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    Posted: 04 July 2018 at 15:57
Hi all

I am considering upgrading my 320 to a 415. I Have a few boats that are contenders at the moment. One of them has been fitted with in mast furling and FCL radial sails. The boat is 2014 and ‘apparently ‘ lightly used. Having spoken to evelstrom the lifespan of the laminate sails is more limited and if well used these could be nearing their useful life. I like the idea of the better performance over the standard sails but what could I reasonably expect from them before I need to consider replacement.
My question for anyone with actual experience of these sails in terms of durability? How long did that last and under what conditions?

Hope the collective wisdom can help me decide.

Mike

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I have a 385 with FCL sails launched in June 2015. My usage is 3-4 months live aboard during the summer and ashore the remainder of the year. 6,000nm so far and sails still look great. I don't race and think I sail conservatively but have done several long passages with apparent winds of 30+ knots. Upwind this is about 24 kts true.
I had a very minor issue with the leech line on the jib this year but no other issues.
I am very happy with the FCL and consider them an improvement over Dacron.
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Thank you S&J. Very useful information.

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Hi we have had the FCL sails since new, so they are now 4.5 years old and over 4,500 Nm and still holding their shape well, although they are almost impossible to clean because of the number of layers of fabric.
Personally I wouldn't go for in mast furling as the performance is not so good and more importantly if it jams you could be in serious trouble. We had a main halyard break a few months ago and it was amazing to see how quickly you can get main down if you have to :)
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