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post #21 of 24 Old 09-29-2009
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Late to join this thread but I'll throw out a recommendation for Rolly Tasker sails. I ordered two new furling sails last spring and I am very impressed with the quality and fit. I ordered them from National Sail Supply in Florida. Dirk at NSS was very helpful and thorough in walking me through the measuring process and all the details. I compared the features of the sails (cloth, stitching, etc) to the local lofts and just couldn't justify the huge increase in price (50% to +300% more). I ordered the offshore sails with triple stitching, foam luff, leather chafe protection, hand stitching, 8 oz. fabric and have one season on them now and I'm very happy with their performance. I wouldn't think twice about ordering from them again. I have not ordered a main from them but I would if I needed one. Just my two cents, not affiliated etc.

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I've used National Sail Supply representing Rolly Tasker for a light #1 and also recommend Pineapple out in Oakland California. Kame makes a mean set of sails for racing. "Powered by Pinapples"....
The importance of correct measurement is paramount, but you can do it as well as having someone from a loft do it... You have to measure and include mast rake, mast bend, all info...
A lot of big name lots will batch process sails at off shore factories for class sails like Catalina 22's etc... where the individual boat may have more rake or mast bend than what the stock sail was intended for.

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Consider checking out the Seattle boat show for deals on new sails. I think any local sailmaker can go over your sails and reliably do any needed work. I've had good luck with buying used sails online. There are several distributors and it helps to know exactly what you're looking for and the new cost. At Bacon's website you can get the specs for you boat.
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Durability of NorLam

To those with NorLam genoas, have you been satisfied? How is the sail olding it's shape over time? I've heard mylar sails shrink and the leech will cup and that they can have mold problems.

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