Once known as Hartley18
Join Date: Aug 2007
Location: Melbourne, Australia
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Re: Buy doyle sails
Agreed. The guys at Doyles NZ are good (they sometimes come over here to help the local guys out), but I've moved away from using Doyles here after a couple of bad experiences.
In my experience, the majority of them (including Doyles) don't cut their own cloth but get it shipped in from China (or elsewhere) to their measurements and either stitch the panels locally or, like Taskers, get the whole thing made overseas.
At the end of the day, good custom sails are a product of a good sailmaker - and the name of the company he happens to be working for this month is, at best, misleading..
"Honestly, I don't know why seamen persist in getting wrecked in some of the outlandish places they do, when they can do it in a nice place like Fiji." -- John Caldwell, "Desperate Voyage"