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View Poll Results: Where should I get offshore sails for one year of use
Rolly Tasker 7 41.18%
Local Loft 7 41.18%
Big Name (Doyle etc) 0 0%
Other 3 17.65%
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Re: Rolly Tasker vs US-based

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Great responses guys, but perhaps I can redirect, after all it's all about me =P

I'd be curious as to your thoughts as to my very specific context.

1. The local loft does make its own sails, employs local people, and is double the cost.
2. I only need the sails for one year cruising full time in the Caribbean. After that I'll be selling the boat (it has a set of racing sails I'll not be cruising with)
3. Because of the above, I'll be nowhere near the local sailmaker if something needs adjusting
3. We are on a budget. The $2k difference will come out of something like forgoing radar, or not taking paddle boards (I have three kids).
good specific questions

are you planning on reselling the racing sails and therefore dont want to use them?

I have seen plenty of cruiser racers that use old and semi used racing kevlar, mylar etc...sails, in fact I had a mylar jib on my crappy flexy flyer excalibur 26---did fine for over 3 years

that would save you from buying ANY sails...unless you want top $$$ on resale but racing sails on racing boats really dont add that MUCH value overall because they are often times thought of as disposible which is not always true

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Re: Rolly Tasker vs US-based

Well. I don't really want to cruise for the year with the racing sails. High tech laminates are not that durable, and can't be field-repaired.

My plan was to get a cruising sale, and then when I return, I'll have the racing sails to include in the sale inventory of sails.
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Re: Rolly Tasker vs US-based

another option is go cheap cheap like a lee sail(rolly tasker is a significant notch above lee) and or pineapple sails in the san francisco bay area

buy cheap...then use it for 1 year then take off that sail resell that sail thats "new" or 1 year old and then sell the boat with the full compliment of racing sails

just another thought?

that way you recoup some of your $$$
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Re: Rolly Tasker vs US-based

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Well. I don't really want to cruise for the year with the racing sails. High tech laminates are not that durable, and can't be field-repaired.

My plan was to get a cruising sale, and then when I return, I'll have the racing sails to include in the sale inventory of sails.
ok thats what I thought so you get top dollar for the whole package

in that case buy cheap and good value rolly tasker is absolutely fine...if you want to sell that after the cruise you can too...Im sure many people would be interested in a 1 year old rolly tasker or similar

about the local lofts I understand you completely...I think that if you do have an issue with whatever sail you end up getting that ANY reasonable loft or rigger or sail reparairer in the are you are cruising would be more than happy to help you fix anything if need be

but unless you plan on sailing hurricanes and even then I think getting a good budget sail now is a nice reasonable option...

thats just me though
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another option is go cheap cheap like a lee sail(rolly tasker is a significant notch above lee
I'm not disagreeing, but what do you base this statement on?
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Re: Rolly Tasker vs US-based

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another option is go cheap cheap like a lee sail(rolly tasker is a significant notch above lee)
I too would like some of the reasons behind this statement.

No axe to grind but have helped a couple of people bend on new sails from Lee and was impressed with the finish details on both of them. Both were exactly on spec. .

Is it the sailcloth they use?
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Re: Rolly Tasker vs US-based

FYI, Mack Sails make their sails in house, in the USA, at competitive prices with top of the line sail cloth
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Re: Rolly Tasker vs US-based

Given that you are on the east coast I wonder if it would be worth taking your chance with some used sails from Bacon. The shipping costs won't be as bad if you have items to return.

I've had great luck buying used sails for various boats, but normally do it in person so that I can check condition. I just bought one used online that was listed as never used, which made me more comfortable about it. That got me a roughly $1500-$2000 sail (you can see all of my price quotes up above) for $750, which is still half the price of RT.
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Re: Rolly Tasker vs US-based

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I too would like some of the reasons behind this statement.

No axe to grind but have helped a couple of people bend on new sails from Lee and was impressed with the finish details on both of them. Both were exactly on spec. .

Is it the sailcloth they use?
sorry thought that might of caused some responses now that I think about it...

I noticed that a lot of older boats, when I was shopping around had old lee sails, maybe they have improved a lot..but they were very thin and the stitching was not double or triple but single...also they lacked a lot of reinforcement at the grommets and stuff but again this was 10-15 years back...

I can only vouch NOW for the quality of my rolly tasker main that is at around 10 years old from the previous owner on my boat

the rolly tasker main is a heavy duty cruising main...so maybe its one of the better RT mains available when bought...cant completely be sure in any case...

I guess I should delete that post...

if lee sails look good now, then go for it...I love pineapple sails to in california...
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Re: Rolly Tasker vs US-based

Just to be curious I emailed both Lee and RT for a mainsail quote for my CS27. I asked for a loose footed main with 2 reefs and full battens. Here is the Lee quote which took less than 48 hours.



Certainly looks like a good price.

I will post the RT quote when I receive it.
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