Do you know that sometimes a sailmaker
is making more money
on a repair than if you were buying
a new sail? Here's why.
Margins on sails have been trending down due to increased competition and more consumer awareness. People are reading articles in Practical Sailor and discovering that one loft, that the magazine refers to as the "800 pound gorilla of modern sailmaking" is used not only by brand name sailmakers, but smaller independents like us. People are recognizing that they can get an equal or even better sail for less money
, especially if they can take their own rig measurements.
Here's the recommended decision matrix for repair versus replacement.
Take the cost of the repair and divide it by the number of season you might get out of the repaired sail. That's the cost of ownership
Now take the cost of a new sail and divide by how many seasons you expect to get out of it. That's the cost of ownership
of a new sail.
Take into consideration that your old sail will have poorer shape than a new sail resulting in the boat heeling more than it should and of course not pointing as well. If you're a cruiser planning to leave the country consider that it may be very costly to get a replacement sail, even in our neighboring country of Mexico
. A spinnaker
shipped to Puerto Vallarta
for a South Pacific
bound cruiser cost the customer about $450 more than it would have anywhere in the US or Canada
If you end up selling the boat in a few years, do you think it will be easier to sell with a newer sail, or with a patched up one?