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Old 29-01-2005, 09:06   #1
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Question about prices

Can you give me a rough idea of prices for a set of sails for a small cat (33-34 feet). I don't have a clue of the range of prices to expect for a main, jib and foresail.

Also, I'd like a ballpark price to expect for new standing rigging.

And I'd like a rough estimate of what to expect for a rebuild of an older 2 cylinder Volvo motor.

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Old 30-01-2005, 03:18   #2
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very difficult to say even the range of prices for a suit of sails, because it is so dependent on the material used, the cut of the sail, and the actual sailmaker. you need to decide what use you will be making of the boat, weekend/liveaboard/racing, and what sort of performance you want - short term good performance or longer term reasonable. From this will come the cut of the sail, and the material that it is made from . Having this data you can then get quotes from a range of makers, understanding of course that the finish will vary as much as the materials. The cheap ones can take short cuts which will be fine for the first few years, and then become a real problem as you try to extend the lifetime of the sail (e.g. leach lines sewn in as an integral part of the sail, so that when they inevitably wear there way through you have a major repair)

My next sails will be long distance design, thus at least triple stitched, bi-radial design made from dacron reinforced with spectra to reduce stretch.

A good site to get a feel for design and price is at

Rigging is a bit easier cause there is less variation in design, and prices are more dependent on size of the wire, type of fitting and ease of fit. - just find local riggers and get them to quote, and also provide references of satisfied customers.
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I purchased a set of sails for my Catalina from Lee Sails and was impressed with the quality of the workmanship. If I were to buy sails again, they would be my first choice. They can be found at:

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