I've found over the years that I get pretty much what I pay for in cruising sails
. Lots of people make good cruising sails
all over the world.
lasted 11 years before the dacron cloth rotted, but the stitching never failed. I still use my original genoa
for running downwind, but it is stretched out of shape and isn't good for windward sailing. After sailing downwind in the trades across the Pacific, the panels
on the genoa
were stretched. I had Simon Willis in the Bay of Islands make me a new genoa which was cut differently and did a better job of maintaining its shape in the boisterous trade
Fancy composite sails tend to have a fancy price
tag. Many of the exotic materials will give you perfect go fast shape, but the sails won't last as long. The exotic materials may not like repeated stresses in the fabric
which may break down the fabric
As a cruiser I wanted durability and affordabilitiy first, and perfect shape second. If I was a racer
with deep pockets, I would want perfect shape, and I would change my sails at least once a year.
There is no single
answer to your question. You have to decide what you want from your sails and how much you are willing to spend. When you answer those two questions, it should be easy to find someone to create what you want.