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Please suggest a sail maker in Eastern Canada

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Re: Please suggest a sail maker in Eastern Canada

How far east?

Sandy McMillan @ North Sails has locations in Lunenburg and Halifax NS - excellent work and reasonable prices.
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Re: Please suggest a sail maker in Eastern Canada

There is a sailmaker right in Kingston, Kingston Sail Loft, 60 Rideau St., Kingston, On.
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Or Genco Marine right here in Toronto - good prices on other stuff too
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Re: Please suggest a sail maker in Eastern Canada

I have used the Kingston loft for a couple of very small items and they seemed to be excellent knowlegeable people. Seeing as you live right in Kingston why not at least drive by and get a quote even if it's only for a comparison.
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Re: Please suggest a sail maker in Eastern Canada

I have been happy with K-Force Sails in Collingwood for sail repair. I've heard they make decent sails too. (hydesails.com/canada hyde@k-forcesail.com)

I've heard good things about Lee sails (Washago - Welcome to LeeSails.ca) I got a quote on new sails and it was a little high, but many of my friends use them.

Sobstad in Barrie have also been recommended. I used to use them for sail repair/service but K-Force were able to get my sails back to me more quickly (and probably a little cheaper) Sobstad Sails Barrie

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Re: Please suggest a sail maker in Eastern Canada

Well, if you want something out of Lunenburg, give Michele Stevens Sailloft a call. I've only had repairs done there but have been very satisfied.

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Re: Please suggest a sail maker in Eastern Canada

Mike

For a Canadian based marine fabrics store you can try;
JT'S Top Shop - Professional Boat Top Makers

I don't know if they sell sail cloth but I have purchased sunbrella from them in the past, excellent service.

For amateur, do it yourself, sail design try;
Sailcut

I have downloaded/installed it myself and gone so far as to trace out panels on brown paper, just for the fun of doing it. It would be worth looking into if you decide to try building one yourself.


I am with you on the attitude far too many local Kingston businesses tend to project, it gets tiring after a while. I haven't dealt with Kingston Sail Loft but plenty of other businesses here in town. Enough that my preferred method of buying locally has dimensioned quite a bit over time.

A couple of years ago I ordered a new mainsail for my Contessa 26 from Lee sails, via the Canadian rep, Bob Dryer is his name if I recall correctly. Over all I was happy with the process, a quality sail and much cheaper than locally. A few minor issues that had to be resolved but overall I was pleased with the experience. FYI you can get a cut rate if you wait until October to order. If I were to do it over again I would find a time when Kingston Sail Loft is less busy and have a serious chat with them. They do make a quality product, and I would like to have a serious discussion with a sail-maker about buying a fully batten-less mainsail, something you can't get from a mail order. With that said If that didn't work out I won't hesitate to call up Less Sails given my experience to date.

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Re: Please suggest a sail maker in Eastern Canada

Rolly Tasker Sails has two dealer in Canada. I've heard good things about their sails and have gotten very good quotes from the USA dealers. Just Google Rolly Tasker sails for more details on the sails.

Rolly Tasker Sails Canada – Montreal
Contact: Benoit Charette
Atlantis Sails
267 des Anges
Oka, Quebec Canada, J0N 1E0
Tel: (1-450) 479 1212
Email: voilesatlantis@videotron.ca
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Rolly Tasker Sails Canada – Hamilton
Contact: Wayne Gooderham
Shoreline Sails
141 Catharine Street North
Hamilton, Ontario, L8R 1J5
Canada
Tel / Fax: (647) 699 9013
Mob: (416) 518 0784
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Re: Please suggest a sail maker in Eastern Canada

Happy to help Mike, if you do go the DYI route you should consider purchasing a book/pamphlet from sailrite called; Jib sails, Their Design & Construction.

It is not a very large book but it has some useful info in it. As well they have a lot of videos relating to sail construction, both on their site and on youtube, worth watching.

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