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another thread got me thinking: which manufacturers are considered good value sail makers? Not thinking cutting edge racing sails, not wanting the cheapest sails, just looking for a decent quality and a reasonable price. Who isn't :-)

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I purchased all three of my sails from FX sails last year and they have been great. You can see a picture of my boat on their website - second picture in their gallary:

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I found them when I was looking for a new Sunfish sail a few years ago and it also has served me well. Good luck!
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Re: good quality sails?

Thanks for the comments, this gives me some places to start learning and talking to lofts.
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Re: good quality sails?

Bought two new sails from Dirk at National Sails (Rolly Tasker) in FL and I'm very happy with them. They were both roller furling headsails, offshore specs (triple stitch, leather chafe, hand sewn cringles, heavy fabric). Dirk walked me through the measuring and it was really quite simple. They fit perfectly and sail great. The price was about 60% of local lofts quotes. Tasker makes sails for a LOT of other sail makers at their facility in Thailand.

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Re: good quality sails?

Scott Gibbs at Evolution Sails in Easton, MD makes a great sail at a very reasonable price. They also (as do most lofts) do a lot of racing sails. But their cruising sails are fast and have a great shape. I call their cruising sails "cruisers with an attitude"

I have a Bacon headsail and would not recommend it. The entry is way too fine and I've tried everything with the rig to give it more shape. I'm sending it to Evolution for modification and get some more power into it. I will praise Bacon's customer support. We had a major problem with a used sail (first and last) and they made it right with question - nearly a year after the purchase!

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Re: good quality sails?

If you want lessor cost, get the FX triradial inshore sails. Will be good for light winds, reasonably low cost, advertise on here. I have not heard of anything super bad about the sails. If you want better ones, then go to the offshore triradials. Triradials do work a bit better than panel sewn dacron in lighter winds. The triradial will also cost 1015% more than dacron. If you wan t abit better, Ullmans Cal will be on par to a bit higher than triradial, and aPentax traradial will be a bit more expensive yet, and bet better yet flir light wind venues. Of course if you want "the best" then string/load paths sails are the way to go. But figure 2-3 times as much as a panel sewn sail!

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Re: good quality sails?

One thing I don't like about FX, is that they don't show the most important photos of the sails they make. On their site, they don't have any pics looking up the center of the sail so you can check out the shape or draft position. They just show new cloth in a triangle shape. Would be nice to see the meat n' potatoes shots.

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Re: good quality sails?

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Personally, not sure that FX sails need to worry as much as some about the shape etc. as they are good lower priced sails per say from a few that I know that have them. No not as good as some, but ok.

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Check sail prices at boat shows or at least ask for the discount when a show is on. I bought two sails from North at Annapolis several years ago and their discount was 25% while the other sailmakers were typically at 10%. The result was that North was cheaper than Tasker or Far East Sails. The sails have worked out extremely well. The assymetric does not get too much use, but the #2 has been up for considerably more than 20,000 and still seems to have decent shape. It is currently out for a second visit to the sailmaker to take care of chafed stitching and wear at the head where it goes into the foil of the furler, but that is not bad after such a long distance. It will certainly complete the circumnavigation and still be ok for coastal cruising.

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ZZ,

Personally, not sure that FX sails need to worry as much as some about the shape etc. as they are good lower priced sails per say from a few that I know that have them. No not as good as some, but ok.

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FX quote for Pentext tri-radial #1 = $2282
Quantum technora string sail #1 = $1960 (shipped)

Q measures the boat and has great customer service. And they worry a lot about sail shape. Get quotes from 5 makers and try to stay local if you can. I guess my point is that every knows FX doesn't make the fastest sails, but FX doesn't seem to want to admit that. Try the big 3-4 names and I bet they can come down on the price and make it worth your wild.
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Re: good quality sails?

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I would agree that at times as mentioned above around boat shows etc, many of the big names will be down 20-30%. Ullman has a buy in sept with half down, delivery is about march for 30% off. Great way to gofrom them any how. Some others do the same. Yeah they are made in taiwan or equal......been good sails, local shop does the fixing if need be.

If one is not near a local big loft, then one needs to depend on someone like FX, or over the phone/email from whom ever! hope it works.......

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