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Just went through this process
I just went through this process. Got quotes from all the biggies and FX. FX and CD direct were the least costly, whereas Doyle was most costly for similar materials and construction. FX sails were 30 to 40% less, CD about 10% less than the lowest "local" shops.
The problem wiht FX or CD Direct is that you have to accurately measure the dimensions and specify what you want. If you're incorrect, your kind of stuck.
FX did have boat/sail dimension templates in their software, but that assumes that no mods were made to the rigging dimensions. If you know that is true, than you can safely bet that the stock dimensions would fit. If you are a 2nd or 3rd owner of your boat, that may not be the case. If you know exactly what you want and are confident making measurements of your current rig or the stock dimensions in their software, than FX or CD Direct would be OK choices.
I ultimately went with Hood Sails over the other guys because I spent a lot of time on the phone with the sales guy AND he came out an measured the rig. If the sail doesn't fit, it's their problem. They were also the cheapest of the Big Four (Doyle, North, Quantum, and Hood) and are local.
My recommendation is to find a shop that will come out and measure your boat. Even if your paying a few hundred more for this option, over the life of the sail (7 to 15 years), the added cost is nothing for this peace of mind and a sail that fits and performs on your rig.