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Old 13-07-2012, 08:32   #1
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New Sails Florida

I am thinking of getting new sails for my Beneteau 393. I am reluctant to go with offshore sail lofts for a few reasons, cannot get a straight answer as to sailcloth, lack of service from their "brokers" and I have seen sails come in and not fit even when they were measured by their "brokers".

Can anyone recommend a loft in Florida where I can get good service. As an "absentee" owner ( I am in Toronto) I must rely on the loft to ensure that the sails fit and are ready when I get down there to go cruising.

Rick I
Toronto in summer, Bahamas in winter.
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Old 13-07-2012, 08:41   #2
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Re: New Sails Florida

Mack Sails has a pretty good reputation.

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Old 13-07-2012, 09:01   #3
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Re: New Sails Florida

+ 1 for MAck Sails....based in Stuart Florida.
When I was a boy my momma would send me down to the corner store with $1 and I would come back with 5 potatoes, 2 loaves of bread, 3 bottles of milk, a hunk of cheese, a box of tea and 6 eggs. Can't do that now, too many f**kn security cameras.
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Old 13-07-2012, 09:01   #4
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Went with jsi's sail makers. They ordered same spec material thread etc same warranty from their factory in phillipines and it cost almost half as to their in house guys make it. Sorry if it sounds "un American" but after paying taxes I couldn't afford the more expensive one.
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Old 13-07-2012, 09:09   #5
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Re: New Sails Florida

Knighton sails

Sarasota, Fl.

Knighton Sailmakers, Sarasota Florida

I was seeking a sail earlier this year and someone had posted recommending this company on an owners forum about having a non standard sized sail made. I'm on the other coast, but the owner Gregg was really helpful and responded to emails returned calls (sadly, many of the larger lofts are remiss in this regard). Great price, made in the USA, shipped promptly, sail works perfectly.

They even shipped it with a free T shirt.
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Old 13-07-2012, 09:19   #6
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Re: New Sails Florida

Another vote for Mack Sails. Never dealt with them but I own a boat similar to the OP and Mack built the fully battened main and RF genoa that came with the boat. Both sails in great shape, even after a year or two in the Carib trades.

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