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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

damn see, that looks like a great deal...and has all the bells and whistles...1 buck for a new main is not bad at all
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Re: Rolly Tasker vs US-based

I priced a new light #1 from several lofts and went with a RT sail from Derk at National Sail supply. It was a perfect fit for the boat and I ended up winning more races in light air. It is still one of my favorite sails for that boat. I also have found used sails that were worth the $ on fleeby and used sail brokers, but you may have to search for a while to find a good fit, with a sail in adequate shape.
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Re: Rolly Tasker vs US-based

Used jibs and spinnakers are easy to find but mains are tougher. Many sell the jibs and spinnakers they don't use and they are often like new or lightly used. Most use the main until it isn't worth buying.
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Re: Rolly Tasker vs US-based

Here is the quote I received from Rolly Tasker:



Forgetting the Rutgerson Batt Cars RT is $18 more expensive, although in US dollars (Lee is in Canadian funds). Lee included the battens, RT doesn't include battens. Lee delivery is to Vancouver, RT to my door (hatch?).

So while both are good prices, Lee is a bit less.

The Lee reply seemed to describe the sail in more detail than RT. The optional Batt Cars are an option from Lee, while RT told me to source Harken, Antal, or Ronstan on my own.

Based on these 2 quotes I think I would go with Lee.

Interesting getting both quotes though.
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Re: Rolly Tasker vs US-based

Brian- here are the specs for the RT Offshore sails from their website. Both sound like great sails. A good friend of mine just got a whole new set of sails for his Westsail 32 from Lee and he was really impressed with them, and he's a very knowledgeable professional captain.

Offshore - Our top-of-the-line sail for boats 38' and larger. Premium materials and hardware, triple-stitched seams, large radial corner and reef reinforcements, handsewn leather chafe protection. These are the sails used by our circumnavigating customers.

Our standard features:
- Individual Sail design
- Premium Dacron Crosscut High Aspect or Marblehead
- Seams three rows zig-zag stitching with UV stabilised thread
- Stainless steel rings reinforced with webbing and leather over webbing
- Hand sewn leather reinforcements on wear points
- Extra heavy radial patches
- Extra large or double tapes with a minimum of 2 stitching rows
- Heavy duty batten pockets with Velcro lock or tie in type
- Mainsails are constructed with alloy headboards and webbed / shackled on luff hardware
- Low stretch leech line with Clam Cleat
- Two draft stripes for visual reference of draft position
- Full rows of Tell-tales
- XL sail bag
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Re: Rolly Tasker vs US-based

Thanks jrd

I am not in the market at this time, but will be in the future. This thread spurred me to get a quote on the same sail from both Lee and RT to see the differences, as well as to compare to any local sailmaker.

Before I went ahead with either I would want to talk to the representative of each with a follow up email to confirm what I wanted. I have no doubt that they both make good sails, especially in a cruising context.

Especially since most sailmakers in north America are producing their sails offshore I think both Lee and RT are viable alternatives. The labor rates in their factories as well as the sheer volume account for their prices.

Now if money wasn't an issue I would visit Carol Hasse in Port Townsend for my sail needs. I have seen a few of her sails made for friends and they are excellent.
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Re: Rolly Tasker vs US-based

awesome thread update mitiempo

quality info...

looks like lee is hard to beat today...I wouldnt mind getting a quote for a 110 jib for my boat

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