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07-08-2013 08:35 AM
killarney_sailor
Re: Is there a professional sailmaker on this forum?

Don't know the technical description, but the cut is very simple with parallel panels. It does not have the obvious signs of reinforcement that you see on many sails but obviously the sail is very strong so the cloth itself seems to be the secret. Certainly we have not babied the sail and frequently reef the main to help the balance with the Monitor, think 5 and a half reefs.
07-07-2013 07:20 PM
capta
Re: Is there a professional sailmaker on this forum?

Quote:
Originally Posted by killarney_sailor View Post
We have a Hood main furler and a Hood sail that has worked out tremendously for us. The sail was far from new when we bought the boat but looked like it still had some life in it. We thought we would get a new sail in a year or so. That was 30,000 miles ago and the sail is still ok with only two repairs for chafe issues. I know that Hood has a good reputation for polyester sail cloth and I am a believer.
Thanks for the replies.
We also have the Hood in mast furling system.
I definitely do not want a heavier than necessary sail and I have indeed kept in mind that there is a finite space to roll it up into.
killarney_sailor; What cut is the sail? That is what I think will make or break the next main sail we buy.
I really wish I was somewhere where we had a choice of sail makers, but here in the West Indies, I think I'm going to have to detail my exact specifications, rather than rely on their talents.
This is my second experience with HR and I must say I'm less than impressed. My last experience, in Charleston, after delivering a new suit of sails to an 84' schooner, they sped off, never once seeing their sails in use.
I wish Peter Sutter was still building sails (in SF Bay area), he was a master sail maker and a true gentleman; I doubt he ever built a sail he didn't sail with the first time it was used.
07-07-2013 06:46 PM
killarney_sailor
Re: Is there a professional sailmaker on this forum?

We have a Hood main furler and a Hood sail that has worked out tremendously for us. The sail was far from new when we bought the boat but looked like it still had some life in it. We thought we would get a new sail in a year or so. That was 30,000 miles ago and the sail is still ok with only two repairs for chafe issues. I know that Hood has a good reputation for polyester sail cloth and I am a believer.
07-07-2013 05:01 PM
FarCry
Re: Is there a professional sailmaker on this forum?

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Originally Posted by Irunbird View Post
Yeah, I would *think* a decent sailmaker wouldn't make that mistake... I'm sure you can't assume too much these days, but dacron comes in a multitude of thicknesses, and the main thing I would expect a boat owner to furnish the sailmaker with would be brand/model of furler so they know how to make the thing fit.
Yes I agree. Clearly there are advantages to having a local sailmaker involved in the process rather than saving a buck and ordering online! Fortunately the owner has a stupidly large amount of disposable income and didn't seem to care very much when things didn't work out very well...
07-07-2013 04:58 PM
FarCry
Re: Is there a professional sailmaker on this forum?

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Originally Posted by Liquorice View Post
...and the outhaul controls draft depth, not sail shape. It's not a substitute for the mainsheet. This might contribute to your premature mainsail delamination if the sail has been flogging a lot. The clew should be sliding close along your boom on a slug or track.
I suspect you might need a little help with sail trim.
Aren't sail chord depth and draft what sail shape is?

On many modern Bene, Jeanneaus and Hunters, the track on the boom doesn't extend all the way to the mast. When heavily reefed, there is a pretty big gap between the boom and the clew. I do not know why they are engineered that way.
07-07-2013 04:55 PM
TejasSailer
Re: Is there a professional sailmaker on this forum?

Sailrite has a sailmaking forum that might be another forum to ask your question.

Sailrite Forum
07-07-2013 04:55 PM
Irunbird
Re: Is there a professional sailmaker on this forum?

Yeah, I would *think* a decent sailmaker wouldn't make that mistake... I'm sure you can't assume too much these days, but dacron comes in a multitude of thicknesses, and the main thing I would expect a boat owner to furnish the sailmaker with would be brand/model of furler so they know how to make the thing fit.
07-07-2013 04:45 PM
FarCry
Re: Is there a professional sailmaker on this forum?

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Originally Posted by Irunbird View Post
Sorry if I misunderstand your question, Capta- but why not just a plain old heavy dacron sail from someone like Rolly Tasker? I'm sure they make sails for rolling furlers. I frequently use Quantum, and they can be competitive if you give them quotes from other sailmakers, and I know for sure Quantum can make a main for your boat. I could not imagine using a tape drive main for a cruising ketch.. just makes no sense.
I'm not a sail maker but spend a lot of time sailing on a variety of boats with inmast furling mains. One issue that I've witnessed was an owner whose request was similar to your comment, "give me really heavy dacron sail that won't fall apart in a blow". The sail was made and upon trying to install the sail a problem appeared immediately.... the new sail material was much thicker and there wasn't quite enough room left in the mast to roll it all the way in!!! The sail had also been ordered with vertical battens. Once the battens were pulled out, it would just roll in, barely. Many errors were made in the process, I hope nobody else makes the same ones in the future...
07-07-2013 03:14 PM
kunkwriter
Re: Is there a professional sailmaker on this forum?

Don't know that I can provide any info beyond what you know, but spent some time talking to sail makers at the strictly sail show in Oakland recently. I'm having Lee Sails do a jib and stay for my furlings. I spoke with all the big makers and these guys at Lee knew my boat as well, or better. Their quote was half of what Doyle and Quantum quoted me, and still less than Hong Kong Sail after shipping. I've always used North Sails in the past, but price wise, they were a couple thousand more as well for same material and stitching.
07-07-2013 02:59 PM
Irunbird
Re: Is there a professional sailmaker on this forum?

Sorry if I misunderstand your question, Capta- but why not just a plain old heavy dacron sail from someone like Rolly Tasker? I'm sure they make sails for rolling furlers. I frequently use Quantum, and they can be competitive if you give them quotes from other sailmakers, and I know for sure Quantum can make a main for your boat. I could not imagine using a tape drive main for a cruising ketch.. just makes no sense.
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