Good sailcloth for JR

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  • 20 Feb 2013 00:49
    Reply # 1212673 on 1206989
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    Thank you both for the good info.

    I think I'll go with the Odyssey III fabric, then, as the only Sur-Last I found that was cheaper was in gray - and I'm told on good authority that gray is not a good color for UV reasons.

  • 14 Feb 2013 20:11
    Reply # 1208822 on 1206989
    I can't speak for how it sets under sail or for durability yet, but I can recommend the affordability of used dacron/terylene polyester. I bought two used genoas for about $50 each and cut them up to make my panels total 30sqm. It's not very elastic (yet probably a lot more so than new), so it might be better for flat panels or boom-shelf camber, I sewed in a barrell camber so I'm expecting a lot of wrinkles. We'll see. I think the original sails were 1980s vintage, so I'm not sure how durable they will be but I can't tear them that easily. I'm sure they will be good for my experiment, I am not going offshore.

    They aren't fancy coloured but they're not white anymore either, kind of stained grey ivory. I'm curious to try some colouring options in the future. Maybe some pattern design impressions with a rusty chain, and I've heard that diluted wash of outdoor latex paint can work on dacron. Again, we'll see.


  • 13 Feb 2013 04:21
    Reply # 1207290 on 1206989
    I just had a look at the specification for Sur-last, and as far as I can see, it's interchangeable with Odyssey III. They are both coated one side, which is not ideal, but apart from that, the Sur-last should make good junk sails, as Odyssey III is doing.
  • 12 Feb 2013 20:26
    Message # 1206989
    Deleted user
    Hello all,

    Starting to plan the sail construction for my JR conversion on the Allied Princess.

    Looking for quality, affordable sailcloth.  A friend mentioned Odyssey III as a good cloth making a lot of people happy.  I found a special sale on Sur-Last 600 which was an extremely happy-making price, but I'm not familiar with the cloth.

    How would you say Sur-last 600 compares as a sailcloth, and in the $5-8/yard price, what seems to be the consensus for good cloth for the JR - not just the two I listed but others are welcome as well.  Trying to save money and still end up with a quality long lasting sail!

    Thanks very much,

     -- Daniel
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