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This may likely start an argument among sailors but I would like to know from actual experience your thoughts on the different sail makers and sail materials you have used on your boat. I will be buying new sails in the new year and would like your help. We don't race. We day sail and take occasional trips around the great lakes.
 

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Elliot Pattison sails were good to me (epsails.com). The advantage was, they worked with lots of boats like mine and helped to perfect the sail shape over time working with the boats national association. The materials in the sails I purchased from them was a laminate product... It was a cross cut laminate Flex 13, and it worked pretty well. They have other products, but I'll only comment on what I used, not what they sell.

Now I raced, but only mixed fleet racing, and nothing all that serious (and I had 32+ yo sails, so I needed something else). I purchased a 155 genoa, and main the first season, then a 135 the second. They held up nicely used every time I sailed... so probably 30+ sails for the season, 3-7 hours per sail.

My best guess is you won't be looking at laminate sails for your boat, but know that high quality dacron cross-cut sails are still big money, and it's still very important for the sail maker to really understand not only your boats dimensions, but also the conditions you most often sail in, and how your boat is rigged (reef options, rake, etc)...

I'd wager than any sail loft worth their salt, will spend a decent amount of time talking to you about how you sail, what your experience is, and will fit a product for you that will not only fit your boat, but also your sailing style.

Good luck...
That's all I got for you, let some sailmakers chime in.
 
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