The jib from North Sails which was delivered as standard on the boat
wasn't the optimal sail regarding size, material and performance. The
performance was especially irritating when friends with older 370's but
with newer sails, left us behind every time we sailed together.
After reviewing the market and talking to several people the order went
to the Swedish company
Gransegel who have a loft in Stockholm. Their guidance on
materials etc. was especially valuable for us as we did not know much
about sails. Also the after sales support (plus sailing with us for
couple of hours on our boat) was great as we had the opportunity to
learn and understand the sails better, how they should be set and how to
read them in order to trim them.
The product name of the jib is "Glider" and it has two vertical
battens. The shorter one is a rigid flat batten and the longer
one is a flexible round batten which allows it to be taken out
on deck, if necessary, without having to take down the whole
sail. This batten can be easily coiled and stored under deck
which is not possible with the more rigid battens.
The cut of the jib is designed so that it will pass the running
light on the mast without any contact so no wear on the jib or
Below is a comparison of the standard jib delivered by Hanse on
top of the new jib from Gransegel. The difference is about 4-5