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Just wanted to check with folks to see if you would recommend these folks for new sails. We need a new main and have talked with them in the past in Annapolis. Most posts about them are for sail cleaning and restoration but we do see several posts from folks who have had them make a new sail. Appreciate any input you have and/or recommendations for other sail suppliers.
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I ordered a new main from Sailcare a few years ago for a previous boat. The quality of the sail was good, considering the cost. They also did a good job refurbishing some old sails.

However I received the sails later than expected and communication on this was not as good as I hoped. I think they just assume customers do not use their boats over winter so they have all winter to work on the projects.

Subsequently wifey went to sail making school with Hasse in Port Townsend. Cheaper and faster than relying on others.

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Re: Sailcare sails

Shanedennis,
Thanks for your input. Would you buy a sail from them again? Anything special about the main they built for you? Ours has Dutchman system and some other characteristics due to shape of our mast.
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It was a few years ago, it was a main with full battens, two reef points, no flaking system for a 22 foot boat. They did a nice job on the sail. I would probably consider them again for a smaller boat, non time sensitive job. Would probably look elsewhere for our cruising boat.

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Re: Sailcare sails

FWIW, a former SailNet member and current moderator on Anything-Sailing, Craigtoo had a bad experience with Sail Care. They totally F'd up his main. I was very pleased with the repair service they provided on my main, new bolt rope, batten pockets, etc but have since been unhappy with the bolt rope coming loose and poorly designed batten pockts in which they have no way to secure them. They did offer to have me send the main back for re inspectioin but I think I'm going to do the work myself this time.

Not sure how this helps you decided on buying a new sail from them but I thought you should know. Perhaps these are isolated incidents, then again...

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While Craigtoo's sails were somehow 'shrunk', I believe he was ultimately satisfied by sailcare (compensation etc..).

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