How big of a main do you have? with that cost, I am going to swag 250-300sq ft? That would be a big boy!
G'day Marty - it's 11.277m on the luff, 11.51m on the leech and 4.343m on the foot, about 0.5m roach, 3 reefs and short battens - so, around 270sq ft in your part of the world. For curiosity's sake, would you mind asking your local guy for a comparison cost + shipping? ..if it's hassle, don't worry about it.
Alex, even with exchange, 3G for a main on a 30' boat, assuming he is looking at a dacron is pricey. So am assuming it is larger than my main at 195#. But then again, my main was ~4G! But it is a string style from Ullman. I could have gotten a dacron from 1500-2500 depending upon different options etc.
The guy I went to is a one-man show who has been in the industry for decades and I bought a vectran jib for the Hartley from him years ago, so I know he makes high quality no-expense-spared sails. He did say that Dacron isn't as cheap now as it was a year or so ago and that's pushed the price up, but I'm not sure what gives there.. If he's right, given labour costs these days, ~+4G for string style is probably about right.
Alex, I'll certainly get a couple of quotes, but I'm still not sure how you compare them since it isn't exactly apples-for-apples once I talk to eg. Taskers who make them in China.
Not sure I would try to buy a main used, and cut to fit, UNLESS it was so close, or from a sister ship that was race intensely, with only say half to a whole season/year, then it might work....
That's exactly what I did to get the sail I have now. It was actually a freebie from one of the guys in the fleet who changed his rig and had this one sitting in his shed taking up space. The cloth was in good condition, but it needed a panel added to lengthen it for my rig - and that was my first mistake. I got Doyles to modify it (it was their sail) and they f$$ked the entire thing, charging me $1,000 for the priviledge.