Beautiful cloth, traditional look, best for tender vessels.
I built a set of sails for my cat ketch rigged 15' sharpie skiff in Oct, 2014 of this cloth. The four cornered spritsail main is about 87 sqft, and the 4 cornered mizzen about 45 sqft. The color is very nice, towards a yellow cream whereas the competitors color is more on the pink side. There is a slight glossiness to the fabric which gives away its synthetic origin, but otherwise it looks like natural cotton. I am very pleased with its performance, the stiffness is a good compromise between performance, ease of furling with quiet luffing, and pleasant handling. Now for the bad part. I had intended to use 5.4 oz cloth given the size of the mainsail and the considerable sail carrying ability of the sharpie hull- this based on personal recommendation by Todd Bradshaw. When I called to order the cloth, the salesperson, while acknowledging Todd's expertise, strongly recommended the lighter 4 oz cloth based upon his personal use on a Caledonia Yawl (IIRC). Because of the price difference and his authoritative advice, I ended up using the lighter cloth.A little over 3 years later, and maybe 120 hours of use, draft in the mainsail has increased and migrated aft to the point I am now taking in seams on the vertically cut mainsail. I have seams every 12" which makes this possible, but with the sewn bolt rope and all it is a tedious process and very frustrating.I visited this website today intending to buy the 5.4 oz cloth to start over, but unfortunately it is being discontinued with only 5 yards in stock.I still regard this product highly but my advice is to understand its limitations and the compromises involved in its manufacture.