Formerly known as colmce.
Big Thumbs up to Both Jess Sails (who came in well under budget for a Spray hood) and Saturn who were £70 cheaper than they quoted for sail valeting. Jess Sails in particular gives fantastic service.
If not now, when?
While we are on the topic - a big thumbs up for Roger of Mouse Sails (Holyhead) who made my cockpit enclosure. Two existing sprayhood frames covered (main & aft cabins) with zip-out bimini centre & roll up/down sides. Total cost £1250 - fits llike a glove & does exactly what I wanted it to.
We love our conservatory & are currently trying to decide what variety of tomatoes would be best - Ailsa Craig perhaps?
Sorry to hear of people having problems.
My two penneth worth...............
Just had a new genoa from Jeckells/Norfolk.
They did everything they said they would.
Sail is fantastic. First trip last week and what a difference !
Pointing and power............
Threw orgasmatron over the side. No longer needed !
It is never too late to have a happy childhood. Buy a boat.
Finally ordered new m/sail from Saturn Sails at Largs,who gave me a lead time of 5 weeks.They came to boat ,measured,discussed possible options and designed me a sail giving about 10% more area. They delivered in FOUR weeks!
I took delivery and sailed the Clyde for a week in winds from F0 to F6,and the sail did the business.On returning to Largs to refuel and change crew,John from Saturn was on the pontoon to check if everything was satisfactory.
Not cheap,but cheaper than Quantum, and at least I got a sail.
Leaving Largs ,had a great sail to Paddy's Milestone----then motored in thick fog and flat calm for 20 hours to Holyhead. Hoping that doesn't happen crossing Biscay!
Do we all have our sail sagas?
Mine is that I use a one man band loft in Weymouth.
He isn't VAT registered and quotes good prices.
He does an excellent job and works accurately to drawings.
What is the down side?
I put an order in at the beginning of February for:
- Re-cut main to shorten by 6" and take a bit of fullness out
- Change to full battens in main and mizzen
- Make new sail and cockpit covers to my spec.
Got the sails back at the front end of April
Picked up the Sail covers last w/e
Still waiting for the cockpit cover . . . .
Four and a half months and counting, but he does do a good job!
I saw a 'complaint' on here a while back about the fact that a customer had never met Gerry. Not an issue for me, he is always more than pleasant on the phone and he measures up and fits when it suits him - ie he is in the area. I guess that helps keep the costs down?? I buy lots of things from people without meeting them so I'm not really sure how that is an issue, but each to their own!
Completely different experience from Northrop Sails in Ramsgate. I left my genoa there for restitching of tthe UV strip and some other stitching that had become a little worn, plus a minor repair. It was expected to take about a week. I drove home to North Wales the following day, to find a message on the answer phone that it was finished.
In view of this I had a new hood made from the pattern of the old one, but with a number of detailed modifications to improve ventilation and shade. Plus a new mainsail cover. The two were delivered to my home address in less than two weeks, price as agreed for both jobs. Excellent workmanship in all cases.
Answers to some technical queries at http://coxengineering.sharepoint.com
This thread shows how variable prices are, or maybe that prices have come down in the last few years. We paid £228 to replace the UV strip on our genoa a couple of years ago, and that was after shopping around. Our sail is 30' on the leach, 16' foot so probably a lot smaller than the examples above.