Join Date: Sep 2006
Location: Yeocomico River, VA
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We replaced the genoa and main in the last year. We did quite a bit of research when we selected the sails. It is true that most sails are constructed offshore and it is true that many sailmakers are salesmen, Thus, many sailmakers will deliberately make the construction sound like a black art and way too technical for us to understand. With that in mind, most "normal" sails are relatively set in their dimensions and the person spec'ing the sail has to do very little. And we as consumers probably really don't know what a really well fit and shaped sail looks like anyway, unless we race.
I know for a fact that Evolution Sails (Easton, MD) and Mac Sails are US made. When we had our main built by Evolution, I visited the loft and watched as they installed the reef points, cunningham, etc. At the time, they were laminating a new race sail and it's a cool process. Evolution's prices were only a little more than an offshore sail but we did a lot to change sand fit the sail that I would not have been able to do as easily mail-order.
IMO, I don't care if a sail is stitched in the US. The fabric is US made and that's were the technology is. But with that said, the service from a loft that actually designed and built the sail is worth a few extra $.
Sabre 38 "Victoria"