I would recommend educating yourself as much as possible about the sail you are looking for, and then find the sailmaker
that is the best to work with. This will help create a long-term relationship with the sailmaker
and their loft, and hopefully they will build what you are looking for in the future as well. On the other hand, if price
is the only object than just go with the lowest bidder that will build what you want.
I purchase sails
from Hood Sails
in San Francisco
, Robin (loft owner), is marvelous to deal with and has built some wonderful sails for me. Prior to Robin I tried to work with North Sails - and had difficulty with North as they wouldn't listen to what I was asking for and continually tried to sell me things I didn't want. North did build some sails for me, and ultimately I was much happier working with Robin and the Hood
Things you might ask yourself - why 1.5 oz nylon? Which 1.5 oz nylon? You may be happier with AirX 0.9 rather than a 1.5 oz. How much wind
under which conditions are you planning to fly that sail in? How much performance do you want out of it? How much are you willing to spend on it? Do you want a rounder head
for running deeper, a flatter sail for reaching, an all-purpose design that is somewhere in between? Which kind of bag - suitcase or regular bag? Do you want a spinnaker
sock? Have you considered 0.75 oz body with 1.5 oz leaches - lighter sail for deep work in lighter air with stronger leaches for reaching... These are the kinds of questions you can talk through with your sailmaker of choice, and if you two hit it off well then you should get some interesting ideas back from the sailmaker and ultimately you should know what you expect the sail to do and why it will be built in a particular way.