Re: [Amel] New Sails for Sharki 104


You mention the sails are flat and have little shape. That's a trademark of certain lofts that don't have the ability to produce for the industry and sell direct. Amel owners that want sails that will perform well in a variety of conditions are better served by dealing with a real sailmaker.

You should also know that many of these sails are made with second quality or other manufacturer rejected cloth. That's why they can sell them so cheaply. In many cases I see sails like these being sold for less than what it cost just to buy top quality material.

The bitterness of poor quality outlasts the sweetness of a cheap price.

--- On Sat, 5/16/09, etske <amel.sharki.charmedii@...> wrote:

From: etske <amel.sharki.charmedii@...>
Subject: [Amel] New Sails for Sharki 104
To: amelyachtowners@...
Date: Saturday, May 16, 2009, 2:59 AM

Dear all,

Since our sails were still the original ones from 1984 we decided to go for new ones. After lots of offers we choose Leesails in Hong Kong. They guaranteed us that they made sails for a Sharki before. We had discussions about several options I wanted (all headsails with foamstrip and UV strip, top batten full, original reefing system with steel wire reinforcing, etc.)

They all did this and for an amazing price. Mizzen, Main, Storm Jib, Furling Jib, Furling Genoa II, Furling Genoa I, alltogether for 6020 US (incl. P&P)!!!!

So you try to find the hook. Sails arrived before the agreed date and all in good order. All sails were tested in the past two weeks and I can't find anything that's not 100% as agreed upon. Main and Mizzen are both flat without loosing there shape, GI is huge and has the rounding where it should be. GII is flat as an high aspect (she does 30 upwind now), Jib we used in a full gale with main down and mizzen up. After three hours with forces up to 10 bft all was perfect OK.

I would advice if asked to go there if you need new sails.

Cheers and fair winds, Hajé

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