Buying a new sail should be a pleasure, not a terrifying, difficult or mysterious experience. If you’re a bit concerned about this, we’d like to explain the process.

New sails transform the performance of your boat. They can make your sailing both more comfortable and more fun. As sails age, they lose their aerodynamic shape (as people say, they get blown out); that makes your boat heel more and go slower. With new sails, you will be able to cover greater distances – because you’ll sail faster.

Sails are made to fit your boat, for the kind of sailing you want to do, and the winds and waters you sail in. Each customer and each boat are different. The more information we have about you and your boat, the more accurate our quote can be and the more tailored-for-you we can make your new sails.

So, here are some questions to think about that will make the buying process easier and insure that you get the sail you want.

Start with these 8 questions:

  1. What kind of boat do you have? We need the make and model. If you say a 40-foot Beneteau, we can’t tell whether that’s an Oceanis 400, a 40CC or a 40.7 – all very different. So, you need to be very explicit. If you have a custom design, we may need a sailplan drawing, but we are familiar with almost every production boat.
  2. In what year was your boat built? Builders often make changes year by year. There is a big difference, for example, between a C&C 34 from 1980 and their 34R from 1987.
  3. What rig does this have? Many builders offer standard and tall rigs. For example, the Catalina 30 comes either way and there is a very large difference between the two masts. There are some boats that offer rig options such as conventional boom or wishbone boom. Unless you tell us, we won’t know and our recommendations and quote won’t make sense.
  4. Has the rig been modified?Owners occasionally lengthen their boom or add a short bowsprit to increase sail area on under-canvassed boats. Even more common, a furling system may have been added; we need to know if your boat has one and, if so, what kind?
  5. Where do you sail? Sails cut for long ocean swells should have a different shape from those used in choppy waters. Some places are known for strong winds, others for zephyrs. We’d like to get the right shape and strength of materials for you.
  6. Do you race, cruise or do both? The choice of materials and features you should have will vary to suit your usage.
  7. What’s the reason for buying a new sail? Are you replacing an old one, moving to different waters and sailing conditions, heading off on a worldwide voyage, looking for more speed and/or durability? All these sorts of reasons determine what we’ll recommend and its cost.And
  8.  What key factors will influence your purchase? Can you rank factors such as price, performance, multi-purpose use, and durability?
    Then you are ready to get a quote (click the tab on the left of the page – or Get a Quote page).