Little Bear Westsail 32 refit: SAILS! Blog #138

Arrrrr me hearties. Welcome aboard.

The suit of sails I inherited with the boat are original equipment. That means that the sails are 41 years old. The genoa had been left to the wind and was tattered and torn. It was the first thing I threw out when I brought the boat home. The main sail has been stuffed in my shop-locker for the last two  years. I have had it out a couple of times to look at and refold, but my impression of it was that it was better suited as material for a sack rather than a mainsail.

In this episode I take delivery of three new sails. My new genoa (130%), stays’l, and main. This is what a suit of new sails from North Sails look like being installed:

As always fair winds, following seas, and God bless.

Little Bear Westsail 32 refit: Sail Loft Blog #130

Arrrrr me hearties. Welcome aboard.

This episode is the documentation of a trip to the sail loft. Some months ago I contacted about three different lofts asking for quotes for the boat. I asked a high-end loft, North Sails, and a lower end, budget loft for quotes. As I expected, the high-end quote was out of my price-range. Mind you, you get what you pay for and what they offered was definitely in the excellent category. The low end just seemed too sketchy so I decided to go with North Sails. They’ve been around a long time, are a global company and have a good reputation.

So, in this vid, I take my sails into the NS loft for an assessment.

The consultant was reluctant to say any of my sails were junk but I decided to buy new genoa (130%), inner jib / stays’l, and main. It was an interesting visit to be sure.

As always fair winds, following seas, and God bless.