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Question Need an advice about buying new sail

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I need to order a new mainsail for my small and old Dufour 2800. Google shows me a lot of companies who can make a sail for me but there is difficult to choose from lot of offers with almost the same descriptions. I need a usual inexpensive dacron cruising mainsail. Please advice me a good place to order?
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My advice would be to find someone reasonably local if possible and skip the online ones. They will come out and measure your boat and make the sail to your liking. If something is wrong it's easy to get a local to fix but try getting an online company to help.

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Re: Need an advice about buying new sail

I tried to discuss with local sail masters but they ask about 1500 - 1700 eur for a new mainsail and same time online prices could be 800 - 1000 USD (620 - 770 eur). It is a big difference, this is why I look for online
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Re: Need an advice about buying new sail

It's typical for online lofts to be near 1/2 the price of local recognized outfits. After sales service and followup is always going to be a concern with them.

With a recognized design and an ASSURED standard rig (that's the tough part with older boats) I think you can do OK esp on flying sails and maybe a headsail, the fit on these isn't quite as critical as a main. If you order a main this way I think I'd trim an inch or two off the hoist and foot measurements just to be sure it won't end up too big.

Delivery times seem similar regardless of which way you go. There are also several on-line consignment lofts like Bacons or, in the US, National Sail Supply who stock used sails.. again, carefully compare measurements and you can do OK here too if budgets are very tight.
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