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Local vs mail order
I like dealing with a local loft. I want someone who will come to my boat. and measure MY boat. I want them to listen to me, to understand how I use my boat, what I want to do with my boat, and then recommend a sail that is appropriate for that. Then I want them to come to my boat, and help take the old sails down, help put the new sails up, and make sure they were properly built.
I want to be able to take the sail back to them for repairs and maintenance. I want great service, so that if I have a problem during the (too short) sailing season, the sail is repaired promptly.
That's what I like to deal with the local guy. If I were more an expert on sail making, or if I had a simple requirement, like I want the fastest sails because all I care about it racing, or I wanted sails for cruising that would last 10 years, maybe then I would buy mail order sails. But I'm not.
Originally Posted by northoceanbeach
Which lofts still make sails in the USA or Canada? I'm getting sails this spring and it's one of my prime considerations.
More so than if someone will come measure. How much is that worth? I'm not understanding how that is such a big deal? You can measure yourself or hire someone for $50. So why all the emphasis on a local loft just because they come measure?
North sails is double Lee. I'm trying to understand what I get in that price. More than double Lee actually. And north sails is double north direct, which uses the same material and is probably made in the same factory. So why order from a local loft if they outsource the sailmaking? I'm just trying to understand this.
I found Kappa. They are reasonable. I need to call Doyle. Their website says they are made in the US or New Zealand which is cool.
I know of port townsend, but they wanted double north a price and can't start on it for six months! Are there any other sailmakers I'm missing?
Deep Blue C, 2002 C&C 110
Mt. Sinai, NY
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