Mike - I own the same exact boat and just ordered new sails. For what it’s worth Doyle Sails in Bronx NY recommended a 135 head sail and a moderate roach, two full and two partial battens main sail. I sail on the Great South Bay (Long Island) He spent a good amount of time with me explaining my options and I decided to go with his recommendation.Its about time for new sails on our 84 H34 that we use for cruising on the Chesapeake Bay. Maybe a main and a 130 Genoa for a new roller furlefuller. suggestions?
We went with North NP Tour radial laminate sails.they are lighter and thinner than Dacron. Very low stretch material was necessary due the size of the mainsail. We have been out sailing half a dozen times with the new sails. Here are my observations:
-The boat sails much faster and flatter in all conditions.
-The sail are extremely easy to trim. They seem to pop into shape automatically.
-We can now reef or furl the mainsail manually without using the winch.
-We can sail in 15 knots of apparent wind without reefing and still have good control.
-The sails are very quiet. They don’t flog noisily in light conditions.
-The leach on the mainsail doesn’t flutter like the old sail.
Before we got the new sails, we were completely overpowered in any wind over 10 knots. The old mainsail was really stretched out and couldn't be flattened. Also, the sail was a nightmare to furl. Over the span of two years, I was forced to make three trips up the mast to release jammed sail material in order to unfurl. We sometimes elected not to sail if we knew it would be windy. Not ideal for a sailboat. We are very pleased with the new sails. They are a game changer.