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Old 24-09-2010, 07:47   #1
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Mack or Doyle ?

Any experience with either loft? We're looking at both, and their quotes are similarly priced. Doyle has lofts worldwide, but any decent loft can work on dacron sails, right?
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My rule is pretty simple: I want the sailmaker on my boat to do the measuring, and I want the sail delivered to the boat by the same person who measured it.

A loft that can't promise that won't get my business.
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Interesting timing for your post - at the moment I have two sails at Doyle for minor repairs. One of them needs replacing soon, so when I was at their loft looking at my sails I also looked at a sail they are building. There are a dozen other things that transpired, but I will sum it up by saying that I am severely unimpressed. Doyle is ok for repairs, but that's it for me.

I have a hank-on sail I want to modify for the roller furler and will likely take it to Mack. Hopefully others will post about their experiences with Mack as all I have heard about them so far are raving complements.
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Old 27-09-2010, 07:36   #4
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Interesting timing for your post - at the moment I have two sails at Doyle for minor repairs. One of them needs replacing soon, so when I was at their loft looking at my sails I also looked at a sail they are building. There are a dozen other things that transpired, but I will sum it up by saying that I am severely unimpressed. Doyle is ok for repairs, but that's it for me.
They have a loft in Virginia (where we are now) and in Florida (where we'll be come November), but the sails would be made at their new loft in Salem, MA. It's a pretty big facility, and quite a few of my racing buddies in Marblehead have said the loft is impressive. Of course, Robbie Doyle is from Marblehead, so there's a natural bias there. So was it a local loft you visited?

I'm still leaning towards Mack - they quoted Bainbridge Marblehead and HA cloths, and heavier weights. Might be a bit more to handle, but they should weather a circumnavigation a bit better.
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Old 27-09-2010, 08:22   #5
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Hi in my opinion Mack sails not only makes good stuff ,but their service and workmanship is excellent . I had my whole rig done in 2006 standing rigging, furling gear, genoa,main Mackpac and am very pleased still.Especially pleased with the macpac ,when you are old as i am it reefs easy I can easily handle it alone and we travel up and down the eastcoast like idiots looking for the perfect anchorage Ole
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Old 27-09-2010, 09:10   #6
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Go with Mack

They have better quality and are more personable, with better quality. Great folks to deal with. They did my spinnaker and I asked for extra;s and there was no up charge. Quality is the best.


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Beausoleil, I went to the loft in St. Pete. I just finished a lunch break - I'll send you a PM later when I have more time. See what I mean about Mack?! Nothing but raving complements.
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My rule is pretty simple: I want the sailmaker on my boat to do the measuring, and I want the sail delivered to the boat by the same person who measured it.

A loft that can't promise that won't get my business.
A rule to live (and buy) by.

Thats how I got my Dolyle 2+2 main, and Quicksilver 135.
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I've got a full set of Mack Sails. They were great to deal with, immediately took care of the two problems that came up even though one wasn't of their doing. Price was extremely competitive, nearly half what a local loft quoted me. Sails set very well and are holding up great after several thousand miles of sailing.
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Mack was my choice for a trysail. They did great work and a very fair price.
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I am currently completing a full set of sails with MACK for a 52' Kanter in Stuart Florida. Travis and Colin Mack have been very professional, very helpful. I have been in the loft many times, and the quality is exceptional. They appear to handle any issue and their prices are very competitive. I quoted with four lofts for this suit of sails and am very happy with my choice. Check back in 5 years after a circumnavigation, but I believe I am leaving the dock with an excellent set of sails.
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Old 10-09-2015, 09:54   #12
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Re: Mack or Doyle ?

Mack Sails did the original sails for my newly purchased 54 Benford custom design cutter ten years ago and went with them again for new standing and running rigging, and new blue water furling boom system as well as electronics, autopilot, etc. We have been very pleased with the service and the pricing and I would highly recommend them to anyone. Their pricing was the best and they have been very knowledgeable and helpful as we prepare for Blue water sailing
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Re: Mack or Doyle ?

Another vote for Mack. They were a bit more than offshore sails but their service was great. They will measure and install and if there's a slight problem you don't have to send the sails back to Timbuktu or wherever the other lofts get their sails made.
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Re: Mack or Doyle ?

Since this thread is five years old, I going to go out on a limb and guess.... The OP is probably sailing around now on a used set of either Mack or Doyle sails.
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Re: Mack or Doyle ?

I have got to agree with sailingmasons and vasco! I dealt with Travis for a cruisiing spinnaker with custom tack and he was great to work with. I highly recommend Mack Sails.
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