Anyone else have a problem with getting their sails from Brian Hancock’s company, GreatCircle sails? (greatcirclesails.com)
I ordered sails October of 2019. He gave me an unbeatable price
for a carbon fiber/aramid string sail. A 140% Genoa
form my Baltic
51. Literally less than half price of the quotes from major lofts. I called a few of his provided references
and they were all happy with the sails he provided. Brian is a famous sailor and writes articles for major sailing publications. I gave him a substantial deposit for half the value of a sail. I measured my boat
using his instructions. I later added to the order an additional sail, a freestanding staysail. Covid hit and delayed things. That was understandable. He delivered to me a Selden furler
for the staysail in the interim. Turns out 2 other sailmakers thinks that it is undersized for a heavy weather
However, he subsequently disappeared. Didn’t respond to emails, texts, FB messenger or phone
calls. He then months later reappears and blames the contract
loft he uses. He tried to reassure me that he will get the sails made. Meanwhile, I had referred a friend to him who needed a mainsail. My friend got a cruising laminate roller furling
main which although delayed, arrived last summer, 2020. It’s well made with excellent workmanship.
Brian then disappeared again in terms of communication. We had become friends on Facebook. I was able to figure out which loft Brian was using, and contacted them early fall of 2020 to see if they were producing sails. They did not respond initially, but late November the loft reached out to me stating that Brian never gave them the deposit money
. They stated that they had started the sails for multiple customers for Brian on credit. They asked me if I had heard from Brian because he was no longer communicating with them. I have no way of verifying this, but someone else reached out to me with the same experience that I have had. They paid for half the cost and never got the sails, and Brian stopped communicating with them.
loft agreed to construct the sails for only the balance due which is more than reasonable. I’m out the shipping
which was supposed to be included and the expense of hiring a customs broker
. I tried one more time to reach out to Brian. I let him know the loft had contacted me and was willing to complete the sails. I asked him to send me the anti torsion line he had told me was in his possession for my staysail. I asked him to refund the deposit less the cost of the furler
and anti torsion line. I would forward that to the loft. I never heard back from Brian. He then unfriended me on facebook.
I received pictures of the sails in construction and forwarded the balance to the contract loft. The sails did arrive and I had them checked by a major loft in the NY metro area. They are fine. Thanks to Craig Millar who finished the sails.
I post this to see if anyone else has had the same experience. Someone else has started legal
action against him in Massachusetts