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Any recommendations for Seattle sail maker?
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Re: Recommendations for sail makers in Seattle

North sails has an office in seattle you can get your boat measured at. Noone says anything bad about north sails.

Lidgard has someone out of anacortes but they beer answer their phone.

Port townsend sailmakers are one of the few that still make all their product in the USA instead of outsourcing to Thailand.
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Re: Recommendations for sail makers in Seattle

Ballard Sails has treated me well. They made the main for my old Catalina 25. They also repaired some sails for me for a good price.

They are making a new genoa for my Pearson 28-2 right now.

I've found their pricing fair if not cheap and the guys there are pretty helpful and friendly. I like that I often see them out sailing and racing too. More and more of the local race fleet is wearing their sails.

My current Pearson sails are made by North Sails. The details aren't as good as on my Ballard sails, for instance the battens don't have tensioners and the North Sail didn't come with leech tells sewn in place. I'm sure they'd do those things when asked, but Ballard did it by default for me. I also like that Ballard Sails are sewn in Ballard, while North sails are generally made overseas.

My only minor complaint is that they did take longer than expected for my Catalina 25 main (which hurt at the time, but is a minor issue in hindsight). I'm feeling better than the Pearson 28-2 genoa will be done on schedule.

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I replaced my main and jib through Sailmakers, Sail Design, Sailmaking | Island Planet Sails | Free Sail Quotes, Sailboat Sails, Low Cost Sails. They were close to Seattle and were awesome. I saved 50% over my local shop prices. It was a bit of a chore to figure out the lingo, but in the end we were very happy.

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Re: Recommendations for sail makers in Seattle

I priced out Island Planet Sails before going with Ballard for my Catalina 25. In my case the price difference was very small. Considering that they measured my boat and sized to fit (instead of just using generic measurements) I think it was worth it.

Both were much less expensive than the price quote from North. North however was using heavier fabric than anyone else recommended and that may have driven up the cost.

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Re: Recommendations for sail makers in Seattle

I have been getting some bids and the cheapest by far so far is Lee sails of Hong Kong and Vancouver BC. I have a friend who is very happy with the sails he bought from them. Does anyone else have experience with Lee sails?
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Re: Recommendations for sail makers in Seattle

Ballard Sails is good and great guys.

You might also call Scott Rush at Neil Pride Sails, 206-719-8436.
Scott did some sails for a custom project of mine and the sails were very good and at an attractive price. Scott knows his stuff and has been in business for a long time.

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Re: Recommendations for sail makers in Seattle

There are many many threads on Lee sails. They sound like decent budget sails, but I don't think they'll be as nice as what you'd get from a better loft.

If budget is a major concern you should also look at used sails. It's annoying (but understandable) that Second Wave is reducing their used sail department, but there are still good online sources. All but one of the used sails that I've bought have been about 20-30% of new price and have had extremely light use.

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