Perception still has the same sails she first hoisted after her 1985 launch in Half Moon Bay. When Michigan Challenge acquired her in 2017, her sails showed many previous repairs from her years sailing on the East Coast. After 2 years of sailing on the Great Lakes and hundreds of dollars in repairs, we’ve even sewn up a few rips ourselves to save money. Her sail covers had deteriorated and were unusable and, because of UV damage to sails, only contributed to the problem.
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