Originally Posted by Jon Neely
Nornabiron, or anyone that has done the sailrite
kit, can you give your experience level and then how much realistic estimated time was involved in making each sail.
We have built two sails
kits. One dinghy
sail and one staysail for a larger boat. We are just about to order a third kit which will be a 110% headsail.
We had no experience in sailmaking prior to doing the first project
. As total novices we found the Sailrite videos and other videos (youtube and the like) to be very helpful. Also each kit comes complete with all materials required and a very complete and easy to follow set of instructions.
We found that each sail could be sewn together in about a day (both were fairly small projects). However the finish work (tapes, leech line, hand work, rings, and grommets.....etc) took up the remainder of the time. Average for us to finish a sail has been about 3 days each.......
There are professional sailmakers contributing to the CF. They have had excellent advice and recommend starting on a small project
to begin with. Also the type of machine used for sewing will make a difference as well.
Hope that helps...........