Affordably Priced Sails for Storer Boats and maybe some other boats too – see this article to see if the stock Really Simple Sails might be suitable for your boat.
Finally – Cheaper Sails for your boat
As everyone who has built a boat before knows, the single most expensive component of a sailboat is the sail.
For a Goat Island Skiff a custom sailmaker made sail can be around 750 dollars or surprisingly also 750 Euro or Pounds Sterling. What if there was a supply of good sails for half that price?
I’ve been concerned about this for a long time, and have finally found a way to reduce the cost without reducing the quality. Helped start a new sailmaking company.
Over the past 12 months or more I have been working in the background with a group of friends from the Philippines to set up a small scale sailmaking factory. I’ve sourced quality materials from Australia, the USA, Japan and Taiwan and designed sails for several of my boat designs.
In the end the sails will be stocked by storerboats agents in the Americas, the UK, Hungary and Australia. For the moment we have started with Duckworks in the USA that just sent the first sail to Daniel in Uruguay. His pic below.
and his sailing pictures are here
Good Quality Sails for Goat Island Skiff and OzRacer series
This has turned into ReallySimpleSails.com and they sell make and sell sails through Duckworks USA but also sell direct to other locations reached more economically posting direct from the Philippines. Later we intend to have stock sails with our agents in different regions.
As of February 2014 there are two sails in production. There are no custom or “to order” sails available.
- Goat Island Skiff balance lugsail – $380 not including postage
- Oz Racer balance lugsails to suit OzRacer Mk2, OzRacer RV, and Perttu Korhonen’s Ocean Explorer – $360 not including postage
As a indicator of postage, here are the current Duckworks rates by USPS as of February 2014. Be aware there may be additional taxes and duties in your region.
The sails will be continuously developed on feedback from friends and customers. They also have some features that are only available on custom sails for an extra fee.
We still see very good sails for Goat Island Skiffs tailor made for boats through Duckworks USA, Doyle, Sailrite USA (Kits or fully made sails), MacNamara sails UK and others – if you are a racing type or want some custom features, speak to one of these and they will do an excellent job.
Home made OzRacer sails in Hungary
Sailcloth is a Taiwanese product sold to lofts in the USA and Hong Kong as well as to US Hang Glider Manufacturers, thread is Dabond a famous and respected brand. Other items incorporated into ReallySimpleSails are the same that are supplied by Bainbridge, Challenge and other sources but being located close to production centres in Asia means we can often get the same goods at a cheaper price.
Sails developed with feedback from you
One example of specific development is that the Goat Island Skiff sail has three reefs built in. This may seem like a lot to people who have not used a boat for family or adventure (or both) sailing, but it makes a lot of sense for changing gears and altering the performance of the boat to match the conditions and crew. One thing we have found out from RAID events is that it is best that the first reef on the GIS is smaller than the others. It does have quite a big effect as the sail is moved to a lower point and reduced in area simultaneously. So the first reef is tremendously effective and can leave the boat feeling a little underpowered to experienced sailors. So the three reefs on the GIS are uneven.
The OzRacer is quite different. Its boxy shape gives it a huge stability so it can keep going under full sail until the wind is quite strong. Then you definitely want to reduce sail. So it has two equal reefs at no extra cost.
The sail depth has also been optimised with help from Rick Landreville to evaluate the Oz prototypes and Al Zuger to evaluate the GIS prototypes. We found, for example that the flexible yard of the GIS required much more depth in the top part of the sail. We aim to develop the sails continuously in the future.
This is one of the too flat pre production prototypes. The head round was adjusted considerably for our production sails (photo Al Zuger). It is deeper than it looks as the fold from tension along the head is making a crease. With wind pressure that would change into sail depth.
Current prices and to Order a sail go to the Really Simple Sails page on Duckworks USA for email me for locations more easily reached from the Philippines (see contact in left column on this page). All sails will follow the USA pricing.
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