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Jim D Posted - 01/02/2020 : 18:35:22
Happy New Year!
Anyone order sails from Catalina Direct?? Looks like they use Ulman, and prices arent bad... looking for feedback!
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TCurran Posted - 09/22/2020 : 06:23:03
Great job Ben, way to come back after your last three weeks!
Buzz Maring Posted - 09/21/2020 : 15:51:33
CONGRATULATIONS!
SailTowery Posted - 09/21/2020 : 14:11:22
Finally got out to race with the new #2 and the new S2 kite. The #2 is 140%, Dimension Carbon Sport. The S2 kite is Airx 600, designed to fit OD regs.

It was rainy and cold at our lake, Bear Lake on the UT/ID border. The rain came with wind so it was a good day to use both new sails. The wind died off a little for the first 1.5 mile upwind leg however, so we went with our AP #1, which is also Carbon Sport. The wind came back up though and we popped the new kite. It's bright pink so it can't be missed. While the sail is more for running it performed well on the reach the 3 mile leg turned into. With the increased pressure out came the new #2 for the final 1.5 miles upwind to the finish. The sail did everything I wanted it too. Small and flat enough for the 15-18 knots of wind we had but still big enough to power through the big lake wind chop when the breeze dipped.

We won the race and won the Summer Race Series title. Our competition included a Schock 34PC, Frers 33, Ranger 33, Alerion 30 and a Catalina 36. We raced against a Santana 23D and an Ericson 38 in some of the other regattas, but not the Series races.

Our sail inventory is nearly complete. All I have now from the original inventory that came with the boat when I purchased her in 2016 is the 110% #3. We are designing a new 95% #3 now that has been discussed on the forum.

This was season 4 on the dacron main. Season 3 on the #1 and S1 VMG kite. So after the blade we'll probably replace the #1 after the 2021 season. The main still looks great!

So now our race season is over. For 2021 we're planning on going to Arizona again in February, then a full season again at Bear Lake and we'll finish next year at the Star of the North Regatta at WYC.

As always there's pics on my FB page. Link in my signature.
SailTowery Posted - 09/06/2020 : 19:26:08
Sail testing will have to wait. I'm quarantined at home with corona virus until the 16th.
TCurran Posted - 09/03/2020 : 06:25:21
Fly Little Wing, Fly (and no knockdowns...)
Buzz Maring Posted - 09/01/2020 : 08:02:34
quote:
Originally posted by SailTowery

Wish us luck!


ˇGO GET 'EM!
SailTowery Posted - 09/01/2020 : 07:47:04
My new S2 spinnaker just arrived in the mail. My new #2 should be ready by this weekend as well. The new kite is AIRX600, so 3/4 oz and designed to be OD legal for our trip to Wayzata a year from now. All my sails are from Ballard Sails in Seattle. John Fries designs them. My main and two spinnakers were built at Durtek (owned by Quantum) in Sri Lanka. My carbon #1 and carbon #2 were built on Ballard's floor. Pics on my FB page this weekend. It's our club's biggest race, the Bear Lake Monster Race, a 21 mile lap of the lake. Wish us luck!
Voyager Posted - 01/03/2020 : 11:28:58
Wow, main and 135 furler under $2500!
SailTowery Posted - 01/03/2020 : 10:40:35
I just looked at CD's Cpari 25 sails. Those seem like REALLY good prices for cruising sails.
jmadd Posted - 01/03/2020 : 10:37:15
Just to add my experience - I went with UK when I was looking for new head sails and got prices directly from the regional loft. But then I went to our local sail maker who represented UK and he got me a much better deal.
SailTowery Posted - 01/03/2020 : 08:18:27
Lots of good options. I haven't purchased sails from CD but anything that I have purchased has been easy with good customer service.

The Ullmans at CD are probably built in Asia or South Africa. That's not a bad thing, just don't expect that there's some dude on a floor in Southern California making your sail.

A benefit from using a sailmaker vs. CD is service and support post purchase. If you have sail specific questions, I don't think CD will be much help.

Ballard Sails in Seattle builds all my sails and I highly recommend you give them a call.
Steve Milby Posted - 01/02/2020 : 19:29:59
I'd check with North Sails in Annapolis. They offer discounts during all the major boat shows, but you don't seem to have to attend the show to get the discount. Ask them about discounts. Can they offer you a boat show discount for the next Annapolis Boat show in the spring, or the next Chicago Boat show, which I think is next week. When you ask them about a discount, you communicate to them that they'll have to sharpen their pencil to get your business. North knows how to make good sails for a Capri 25.
Voyager Posted - 01/02/2020 : 18:56:15
Happy New Year to you.
Somewhere in the back of my mind I recalled that CD offers a sale on their Ullman Sails from time to time.
I went back through my emails only to find their “off season sale” takes place at the end of October and early November.
It’s usually only a few days and the discounts are substantial at 15% off.

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