I've had a Reliable / Barracuda, long machine, zig zag. Made sails
for a 60' schooner. A hundred or more bimini's, and probably as many sail covers. Not including bike covers and dinghy
for my 60' schooner about 12 years ago. Cost for five sails, a staggering $9k. Bought the machine back then for $300. Materials to make all the sails $3K. Paid myself about Six Thousand for three weeks worth of work
sailed a good 1.5 - 2 knots faster on most points of sail with the new sails. Also made new rain catcher, bimini
, foredeck awning with this machine. Was going to sell the machine when we finished, but kept it to make money
cruising. Also restitched dozens of sails for others over that period. You can see this machine at work
, dozen vids on YouTube.
Machine never broke down, never. We did wear out one motor
that we had to replace. All the maintenance
I did was lubricated it every other month. Had it professionally cleaned and lubricated twice in ten years and any adjustments made. I won't say it's better than a Sailrite
, but for half the price
, it's certainly at the top of the list.
Capt. Vince Rakstis, Ret. St.Petersburg, Fl.
PS: Don't know the folks selling this one, just thought I would throw in my 2 cents......