Does anyone have any experience with sails made out of GPL LS Carbon Laminate?
I just got a quote from a local sailmaker for a #1 Genoa 47.63m2 (up from my current 41.92m2) made from 6.7oz GPL Light Skin Carbon Laminate.
From talking to the sail maker it sounds like it will be quite a durable sail that will give me good performance for many seasons.
The price of $5700 is quite acceptable especially after some of the numbers I received from other lofts.
DIMENSION-POLYANT has developed the Lite Skin® composite product to address an overlapping concern for both racers and cruisers: a light, rugged sailcloth skin for increased durability. The Lite Skin® is a sheet of random array, non-woven filaments that provides increased abrasion resistance at a minimal weight gain. The Lite Skin® is further accented with an opaque finish that virtually eliminates the traditional paneled sail appearance, delivering a sleek visual look. Lite Skin® provides specific advantages when compared to the standard film/film and taffeta products.
Hoppy - good price and good material! - my sails are from early version of this and perform amazing.. personal feeling is about 2x 3x better the dacron.... and after about 10 years in use still have a lot of life in them... you will need to be very careful when you fold the main.. in bad weather to very doable to be careful...
It sounds like the GPL LS will give me a decent performance increase and a decent life, an excellent compromise for a cruiser/racer.
$5700 aud £3300 or 3800euro sounds pretty good to me and after telling the missus the prices I've received from One Sails, North and others she seemed quite happy and will not complain when I order the sail as long as I get back to IT work and sell one of my camera lenses that I never use (crazy expensive lens I am advertising for $5700 and declined an offer of $4500)
That's a good price. This year I spend 7K € on 2 membrane sails with Technora and grey outer skin from Dacron. BTW, I really love them and will try to upload some photo's. Now idea how but I will figure that out.