Sails & Canvas

Gregg Knighton of Knighton Sailmakers (UK Sails) in Sarasota, Fla., checks the shape of a 150 genoa he built for an Endeavour 42. Ideally, you can work with a local sailmaker who can discuss options, take measurements before ordering a sail, and then confirm fit.

The Science of Headsails Part II

A panel of expert sailmakers offers key insight into furling jibs.

The right roller-furling headsail is as beneficial to a sailor as a good zoom lens is to a photographer. But just as the zoom lens has limits, even the best furling headsail is challenged at the extreme ends of its range. In the October 2015 issue, we explored the basic sail needs of a daysailor. For this report, the second and final in our series on headsails, we asked five professional sailmakers from around the country to weigh in on the ideal sail inventory for coastal cruising.

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