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Re: Cost of new sails

Although some sails are made in the USA many are made in Taiwan or China. Some US suppliers buy in 'part complete' and sew in an eyelet or two and add their label. Buying direct from China is often a good deal cheaper.

On a production boat they are likely to have the measurements on record BUT DOUBLE CHECK.

A local loft is the most likely to give you the least hassle but not always.
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Re: Cost of new sails

So how do you buy direct from China, if you are so inclined? Who are the "good" Chinese lofts?
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Re: Cost of new sails

Find a good local sailmaker who still makes them in house. My experience was that the price quoted for me was not much more than the mail order lofts. If I need a repair, he'll do it for free (within reason!). I get a free check and tune-up of the sails every year. He was easy to work with, and I got all the features I wanted and some nice touches of his own.

There is no substitute for having the sailmaker come and measure the boat, and seeing it for himself.

Cheaping-out on sails is not worth it.
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Re: Cost of new sails

Remember you get what you pay for. Make sure you compare apples to apples.

That the cost of the mail order sail doesn't include fitting and any customer service and try and deal with a problem. There are numerous posts.

Our Quantum sails were made in South Africa. They were fitted and adjusted and the detail work done by out local Annapolis Quantum sail loft.
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Re: Cost of new sails

Check out Lee Sails of Hong Kong Established in 1947.

You can get an online quote.

Was involved in a mainsail purchase from Lee for a boat in Grenada a couple of years ago. Delivered when they said and it fitted.
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Don't assume you are going to save by buying mail order, get quotes. You might be surprised, I was.
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Re: Cost of new sails

Greg, I'd guess a very rough five grand and that you could easily spend less, or twice that much.

"Sails" will be cheaper than heavily constructred "offshore" sails, designed for three years of daily use in steady winds. And cheaper than racing sails made from exotic materials by presitigious lofts.

The cut of the sails, the fabric, big differences and the options (reefing points, window in genny, reinforcing) won't wag the dog when all is said and done as much as the lazy jacks probably will. Your best bet is to get some quotes, but tell the loft where and how you plan to use the boat, the anticipated wind range, etc., and see what they suggest back to you.

At this point you are coming into busy season, pre-launch, so lead times get longer and prices go up to match every week.
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