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Helped a friend switch out an old furling genoa on his 60' cruiser in Keppel, Singapore yesterday. We changed him to a North Sails 130% genoa which he'd had in storage for a few years that came with the boat. He's heading off for extensive cruising and has a J3 + staysail in reserve should this sail let him down. The stitching in it is still good (triple stitch), a lot of mildew, but cosmetic only. The base cloth has developed that crisp packet sound and you can feel some movement between the layers indicating de-lam. On the face of it - the outer layers look robust and in tact - it's just that it appears something has gone on in the middle where either the adhesive has gone or a base layer material has broken down within the outer layers... His dacron sails which are equivalent in age look fine - it's just this Norlam sail which is suspect. He's planning some tropical cruising, up to Langkawi, Phuket etc - and then possibly back down to Oz. Does anyone here know Norlam - how much is its construction reliant upon the material enclosed within the top layer for strength? Being a cruiser, he's not worried about perfect sail shape so performance isn't part of his decision making (within reason). My question is this; is the Norlam cloth going to be OK, or should I advise him that it is likely to let him down?