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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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