keeping the sail in good shape also when lowering the sail and handling it on the boom.
2) Also lazy jacks and integrated stack pack make handling the sail very easy also singlehandedly so if your boat doesn't yet have ones, it might be wise to invest in those at the same time, when renewing the main sail.
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Re: (Main)sail

Postby Martijn » Wed Jun 04, 2014 8:14 pm

Hi There Ignas, I have a fairly recently mainsail which was made by Hopman sails in Spakenburg (Holland). The quality, cut and price is good so I am satisfied at this point. If you you prefer a real high performance laminate then consider Gaastra. Please take Antti's points into consideration, they are also integrated in my sail and performing great.

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Re: (Main)sail

Postby tomblix » Sat Jun 07, 2014 7:40 am

I have fixed four full length battens on our old mainsail. It gave it a new youth - so full length is recommended.

With regard to lazy jacks and bag, I tend to consider it unnecessary. I`ve never had a bag, but I used to have jacks, but I took it away. The full length battens and relatively small and lightweight sail is easily manageable without. If you drop the sail all the way down, and starts packing from the rear, its quite easy. And I think it looks better…. So there! Different opinions - your task to chose! :)
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Re: (Main)sail

Postby Elad » Wed Oct 01, 2014 6:26 pm


I don't have their sails but I heard good feedbacks from several people.

leesails.com , I also spotted an HR few weeks ago in Leros(Greece) that had their sails but didn't have the chance to talk with the owner.

Did anyone else heard of them?


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