Originally Posted by MMNETSEA
"using heavy grade canvas , made me 3 jibs, main gaff sail and topsail, mizzen gaff sail and mizzen topsail, and currently getting on with two staysails between mizzen and main."
Need to know what is the 'heavy grade canvas' made of ??? Was it dressed ??
If cotton was used it is unlikely that the sails will last two summers
Surprised that Hongkong was not to supply polyester material of appropriate weight for the Philippino sailmaker.
Presume that the professional sailmakers on Mactan Island were not able to supply?
Didn't really want to sail up to Hong Kong, or go thru search into supplier there and the problems to get the material shipped down to Philippines. It costs me 10 pounds stgerling to geta packet of Colmans Mustard sposted down, so god knows the cost of 800 sq metres of sail material. Maybe a balikbayan box but even from HK takes two months and don't have a representative there in HK.
I spoke to the Sales Repr at Hyde Sails in mactan Island, but they are only intrested in doing sails for Hobie cats and at about 180 USD, maybe for a small jib that would be the size of a flag pendant on my boat, we dropped the enquiry.
I'm happy with the results, just need some protection for the sails which I can get locally or in Cagayan/Cebu..In Butuan they made some very nice sails for three traditional style Balangays ( more like Viking ships than oriental and they were sailing to Madagacascar without an engine