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- 28/04/2012 at 8:02 pm #4432sailingdaveMember
Just a short note too pass on my experience buying new cruising sails for my Mark 2. In the end I opted for a new main and genoa from Edge Sails (as seen in the magazine). These were personally made by Jon Clark himself and I have to say are as good as any I have ever seen. Superb heavy sailcloth that you know will last and last. Quality of workmanship is second to none and the personal service the best available. Furthermore, they were ready in double quick time and were the cheapest I was quoted, even cheaper than some Chinese imports that I wouldn’t have bought on principle. I paid £584 in total for both sails including batons, insignia, TWO reefing points, sail bags and sail numbers fitted. Now that is value for money.
I do not know Jon myself nor do I have any connection with Edge Sails but just thought others may be able to benefit from my experience. I could not reccomend Edge Sails highly enough. Hope this helps.
Dave06/06/2012 at 2:42 pm #10906AnonymousInactive
We bought a new set of cruising sails from Jon last season, he works out of a loft in Coventry just down the road from us and can highly recommended from a number of other sailors at our club. We therefore had the benefit of meeting him and seeing how its all done, really nice guy who definitely knows his stuff when it somes to sails and a very well equipped workshop with huge sail table and numerous specialist sewing machines. He was very helpful and knowledgable when we talked about cutting the genoa for the various reefing systems too. He’s best known round here for top notch racing sails for the Solo dinghies and seems to be a purist enthusiast that works to sail as far as I can tell. Our boat has been transformed and given a new life thanks to the new sails, an amazing difference to the power the rig develops versus the old bed sheets we had before and as you mentioned, very keenly priced too thanks to keeping his operation small.
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