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Charles
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New Sail Costs

Post by Charles » Sun Nov 07, 2021 8:55 pm

Has anyone had any experience of Directsails?
Given the cost of the boat for a main sail the quote was £450-£650 a 'cruising' sail.
Another quote from the UK was almost 3 times this and one has to practical.

Many thanks in advance

Charles
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samphire2014
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Re: New Sail Costs

Post by samphire2014 » Tue Nov 09, 2021 11:52 am

Hi,

I replaced my genoa a couple of years ago and spoke to Kemp, Jeckells, Crusader, Hyde and Rolly Tasker. My first comments are that they will all be offering discounts at some point, especially when things start to bite just after Christmas.

The big question is what you want from your sail. If you just want a 'get you there' type of sail without to much technical or performance/life expectancy input, then you can ask any of those and Direct and pick from the cheapest.

What I did learn fairly quickly is that there are 'sails' and 'sails'. If your existing one is trashed, then you need to think what you want from a new one. In my case I wanted the best I could get from the new genoa, so I spent a lot of time looking at the quotes received. It was evident very quickly that the quotes were all different, primarily in the selection of materials (sail cloth is a subject all on it's own and here you should be prepared to ask some searching questions), sail structure, survey and advice.

I found Kemp and Rolly Tasker to be leading the field when it came to technical expertise. I would be careful not to accept what any of them tell you at face value, as many sail makers just want to sell you what they have decided is best for them to hold in stock, not what is best for you and your boat.

IMHO, I would start by asking Kemp and Tasker, think carefully on what they say and then throw the spec at Direct and see what they come up with.

Keith 66
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Re: New Sail Costs

Post by Keith 66 » Wed Nov 24, 2021 7:53 pm

Our sabre has a set of Jeckells sails, mainsail was nearly new when we got the boat & has served pretty well for 11 years. It is getting baggy &reaching the end of its life. We replaced the Genoa about 5 years ago & got it from Jeckells, It is now badly stretched though otherwise looks good. It is soul destroying to have a sail that whatever you do has a great deep curl in the leech, think of an aircraft coming into land & what happens when it lowers its flaps!
The boat is a fin keel & the mast is set up well, she is fast but does not point anything like she should. Im thinking that a new suit will be required.
A couple of guys (both good sailors) at the club have recomended Crusader sails & i will go down this route. I wont have crosscut dacron sailcloth, a waste of money, it isnt worth the saving when it goes out of shape too quick. Probably be vectran with a radial cut.

samphire2014
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Re: New Sail Costs

Post by samphire2014 » Wed Nov 24, 2021 8:23 pm

Speak to Kemp. I spoke to all the others and frankly they are head and shoulders above the rest. My new Genoa has given me superlative performance, with pointing on a bilge keel beyond expectations. It has taught me how badly the existing rig is tuned, so that is my next point of focus. I also worked out how little I knew about sail setting and how much I needed to learn. The pre purchase survey form makes the others look like amateurs. Refer to my earlier post on this subject or feel free to contact me direct. NO. I am not on commission, the sail is that good!

samphire2014
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Re: New Sail Costs

Post by samphire2014 » Wed Nov 24, 2021 8:24 pm

Speak to Kemp. I spoke to all the others and frankly they are head and shoulders above the rest. My new Genoa has given me superlative performance, with pointing on a bilge keel beyond expectations. It has taught me how badly the existing rig is tuned, so that is my next point of focus. I also worked out how little I knew about sail setting and how much I needed to learn. The pre purchase survey form makes the others look like amateurs. Refer to my earlier post on this subject or feel free to contact me direct. NO. I am not on commission, the sail is that good!

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