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Who has had a good experience in replacing worn sails with one of the on line lofts? Some are twice as expensive as others. I don't need off shore, but just good quality, reasonably priced in land lake sails. Any experiences??
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FX sails.

I puchased a main and 150 for a catalina 27 that I've had for 3 years now. I sail them pretty hard and couldn't be happier.
I just bought a 135 last month from them and have been very happy with that one as well (though they only put 2 rows of telltales on instead of a more useful 3).

I also purchased a sailcover from them 3 years ago. It didn't fit but one phone call later, I got the correct one sent out with zero hassle and an apology.

The sails are made in florida I believe, and you can speak to people on the phone who are very knowledgeable and responsive. I believe Bill James is the guy to speak with.

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Thanks. I also sail a Catalina 27, so I guess they cut your sails correctly! That was my "other" worry!
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I purchased a new main this spring from JSI/Island Nautical. Very happy with the sail - great shape, nice construction details, fits perfectly, and good price. Main reason I went with them as they worked with me on installing the Dutchman system reusing some pieces from my old main. They build their own sails (Hyde and Doyle franchises). I would buy from them again. Here's a link.

Tampa Bay's Sail loft of choice!

There have been some good reviews here about National Sail Supply which is a Rolly Tasker dealer. Sails are made in the Far East but use high quality sailcloth from the major cloth makers. I got a quote from them but they wouldn't work with me on the installation of the Dutchman system. Their basic quote was slightly lower than JSI, but total would have been higher after I took the new sail to a local loft to have the system installed.

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A friend has a main from FX Sails and it seems pretty decent. Don't think the shape is quite as nice as my Hyde from JSI, and construction details are not quite as nicely done. Price I got from them was higher than JSI or National Sail.

With any online loft you have to take your own measurements. Download their form to see what's involved.
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I recently bought a 135% genoa from National Sail Supply for my Catalina 34. I only used it a few times before the season ended but the sail looks great and they were good to deal with. They have a Catalina section on their website so they will already have the measurements for your boat (doesn't hurt to double check of course).

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I bought new sails for my '72 Pearson 26 from . The sails were Rolly Taskers, and the rep I dealt with via email and telephone, Jim Johns, was very helpful, very quick to reply, and very knowledgeable. The sails are made very well, were a HUGE step up from what I had, and as reasonably priced as any new sails I found any where. I wouldn't hesitate to do business with them again anytime.


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I started a recent thread where several posted their experiences with discount internet lofts.

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National Sail in FL. The two roller furling sails I bought from them are excellent. I would definitely buy from them again. Rolly Tasker sails with great support.

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