{Stus-List} New sail – too short in luff length

Frederick G Street fred at postaudio.net
Fri Jun 19 13:18:56 EDT 2009


Go for the completely new sail.  It doesn't sound like you bear any  
responsibility for the mistake, and you didn't get what you paid for.

Fred Street -- Minneapolis
S/V Oceanis (1979 C&C Landfall 38) -- Bayfield, WI


On Jun 19, 2009, at 12:14 PM, Rod Randow wrote:

>  I had a new 135 Dacron genny built over the winter by a national  
> sailmaker. I cruise only – no racing. The sail consultant measured  
> the boat and sent in the measurement for the sail to be made. I  
> received the sail over the winter but just installed it late last  
> weekend (boat was very late getting in the water). It was too short  
> in the luff length by 15 inches (approx 41 foot luff measurement).  
> After finally being able to contact the consultant and explain the  
> problem, he discovered that the wrong number was entered into the  
> computer during the sail manufacture.
> So now how to proceed? I paid for a custom build sail but that is  
> not what I got. What would it take to correct this mistake?
> - I know I could add a pendent(s) to the present sail but this is  
> not what I think I want to do.
> - Is a completely newly built sail with the correct measurements the  
> only way to get what I paid for?
> - Can the present sail be “corrected” to almost “like-it-was- 
> supposed-to-be” by adding cloth to foot, the head, or both? What  
> would it take?
> I'm meeting with the consultant on my boat Monday afternoon to  
> discuss my options. What option(s) should I insist on?
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