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Re: Mainsail from Hell OR am I an Old Fart?

I went with a local sailmaker for my main about 2 years back after the old one ripped in a storm. Im a firm believer in local business support so he came measured had a beer on board and chewed the rag a bit. Went to pick up the sail at his shop in a detached garage. It was full of old and new sails but when I asked where is sewing machine, tools of the trade etc etc were. The response I got was " oh no, i dont MAKE the sails, I order them from Taiwan.. Yeah its WAY too pricey to have it made here!" I told him thank you for the sail but I will be purchasing my Jib elsewhere. Even the bag toted his company name with American Made Sails. Now had I known that I would have paid the extra couple hundred bucks and gone elsewhere because all he really did was come and take measurements which i could have easily done myself.

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