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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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