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Old 29-10-2010, 15:29   #1
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We're an italian family that is preparing its first ocean passage...our ISOLA BIANCA II is a cutter steel boat 46 feet and she needs a bigger yankee and a new main.
Could you suggest us a sailmaker good&cheap?
Thanks and fair winds
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You probably need to look towards Hong Kong then simply because the labour costs are so much lower.

Worth doing a good search on here.

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Could you suggest us a sailmaker good&cheap?
No.

I have had or used good sails from:

- Doyle, Quantum, NorthSails, Incidences, Hood, Neil Pryde.

I think vast majority of name lofts are very good.

Smaller companies and individuals can be just as good but you need local knowledge to tell. They are not likely to be cheaper but it is worth asking.

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Old 30-10-2010, 01:43   #4
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We're an italian family that is preparing its first ocean passage...our ISOLA BIANCA II is a cutter steel boat 46 feet and she needs a bigger yankee and a new main.
For a blue water cruisng shorthanded crew with a limited budget which is the best material for main and yankee both with roller
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Old 30-10-2010, 07:25   #5
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These short articles is worth a read:

Sail Cloth

http://www.jeckells.co.uk/sails/sail-cloth/

Our local sailmaker Lucas Sails, uses predominately Marblehead so that is likely to be our choice for our next Genoa. However it won't be cheap, which as Barnie you can have either cheap or good, not both.

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National Sails in Florida orders for Rolly Tasker in Thailand and the main they made me of heavy cloth is a great sail and was about 30% cheaper than a US sailmaker.

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And I also got excellent service from FX sails who have an excellent website.

FX Sails, Sails, Sailboat Sails, Custom Sails, Cruising Sails, Instant Online Sail Prices
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I have bought several sails over the years including a new main this year. I shoped many sources, new and used, and found Somerset sails in New York to have high quality and the best prices. They stand behind their work. They even let me return a custom made sail when I lost the boat due to a "grounding incident". Look them up on-line and speak to Martin.
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We have recently had sails made by Doyles and we are very unhappy with the service. The sails look OK, but took for ever to get made after paying half deposit 6 months in advance. Their rigging work was even worse, and had to be fixed by another rigger. I would not recommend Doyles to any one.
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Re: Sailmakers

Anyone else have experience with Somerset sails? They're advertising a new code zero on ebay that fits my boat. I know, I know, but I bought a used main on ebay a year or so ago and was very pleased with it (and the price).
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I have purchased several new sails from Somerset in Baker, NY over the last 15 years. I have never had any compliant. They once made a new sail for me and boat was wrecked by time sail was delivered to my house and even though I had put up 50% deposit they refunded all monies. Highly recommended and very competitive on price.
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This is where I ordered my new sails from

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My first 2 cruising boats were equipped with Lucas sails and I was happy with them. When I needed a new main for my last cruising boat I ordered from Lucas and was very pleased. Of course, that was when the dollar was high and the pound was low. I dont know how the price differences are now.____Grant.
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If ya know the mesurements, Give Minnys sails on line a look !! They have many almost new sails of many types, sizes and matierals. Great priceing and some at almost give away prices! I have nothing to do with them except as a very happy old customer!!
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Re: Sailmakers

If you are in the Med, I ordered my sails from UK Sails in Turkey. They have a great loft in Marmaris. The labour costs here are less than elsewhere in Europe, but they have all the UK Sails expertise.

we bought tricut radial sails from their new cruise laminate. For a couple of hundred Euro more, they will 'offshore finish' the sail, which increases the stitching, corner reinforcement, etc.

We should receive our sails in March this year, I will give some feedback on their quality then.

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