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

Rich Knowles rk at ns.sympatico.ca
Sun Jun 21 13:51:08 EDT 2009

I'd hold out for the sail per the right measurements. I'd also  
remeasure to make sure the numbers are right. There is a possibility  
that you were sent a sail they already had in stock in hopes that you  
might accept it. Every sailmaker has sails that were cut wrong or did  
not work for some reason or other and will dispose of them at cut rate  

One option that you did not mention is; if you are willing to accept  
the sail in lieu of a new one, ask for a rebate. I'd suggest at least  
25% as a starting point.

Good luck and stick to your guns. It's your money, your boat and their  
mistake. Let us know how it works out, and, good or bad, the  
sailmaker's name.


Rich Knowles
Halifax, NS.

From: cnc-list-bounces at cnc-list.com [mailto:cnc-list-bounces at cnc-list.com 
] On Behalf Of Rod Randow
Sent: June 19, 2009 2:14 PM
To: cnc-list at cnc-list.com
Subject: {Stus-List} New sail – too short in luff length

  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?
C&C 33-1 1976

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