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    Ericson 26 (1987) New Main

    Hello, everyone. Hoping you're enjoying decent early spring weather. I have a 1987 Ericson 26 (IV, I believe).
    I'd like to replace the main with a good basic sail, but this time one with full battens. Any recommendations for good, reasonably priced options? Thanks in advance for any help.
    Pete

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    Have you spoken with Bill of Vermont Sailing Partners or Ed of the Doyle outlet?
    Al Frakes
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    I second that, Bill Fastiggi is a total ace and will take good care of you.
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    Lightbulb Regarding the layout...

    Sounds like you have your design in mind, but if your sailmaker suggests a 2+2 batten arrangement instead of all full battens, you should listen and consider this.

    What I refer to is having the top two battens full length, and the lower two a little longer than traditional. Works about 95% as well as full battens at stopping luffing noise and wear, and usually will not require special ($$) slugs and/or track.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Afrakes View Post
    Have you spoken with Bill of Vermont Sailing Partners or Ed of the Doyle outlet?
    I'd talk to both of them. Both of them have done well for me. Ed Trombley recently and Bill Fastiggi back in the Shore Sails days. I'm still using Bill's main which has decent shape after all of these years.
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