Originally Posted by Snore
Try Used Sails from Second Wind Sails
They have used sails and can recut to fit.
When the PO suddenly came up short a 150 Genoa, we used Second Wind as a source for a good used sail. Since they did not have one that fit in stock, they recut one. I have flown it once and looks pretty good.
Recuts are good for sailmakers cash flow but not necessarily good for the boat owner. Keep in mind there's often more money
to be made on a service
job than in selling a new sail in today's highly competitive market. Here's why the recut doesn't always go your way:
1. Take a 150% for example. We'll get someone who wants it to be a 110 or 135%. Let's say it's off a 36 or 38 Catalina
or similar. The sail was built with 6.xx cloth. Proper weight for a 110% or 135% would be 7.xx or even 8.xx. Sail is short lived as a result or fails in a blow.
2. How does the recut get accomplished? It's not as easy as you might think. To really do things right and insure the draft
position is in the right spot, can take a lot of time. At $60/ hour it can add up.
3. You're starting with a used sail. Then you're dumping hundreds of dollars into a recut. So you have a used sail that you basically overpaid for. If you really want to take shortcuts and go used, wait for one that doesn't need surgery to work.
4. You've got the used sail on the loft floor. Chances are the Sunbrella or Dacron suncover is shot. So now it's $7-9 per foot to put on a new suncover. Can it be done cheaper? Sure, just leave the old cover on and go over the top. Well that does wonders for the sail having 2 or more times the added weight on the leech and foot. And now with that added weight, let's watch the leech flutter begin.
5. Is that the right size luff tape? Add another $2-3 per foot.
6. You get your used sail with the recut on the boat. You've spent a significant percentage of the cost of a new one. Let's check the sheeting angle. Darn. Tracks don't go far enough forward or back for the sail to sheet. Well, better trot on down to West Marine
and buy some track, fasteners, and 4200. Don't forget the epoxy
because if you're going to do this job right every penetration needs to be an epoxy plug
so the core
doesn't get saturated.
Will you beat the odds and be the guy or gal who doesn't end up spending way more than they should on this compromise loosely referred to as a sail? Maybe. If not, it's been an expensive lesson.
Ultimately sails are your engine
. Why compromise the most important part of the boat?