We’ll recommend the cloth which best matches the panel layout. For example, a low aspect-ratio sail has very different stress patterns to one with a relatively longer luff.

When the luff/foot ratio exceeds 3:1, we recommend the use of high-tenacity fabrics designed specifically for minimal stretch in sails with high leech loads. Other types of commonly-used cloth cost less, which may explain why some quotations are lower than ours. But for a stable, long-lasting shape, you won’t get away with cutting corners or using inferior fabrics. That’s why we always suggest comparing quotations on a like-for-like basis.

And if there’s anything you don’t understand about the spec we suggest , please ask. We’ll be happy to explain exactly why we’ve made a particular recommendation.