We have built several sets of gaff sails over the past four years. There are some tricks to getting them right. Getting a quote should not be that tough. Measure all fours sides of the sail. For estimating purposes you can estimate the peak and throat angles. Tanbark is salty looking but in reality any dyed cloth will cost more and have a shorter life than regular white Dacron. The reason for this is the cloth must be of a looser weave to accept the dyes and there are some differences in the manufacturing process.
Where are you located? In some parts of the country you can still find sailmakers that are adept with traditional rigs like yours.
Older wooden boats can require a tremendous amount of work and money. Although they are often cheaper than a fiberglass boat of similar size unless you can do all of your own work you may find it a lot less expensive in the long run to go with fiberglass.
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