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There are lots of reasons why sails end up at brokers, not just because they are old. Some are new stock sails from production boats where the owner immediately upgraded from the "production" sails the boat came with. Some are from lofts where the customer failed to take delivery etc. I have had very good luck twice - one 1/2 oz. spinnaker from a consignment shop for $400 in very decent shape and a high clew 100% jib for $150 from Craigslist in nearly unused condition - both for a Columbia 43 so they are pretty big sails - the spinnaker is 1400 sq. ft. for example and would cost 4 or 5 grand new.
I would always check the brokers, local consignment shops, Craigslist etc before even considering buying new EXCEPT for a mainsail - your chance of finding a good one that will fit without some sort of unacceptable compromise seems pretty slim from my search experience. Spinnakers seem like the best bet, particularly if you're not racing because then the measurements can fluctuate 10% up or down with no ill effect - jibs and especially mains need to be much more precise.
There are tons of brokers on the web - Bacons, Minneys, Second wind, Atlantic etc.
I keep a favourites list on my computer with the best ones on it so I can search easily - you have to buy when they are available, not when you need them, like most used gear.
I, myself, personally intend to continue being outspoken and opinionated, intolerant of all fanatics, fools and ignoramuses, deeply suspicious of all those who have "found the answer" and on my bad days, downright rude.
Last edited by SloopJonB; 07-19-2011 at 12:25 PM.