For many years, good bargains could be had from Bacon & Associates in Annapolis
, MD by those in the eastern US. Bacon receives many sails from racing
boats, often after just a few years of use. However, the majority of sails in inventory matches the majority of boats, which generally average around 30 Ft or so.
To order sails you need the following measurements:
- length of jib
stay less 2-3 ft and perpendicular distance from clew to jib stay.
Staysail - length of staysail stay less 2-3 ft and perpendicular distance from clew to jib stay
Main - luff and foot
For mains you need to determine the amount of roach, battens or not
For foresails, battens or not, leech lines etc.
Popular boats have larger inventories of sails to choose from. Custom boats much less so.
Bacon is not the only second hand broker
of sails, there are others, and I encourage you to find them.
It is necessary for you to predetermine refit
locations when cruising. Panama
is good, HongKong excellent. New Zealand
are excellent. Florida
and New Caledonia
are good. I replaced my drifter in Papeete and also the water
closet. I got my LAVAC
in Papeete for 2/3 the US price
, for example.
and much of South America
not so good. Argentina
has a boat building industry, but it's small.
Phillippines has some boat yards, but everything is imported. Singapore
is quite good, Malasia is good.
It is necessary to make enquiries before embarking upon major work
. But bargains can be had. We hauled and primed the bottom and CB trunks in Carriacou 2 weeks on the hard
, 3 lifts a 45 ft boat for $500.
But we brought everything with us.
You can sew your own sails. We made a complete suit of 5, main two yankees and two staysails for $3000 total, including the sewing machine
, sail cloth, thread and needles. This in HongKong.
To design sails you need a copy of Marchai's book "Sail Design and Theory" and the program SailCut.
and other electronic gizmos. Nearly 3 pages was spent on this device. Certainly, if you are cruising New York
Harbor, you need it. But why bother? Long Island
, Block Island, Chesapeake Bay
, the Carolina sounds, Florida
, West Indies, South Atlantic, South Pacific
, the China
Seas, Lumbok Strait, Malacca Strait, Andaman Sea, Phillippine Sea, Indian Ocean
and other places have much less shipping
. Your AIS
broadcasts your position and heading to friend and foe alike. It lets other ship's know where you are and the pirates off Venezuela
and in the Arabian Sea too. There is absolutely no substitute for a good lookout. AIS will not tell you of the presence of fishing
boats in Asia
. They don't have electricity, much less radios, much less AIS, but they are generally strongly built boats about 35 ft long, hitting one could ruin your day. Unlit barges likewise don't have AIS, hitting one will definitely ruin your day.
It's about time we got back to discussions regarding the following:
Sailing on and off anchor
Sail design and theory
How to trim sails
Line sizes for sheets
, halyards and rodes
and there are many others..
The AIS device costs about the same as a good used sextant
. Someone quipped that sextants were too expensive, yet opined he needed AIS. First, you navigate, then you keep a sharp lookout, remembering that tonnage rules, and discretion is the better part of valor.
Here we discuss the basics. Electronics
are not part of the basics, they are luxuries.