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Old 07-04-2006, 12:16   #16
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Last fall the owners group asked if there was any interest in a group sail purchase so we might be able to have some bargaining power over quality and cost. End result: we ordered 72 sails that are now being delivered. We got the best price, best cut, best materials from a name brand manufacturer. We will likely do it again next year. This year I got a new spinnaker, next year a new main.
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Old 07-04-2006, 12:31   #17
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I'm another beleiver in using one of the larger lofts i.e North, Quantum, but only with the caviate that they have a strong local presence. Out local sailmaker measured the boat including the lead angles etc. That makes for a much better sail. We have pretty high tech sails for a cruising boat, cruising laminates, tri radial cut and the main is full battens running on Harken Battcars. Can not say enough about how pleased I am with the shape and performance that this type of sail gives. I have been using these cloths on my sails for over 10 years and they just keep getting better.

On furlers IMHO you can't go wrong with Harken, Furlex, Profurl, Shaeffer. I have had Harken [generation 1] and currently have an older Furlex. both have been great and no issues.
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I was also looking for cheaper priced sails than you normally get quoted. I found a great site a month or so back. The prices are very affordable. I contacted them because they had a new roller furling genoa, a perfect fit for my Catalina 320. The sail is brand new and made by Rolly Tasker in their Thailand factory. They have been building cruising sails for a long time.
The freight was reasonable and having checked my situation with duty etc. I ordered the sail through Paypal.
Hey Presto the sail arrived at my door within a week and what a beauty. I have since fitted it to my boat. A good looking sail and well made. I am very happy. If you are in need of a sail for your boat this year check them out The Sails Shop you may be lucky.
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Which sail cloth did they use and what sort of weight? Did you specify this or leave it up to them?

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Hi Pete, They used Challenge sail cloth and the weight is 8oz because my old set were that, although they said that they would have specified 7.5 or 8 for the specifications. They are cruising sails and I looking forward to getting another ten years of decent sailing.
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Re: New Sails

We have just been through the same process. They problem wasn't finding a good sailmaker, I am fortunate enough to be surrounded by them, but working out which sailcloth to choose. Finding the right balance between VFM and quality was a nightmare.

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