Originally Posted by islandplanet
We ship stuff to NZ fairly often because prices are dramatically more there. More and more Kiwi sailors are ordering from suppliers here in the US. It doesn't cost that much to build the anti-torsion rope into the sail when you're doing a new sail. We do those all the time. Depending on the luff shape of the sail, you might need a separate anti-torque rope.
I'm not sure what you ship because I have never seen a one of your sails
in NZ. The local NZ market is actually fairly well covered regarding sails. Auckland
city alone has 10 sailmaking company's ranging from top end who's designers who have Americas cup and VOR wins on their CVs. To imported sails from Asia
serviced by small lofts to locally made budget
sails with cheap
cloth and hardware
. The big lofts are exporting 80% of the sails they make.
Kiwis are buying
a lot of chandlerly items from the US, electronics
etc. Anything that is imported in NZ seems to have to go thru at least a couple of wholesalers, maybe one in Australia
on the way.... and low volume high freight etc etc.