Join Date: Feb 2000
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I have become a big fan of Quantum Sails. I switched from North to Quantum a few years ago, and never looked back (except to see where my competition ended up).
Seriously, I have used quite a few lofts over the years and have been very impressed with Quantum's personal service and attention to details.
In terms of lthe ower cost production lofts, my experience has been that there is a huge difference between the big lofts and the small lofts. The big lofts tend to have better quality control and more sophisticated stress mapping and shaping programs. This shows up in the long term durability of the sail, as well as in having a wider wind range for any given sail.
Sails out of the cheaper production lofts do not go through the same rigourous fabric testing and inspection, and tend to have simplier, lower performing panel layouts.
In the past, when I have priced sails during the " Boat show special discount period" I have found comparatively small price differences between the lofts, and if you find that to be the case with your sail, then I would suggest that Quantum should be a no-brainer. North makes good sails, but they do not seem to want to pay attention to the individual customer and that makes a big difference if you are not buying one of thier 'stock' sails.
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Curmudgeon at Large- and rhinestone in the rough, sailing my Farr 11.6 on the Chesapeake Bay
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