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Posted: 13 Mar 2008 at 10:13pm
Hi Guys,

We're sailing Gandalf out of sausalito, a 1969 Yankee Dolphin 24. I'll post the hull number later-- I don't have it with me.

Anyway, two part question:

+Does anyone know the proper sail dimensions? (yes, I know I can go measure them, but thought this might be listed somewhere)

+And, is there a reliable online source for buying new ones?

Opening day is just a few weeks away...!

Thanks Nate

Posted: 14 Mar 2008 at 6:34pm
Hi Nate
The sail size info you want is on the website. Go to the Technical/Index link and then scroll down to Sail Plan and click. http://www.dolphin24.org/1497-4_Sail_Plan.html

Click on the sail plan picture to go to a larger scale and you will see the main luff and boom dimensions. Any questions email me at ronbreault@cs.com.

Regarding source, you could contact Farrar Sails, in New London, CT http://www.farrarsails.com/ and get a quote for the exact same main sail he made for Marionette, a great sail in my opinion - it is set up for an adjustable outhaul, 2 sets of reef points, a high roach and mid length (long but not full length) battens. Or go to any good, local sailmaker in your area familiar with making sails for older boats, even better, one that has made sails for Yankee of Pacific Dolphins

Ron Breault

Posted: 18 Mar 2008 at 11:15pm
Hi Nate,

I find the numbers in the picture tough to read so here goes...

Rig dimensions are as follows for the Yankee Dolphin:

I 30.8
J 9.0
P 26.8
E 11.8

"P" is the luff length of the mainsail, measured along the aft face of the mast from the top of the boom to the highest point that the mainsail can be hoisted or black band.

"E" is the foot length of the mainsail, measured along the boom from the aft face of the mast to the outermost point on the boom to which the main can be pulled or to the black band.

"I" is measured along the front of mast from the genoa halyard to the main deck. The main deck is where the deck would be if there were no deckhouse.

"J" is the base of the foretriangle measured along the deck from the headstay pin to the front of the mast.

You certainly want to verify these numbers on your boat, but they should be pretty standard. Keep in mind that these measurements are in feet only, not feet and inches (standard for most sailmakers). Example....11.8 feet is about 11 feet 10 inces.

I found these to be quite accurate on my boat. I also got these numbers e-mailed to me from S&S before this wonderful site was up and running. They were quite helpful.

Yankee Dolphin Hull # 203

Posted: 05 Apr 2008 at 3:14pm
Thanks guys, this is all really helpful information. We'll get her set up with a new set of canvas in no time.

On a related note, how does one go about selecting a sailmaker? Is it mainly word of mouth/reputation, or is there any "consumer reports" type of objective comparison?

Out here in SF, we have sailmakers like Pineapple, North Sails, and Hogin, as well as a lot more, but they all appear to be reputable companies.

Ok, enough computer...time to head out on the Bay! Forecast is for 20+ knots...

Posted: 21 May 2008 at 8:42pm
http://harkencompuspec.com has all sorts of technical info too.

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