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Michael4
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New sails...recommend a sailmaker?

Post by Michael4 » Mon Nov 27, 2017 11:29 pm

From two 'local' sailmakers I've had quotes for a main to the same spec that differ by almost a couple of hundred quid. I've double checked but it makes me wonder...

Perhaps I should be looking further than well known names on the South Coast.

I'm after a new set good for 'competitive cruising' for my aged Tideway, my current sails were freebies from Neil a few years back.

Any suggestions or recommendations?

OK, so perhaps I have become a member of the CVDA...
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Re: New sails...recommend a sailmaker?

Post by neil » Tue Nov 28, 2017 3:34 am

http://www.rjsails.co.uk made me a very nice set of Tideway sails
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Re: New sails...recommend a sailmaker?

Post by Pat » Tue Nov 28, 2017 8:19 am

Mike McNamara http://mcnamara-sails.co.uk/
he's been in the business for many years so knows the older designs and asks all the questions about mast type and crew weight and planned use etc.
Our new Albacore sails are lovely.
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Re: New sails...recommend a sailmaker?

Post by davidh » Tue Nov 28, 2017 10:12 am

Another loft well used to making classic sails is Banks at Park Gate (just to the east of Southampton) - still family run and employing sailmakers who learnt their trade on cotton!

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Re: New sails...recommend a sailmaker?

Post by Rupert » Tue Nov 28, 2017 4:07 pm

Morgan sails have made my last 3 Minisail sails, and they are beautifully built.
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Re: New sails...recommend a sailmaker?

Post by davidh » Tue Nov 28, 2017 4:36 pm

Certainly if I was looking for sails for a single hander, Ian Morgan would be high on my list too.

In the end, you pay your money and take your choice, but I'd want someone who would actually be making the sails and you could go and talk to.

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Re: New sails...recommend a sailmaker?

Post by PeterV » Tue Nov 28, 2017 7:22 pm

I don't think RJ sails are still operating. I couldn't get any response from them last year.
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Re: New sails...recommend a sailmaker?

Post by jules22 » Tue Nov 28, 2017 7:51 pm

+1 for R&J , he is still there and mended all the club cadet sails for me earlier this year, good job and reasonable price. 8)

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Re: New sails...recommend a sailmaker?

Post by Michael4 » Wed Nov 29, 2017 10:25 am

I've asked them all...and trying to make sure the quotes are like for like. R&J are still there and I now remember he made some very good sails for a Longboat of mine some years ago.

Extraordinary range of prices, mentioning no names...from £380 to £706.
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Re: New sails...recommend a sailmaker?

Post by Nessa » Thu Nov 30, 2017 9:03 am

Morgan Sails made the full size sail for Aggie. Fantastic quality. I will get the Genoa from them too.
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