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    Posted: 04 Jun 09 at 10:34am

I'm probably going to answer my own question, but is it worth having a window in a new sail?

What i mean is, is it likely to crack & require another new sail prematurely or are they pretty good in terms of longevity these days?

I'm not a serious racer so don't envisage changing again for a while.

I sail a Lightning368 and the boom is very low (as my head will testify!) and there is many a time that i'm looking under the boom for other boats/objects/transits etc. Banks' are the sole sailmaker (only ordered from the sole builder) and its an extra £30.... as i said, ive probably answered my own question - and personally i think i'd prefer to see where i'm going a bit easier  ....just wanted to know of anything to be aware of that might disuade me.

 

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I think that window material has come on a bit since the old days, so having a window isn't going to reduce the life of the sail. Always nice to be able to see where you are going I would agree!
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Post Options Post Options   Quote stuarthop Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 04 Jun 09 at 10:52am

I'd go for a window. If the sail is well looked after the window will last for the lifetime of the sail. if the window does get damaged most local sail makers will put a new one in for roughly £20-25.


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Post Options Post Options   Quote Captain Morgan Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 04 Jun 09 at 12:25pm

Get a window. You'll still have to duck down for a look under the boom on occasions, but it might save the odd bump (on your head or with another boat!)

£30 extra? Doesn't sound too much against the cost of a new sail, and it will last longer than you'd expect (provided that you don't capsize and put your foot through it).

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Post Options Post Options   Quote fleaberto Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 04 Jun 09 at 1:16pm
Cheers guys. Yeah, £30 against a £300+ sail (and the potential to avoid more expensive bumps) isn't a big price to pay. It was more regards longevity etc. Excellent, many thanks as always
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just be sure to get safety glass fitted.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote kanga Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 05 Jun 09 at 3:19pm
defo get a window......
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Post Options Post Options   Quote expo09 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 17 Jun 09 at 10:01am
I agree with everyone else. You should get a window. If you're a beginner like me I think it helps a lot being able to see more clearly. I don't think there's many issues with the window getting damaged anyway. 
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