Originally Posted by hellosailor
Don't be afraid to ask a local loft to come out, look at your sails and give you a quote for your boat, if there are any lofts around. Or, to take them in and ask "Are these still any good?" because sometimes they DO get business that way. It is their chance to prove that they can do better than a mail-order house--and sometimes they can.
Don't be surprised for them to tell you that, yes, your sails are blown out and worn.
No problem with that. I expect you know your sails are worn and blown out.
The sail guy will be right, but he also may be calibrated to racing
guys who mostly change sails every year and the top guys change sails every regatta!
What you really want to know is how long you can go with mediocre sail performance before they blow out.
My point is that it is important for you to be able to communicate with your sail guy, tell him what you want to do, what your expectations are and have him listen to you and provide professional feedback tailored to your needs.