Join Date: Jul 2000
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If you go to the boat shows, Sailcare''s booth will be surrounded by satisfied customers. After seeing their ads and seeing the commotion at Sail Expo, I decided to try it with then 23 year old sails.
After a call and discussion about repairs and a few other options, the sails were returned in a nearly unrecognizable condition. Clean and decidedly stiffer. Replaced panels and reinforcement repairs were top grade materials and techniques.
But, I learned, you cannot make a silk purse out of a sow''s ear. Within a year, the stiffness of the new panel(s) fabric was demonstrably greater than the old fabric. We started blowing the adjacent panels.
Pricing Rule of Thumb - Two Sailcare rehabs (main & jib) $700 vs $1200 for new main.
I would like to get 25 years from our new UK main and a trip to Sailcare every 5 years might help. Plus, they look so good!! But don''t expect to salvage more than a couple years of life with Sailcare.
Best, most fun boat money every spent was the new main!!! Could not believe the change in upwind performance!!