I think the knowledge and service of a local sail loft is invaluable. They
come to your boat and take measurements. Ask questions and help design a
custom sail to fit your needs. I only have Quantum in my area so... I have
Quantum sails. They are responsive and provide the personal service I'm
I had the Tides-Marine Strong track system added when I purchased my new
mainsail. I wouldn't do it any other way. It is a quality upgrade which
I strongly recommend.
You can have a sail pack made anytime but I have also been very happy with
the usefulness and ease of having a sailpack.
Get multiple quotes and take them to competing sail lofts. Have them
explain the differences between the quotes. The sail makers will recognize
the design/cost differences and the advantages/disadvantages between two
seemingly similar spec sheets. I found that despite having what I thought
should be similar spec sails they were very different prices. Once the
sail maker adjusted the designs to match, the prices were within a few
hundred dollars. The local service, adjustments, corrections, and test
sail all more than made up for the few hundred dollars difference in price.
S/V Sea Hawk
1989 C&C 37+
On Oct 13, 2016 8:56 AM, "Dave S via CnC-List" <email@example.com>
> Just received the results from the fall check-up and the local sail
> loft has diagnosed Windstar's ('85 33-2) mainsail as "beyond
> expired". Cue the Monty Python...
> The current main has two sets of reef points, (cringle at the leech
> and and ring-on-webbing-straps at the luff.)
> No telltales other than streamers off the leech.
> IIRC there may be a leech line.
> 4 partial battens battens.
> There are two cringles at the clew, one above the other, and what I
> believe is called a "shelf" of lighter weight cloth along the foot. Have
> never used this out of ignorance, but perhaps I should.
> it has a rope foot, slides on the luff.
> I will have Rolly Tasker in Thailand quote, as well as UK sails here in
> I value the 33-2's performance but most of my sailing is recreational
> sailing here on Lake Ontario. Would like to distance race but not looking
> to be ultra-competitive at the top level. Don't want to buy another
> Main for this boat in the next decade.
> Any thoughts or recommendations on a replacement, or comments on sail
> lofts? Many thanks!
> Windstar 33-2
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