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Old 10-31-2011
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Kindsail, Not to be a wet blanket, but if you ask enough people, you'll find at least one if not more with some beef with every single loft out there. It's a tough business. Expectations on the customer's part are often ridiculously unrealistic... "why doesn't my boat crush everyone in the fleet?" Well, you still have to be a good sailor. And yes, lofts do screw up, sometimes by suggesting a material that's a step above or so what the client really needs, or suggesting a sail when the existing is just fine. What you need to do is talk to sailors in your neck of the woods who have similar boats and similar sailing goals. Who are they using? Are they happy? Then go to the loft and talk. Get bids, see where everyone is, then make a decision. Most lofts aren't out to rip you off, but some are more consistent than others in their service, and even that can be very localized. If you were out in the PNW, we could give you the lowdown on everything around here, but you're not so it's tough to give you any specific advice.
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