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Old 21-11-2014, 06:26   #1
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Where to find sails at low cost

I have previously found a site online that sold "original sails" for a lot of boats. It had for example Elvstrom sails for Bavaria at good prices. The website was oldfashioned, and apparently they suck at presenting it so that Google can index it properly, since I can't find it again. I most probably found it thrue an ad or forum post.

Anyhow; does anybody know the company and can point me in the right direction? Or any other suggestion to find really good sails at rock bottom prices. I could go for second hand, no problemo, since I don't really know how to sail anyhow (but I'm set on learning!).
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Old 21-11-2014, 06:54   #2
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MINNEY'S YACHT SURPLUS - WE MAKE BOATING AFFORDABLE

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Old 21-11-2014, 07:50   #3
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Re: Where to find sails at low cost

Bacon's in Annapolis

www.baconsails.biz
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Old 21-11-2014, 10:06   #4
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I'm in the caribbean but sails could be transported from Europe as well. The states is more if a hassle.
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Old 22-11-2014, 09:56   #5
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Re: Where to find sails at low cost

We work with China Sail Factory, what I feel is the best overseas loft for quality and price. Contact us off fourm and I can offer members some very good prices with our custom designs
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Old 22-11-2014, 10:01   #6
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Re: Where to find sails at low cost

I've purchased a few sails from Atlantic Sail Traders.

You can browse their inventory online to see if they have anything you like at a price you like.

Atlantic Sail Traders - Used sails, New sails, Sail Broker
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Old 22-11-2014, 10:32   #7
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Re: Where to find sails at low cost

Search for fareast sails. Based in Hong Kong. I have had excellent results with their work. Their web site indicated shipping anywhere.
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Old 22-11-2014, 11:06   #8
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Re: Where to find sails at low cost

I've bought a main from this site for a Catalina I had, nice sail.

www.[URL="http://thesailwarehouse.com"]thesailwarehouse.com[/URL]
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Old 22-11-2014, 15:24   #9
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Re: Where to find sails at low cost

I strongly recommend BACON Sails in Annapolis.
This year we purchased a new jib - workmanship was excellent, extra strong stiches, re-enforced head, tack and clew. Bacon has sails made in China but Bacon follows every detail. New sail took 15 days. from order to delivery

Also Bacon has a ton of used sails. Used sails are brought in by owners and Bacon helps set the price. If sail is sold, Bacon splits the revenue 60-40 with the original owner. WE bought a fantastic used spinnaker that was perfect for our Tartan 3700.
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Old 22-11-2014, 16:10   #10
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Re: Where to find sails at low cost

You say you are a novice so would defiantly suggest looking at second hand one initially. When I changed the rigging on my boat I used very cheap S/H head-sails to try out the new sail plan and make sure I liked it. Hanked head-sails can go for $1-200 so you don't have to worry if you mess up! Delivery in the Caribbean is a pain but for US stuff if you get to the US Virgin Island Fed ex will deliver at reasonable costs. If you want better quality look out for sails that are built as storm sails or heavy weather sail. If you can find one that fits these are often in very good condition as they get little use. Mains and roller reefing sails are hard to find as they are the ones used every day! Wen you are ready to know what you want and look after it upgrade to something better. For the trans-Atlantic I replaced working sails by getting a kit from Sail-right plus a sewing machine (you need a proper one). Total cost including machine was half the price of equivelent sails. This is particularly true for long range cruising or ocean sails. If you want durable sails triple stitching and hand finish including leather and heavyweight reinforcing makes a real difference but this is where the money goes up. Basically the difference in sail prices is down to labour costs. Making sails is not as hard a it seams but does take time and is a very useful skill for any sailor.

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Old 22-11-2014, 17:04   #11
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Re: Where to find sails at low cost

Years ago used order a lot from Sail Warehouse for boats in charter. Pointless to buy fancy new sails to get trashed in charter service.

http://thesailwarehouse.com/

Back then they stocked used sails too, but I don't see that on their web site now.
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Old 23-11-2014, 17:42   #12
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Re: Where to find sails at low cost

I have a quote from North Sails Direct for a custom made furling 150 genoa with Sunbrella tape for our Precision 23 for $845.

I looked up a furling genoa on Sailwarehouse.com in that same size range, and the prices run $575 to $735 range. So I could save some money, but I would have to compromise on the exact dimensions. For a couple hundred dollars, I'm not sure I care that much.
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Thanks for all good answers! I think this will work out fine. I'll start with a second hand one and maybe get a better one when I'm more aquinted with the boat.
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Their site is just an HTML rendering of a XLS so you can copy and paste the entire sheet into a excel workbook and then search, sort and filter like you would any spreadsheet.

The staff are friendly and eager to help.

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