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    Default New sails

    Evening all. Need a new mainsail for hummingbird 30, looking for a long lasting heavy duty type thing, our current sail is 15 years old so keen to get the same sort of wear. Sure I won’t have the boat for another 15 years but then again I did say that 15 years ago. Boat is Ipswich base. Had 1 quote over the phone which scared me 😂, anybody got any sailmaker recommendations who they have had a god balance between price and quality please? Ta adam

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    Default Re: New sails

    I using a Crusader Genoa, todate is has outlasted the previous GO sail that was twice the cost.
    Having said that the GO sail was a better shape & i should have had more dialogue with Crusader to get a nicer cut, but as i only cruise its ok for the job
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    Default Re: New sails

    There's no such thing as as 'only cruising'.
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    Default Re: New sails

    Try
    Wilkinsons in Whitstable.
    Jeckells.
    One Sails.
    Kemp.

    For a long lasting sail I would suggest Vectran sailcloth and a fully battened main, but both cost extra. In reality you only get what you pay for. Also check where the sail is made as many are made or partly made in the Far East, having a local sail maker is very useful.
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    Default Re: New sails

    I've found OneSails at Levington can be fairly realistic.

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    Default Re: New sails

    I have been pleased with the sails I got from Kemp. Well worth calling them and discussing your needs.

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    Default Re: New sails

    Talk to Andy McIvor of ADM Sails in Maldon. I can recommend his work and he also looks after the interests of a lot of high level racing boats too.
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    Default Re: New sails

    Crusader here. They ncame to measure, choice of fabric at no extra cost, great after sales service and the cheapest by a country mile
    Pardon?

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    Default Re: New sails

    Quote Originally Posted by Champagne Murphy View Post
    Crusader here. They ncame to measure, choice of fabric at no extra cost, great after sales service and the cheapest by a country mile
    Alas that is not my experience. In the past I had a complete set of 6 sails from Crusader and I was happy with them. However a couple of years ago when I asked for a quote for a new main and furling genoa in Vectran sail cloth, they changed the genoa and quoted for standard Dacron. An error like that is something that should not happen, hence why I did not recommend them.
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    Default Re: New sails

    I had a new FB main this season, and a new Genoa two ago... both from Jeckells.

    Came down, measured the boat, sails right the first time exactly to the spec I wanted, on time. Very competitive on price.

    I’m pleased so far and would recommend them.

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