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post #18 of Old 11-17-2012
killarney_sailor
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Re: good quality sails?

Check sail prices at boat shows or at least ask for the discount when a show is on. I bought two sails from North at Annapolis several years ago and their discount was 25% while the other sailmakers were typically at 10%. The result was that North was cheaper than Tasker or Far East Sails. The sails have worked out extremely well. The assymetric does not get too much use, but the #2 has been up for considerably more than 20,000 and still seems to have decent shape. It is currently out for a second visit to the sailmaker to take care of chafed stitching and wear at the head where it goes into the foil of the furler, but that is not bad after such a long distance. It will certainly complete the circumnavigation and still be ok for coastal cruising.

After the refit we have decided to sell Ainia. We want something smaller that would be could for the light summer winds of Lake Ontario, although we plan to spend at least a couple of winters in the Caribbean before heading north.
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