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Re: Researching spinnakers
A spinnaker needs to be made to fit a specific boat. Much like a tailored suit you can buy an off the shelf one, and will look ok, but a custom fit one will always look much better. The difference is that a custom spinnaker is typically only about 10-20% more than an off the shelf one.
Given the time to build and deliver a new spinnaker, I don't think there is any way you could expect to have one delivered by Christmas. My suggestion is to speak with a local sailmaker and ask him to bill you for one directly, and let him know that your husband will be coming in after Christmas to pick out what he wants. There are significant variations in size, style, color, shape, cut, ect that need to be based out and unless you can provide this to the sailmaker it won't come out the way it should.