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I agree with Giuletta as most any sailmaker can meet your needs. We also have a Quantum A sail. It's a Code Zero style that is made very flat out of a combination of weights of Pin Stripe fabric. It's a great sail!
For how you described your needs, cruising only and with this being the only A sail you will have aboard, a pre-made sail from North, or any other reputable maker out there designed according to the advice you are getting will be great. If you can find a premade all purpose sail close to the dimensions you settle on, you will save a great deal over a custom made one. Last, let me suggest that you consider a spinnaker sock or furling system like Giuletta uses which will make using the sail even more attractive.
If you are doing what most cruisers do, and some racers these days with sport boats, you will roll up the headsail on the furler before setting, or shortly after setting the A sail. If this is how you will be using the sail, consider a sock. You can research these as well as the sail designs on all the major sailmaker sites. Another item to consider is a strap that will allow you to attach the tack of the sail around your furled headsail. The strap is unnecesary at deep sailing angles but is a nice sthing to have in closer angles. You may consider asking for quotes on the sail, sock and strap at the same time as some offer packages. In the past North Direct offered these packages as well as including a pair of sheets. It has been a couple of years so I do not know if any of the sailmakers are offering similar packages today. Finally, consider how you will be running the tack line. It would be nice to have the tack set outside, in front of, the bow pulpit. Depending on your bow setup and if you have, and how strong your anchor roller is, you may be able to attach a block at the end of the anchor roller. Sometimes these are not built too strongly and are engineered to take downward force and not the upward force the tack block will put on them. We use the anchor roller in light air, broad reaching but switch to a solid Wichard padeye through bolted to the deck, inside the pulpit in heavier air or closer angles.