Sail design involves two processes: first to determine the proper sail shapes for a given set of conditions such as sail plan, point of sail, wind range, sea state, and hull characteristics that will produce optimum perform­ance; and second to design the panel curvatures necessary to reproduce these chosen shapes from an elastic material on the boat. This paper discusses the various approaches to these design steps, the problems confronted and various possible solutions by offering specific cases and showing a designer's thought process.

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