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Sustainable boat Belize
02-13-2011, 03:38 PM

We are looking for a sail maker able to make sails ( gaff rig main sail and jibs) for a traditional wooden boat that will be finish in 3 to 4 months. Here are picts of the construction: http://gallery.bluegreenbelize.org/index.php?album=libertad

Any suggestions, addresses or ideas ? Only request: reasonable price. Thank you


02-13-2011, 03:54 PM
Sailrite.com You can have them design/make or design/send you a kit. The kit will save money -- you'll need a good home sewing machine that does zig-zag stitching. They designed and kitted out the gaff-rig sail, mizzen sail, jib of my 20' boat. We're very pleased -- sailed for 4 seasons. Check them out on the internet. Besides skill, experience, and commonsense, they have computer capabilities. If you have phone capabilities, talk to Jeff at Sailrite.

02-13-2011, 04:03 PM
Contact Mike Tasker, Rolly Tasker sails on Phuket, Thailand. They do first class professional work, and the cost of making the sails and shipping will be less than you will pay anyone on this side of the pond. My boat was 44 feet and an extra set of sails shipped to the Seychelles was cheaper than any American maker.

John How
02-13-2011, 04:16 PM
I recently standing lug & jib sails for my skiff made by Dabbler sails in VA. Real nice work and he specializes in traditional stuff. Shipping is included in his quoted price. And he is an extremely nice gentleman and pretty fast.

Sustainable boat Belize
02-13-2011, 05:48 PM
Thank you really much I will check this right now

Sustainable boat Belize
02-13-2011, 06:41 PM
Oh yes that's seems to be THE international sail maker I was looking for. I suppose prices are cheaper if they do the work in Thailand, because it will be easier to ship them from the US or South America ?
Thank you !

wizbang 13
02-13-2011, 07:16 PM
I suggest you get old sails and re cut em.
As time moves on, each set will be better than the last.
Why build a wood boat, then "hire" out the sails?
more "green "too!

Sustainable boat Belize
02-13-2011, 07:44 PM

yes why not recut, but then comes the problem of used sails availability. I could probably go to Florida to find many of them.

Once I got the stock of used sails I will need to find a good sew machine (especially for the gaff sail) and I'm not a sail maker...

I will probably to have to do so anyway, will depend of new sails price's...

But there is one priority: excellent sails, because this will determine the use of the engine and the consummation of gazoline ! true ?


Can I ask you where I could find the best choice of used sails. Thank you.

wizbang 13
02-13-2011, 08:27 PM
Whoa!! before you seek excelence in sails, get that sail PLAN checked out! That computer boat looks wacky Mate!!
Your boat looks well enouh built , no doubt, purple heart stem?!!
I used to buy used sails through the mail, sight un seen , from "bacon", but I do not even know if they still are in business, cuz I now just pick up a sail here and there at U.S. swap meets.I recon google is your friend . Any "yacht" sail repair place near you?
A sewing machine could be one of the boats best friend, a real asset.
Poorer sailing boats than yours have gone all over engineless. A better priority might be a second set of sails below .

Sustainable boat Belize
02-13-2011, 08:48 PM
Oh yes, thank you, the computer design is just for fun and not accurate (it was template for sponsorship actually). Sails will be measure after the mast is in place.

Check here for more local boats: http://gallery.bluegreenbelize.org/index.php?album=sarteneja-easter-regatta-2009

The cargo is almost finish: http://gallery.bluegreenbelize.org/index.php?album=libertad

Here excellent sail made off a spinaker: http://gallery.bluegreenbelize.org/index.php?album=sailing

Sustainable boat Belize
02-13-2011, 09:32 PM
thank you, yes that seems amazing and why not a sewing machine at home !

02-16-2011, 06:16 PM
second that vote for Rolly tasker and Dabbler; used them both, good results both times. Rolly Tasker was way cheap, great service, as far as I could tell, nicely cut sails, very well built

Dabbler, ditto the above.

02-16-2011, 09:38 PM
I recently standing lug & jib sails for my skiff made by Dabbler sails in VA. Real nice work and he specializes in traditional stuff. Shipping is included in his quoted price. And he is an extremely nice gentleman and pretty fast.

I'll second that emotion. Dabbler made the sail for my Goat Island Skiff. His prices are fair and he doesn't quote bare-bones work then try to sell options.

landlocked sailor
02-17-2011, 04:29 AM
You might get more responses if this post was in Resources/Product Search. I have excellent things about Stuart Hopkins (Dabbler Sails); Rob White used his services. I have had some really excellent sails made by Doug Fowler in Ithaca, NY. He also specializes in small traditional sails. He is very detail oriented and easy to work with by phone.

Haarstick - Doug Fowler Enterprises
Doug Fowler
1182 East Shore Drive
Ithaca NY 14850
Phone: 607-277-0041
Fax: 607-273-3736
Complete Loft Information (http://www.haarsticksailmakers.com/loftinfo.asp?ID=5)
Specializing in Cream & Tanbark Sails


02-17-2011, 01:08 PM
I've recently seen some new sails of Rolly Tasker's. High quality stuff. And Minny's in Costa Mesa has lots of used sails. http://www.minneysyachtsurplus.com/


02-17-2011, 01:36 PM
We purchased a spare mainsail from Minny's last year. They have a wide variety of sails--many of them are NOT in good condition but some are excellent. You can't tell from the pricing, IMHO, though.

A (or is it "the"?) US distributor for Rolly Tasker is in Florida...don't have the phone number at the moment. We spoke with him about having Rolly Tasker build a sail for me that I would do the finishing work on since I wanted a traditional sail w/external boltrope, hand sewn eyelets/points and so forth so that the sail is traditional. They were reasonable. The standard Rolly Tasker sail is going to have hydraulic pressed clew and eyelets, not traditionally sewn in rings. Since that time, I've learned that the folks at Sailrite will work with you on doing a sail in a similar manner. In our case, the cloth required being so heavy and sails so large, we are looking for the support of a sailmaker but yet I want to do as much as I can myself.

At this point we are planning on having Rolly Tasker fabricate storm trisail and storm staysail; we are planning on having Sailrite work with me together we will fabricate a traditional staysail and (gaff) foresail.

George Ray
02-17-2011, 01:56 PM
Andy Soper at Kingston Sail loft:
Has serious qualifications for traditional sails.
Recommended to us by Tom Colvin, we were very happy.
Made some of the sails for movie Master & Commander.

Address: 347 Wellington St
Kingston, Ontario
K7K 6N7

Andy's Work:

02-17-2011, 02:56 PM
Another thumbs up for Dabbler. Quality work, knows traditional sails inside and out, not afraid of a challenge. I know a dozen other sailors he's done work for who all say the same thing.

Jay Greer
02-17-2011, 03:14 PM
My sailmaker, Skip Elliott of Elliot Pattison sails knows traditonal boats and sailmaking better than most. I highly recommend him for work well planned and work well done. http://www.epsails.com/
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02-17-2011, 07:37 PM
If you want the best traditional sails, see Nat Wilson in WoodenBoat magazine or in East Boothbay, Maine. have owned 5 wooden vessels and have had sails made for all of them. Always made to traditional specs and the highest quality.