Thanks for that homework Mark. I should be back in the area at the end of next week and will give you a ring.
A little late on getting into this thread but last year we had Bacon Sails "make" a new head and headsail for our 32-3. I had them do the whole thing, from measurements to installation, so that if anything went wrong the mistake would be on them. It was a pleasant experience. We worked with Gary Chwazik who's the general manger. I've attached some info I copied from one of the early e-mails from him outlining what we were buying so this info maybe useful to you. I should also point out that the sails are guaranteed for FIVE YEARS. The new sails are great compared to the originals. Things worked out so well that we're going to have them also install a Lazy Jack/sail bag for the main and low friction track system for the mast. Here's my info:I've got a collection of 10 and 20 year old North and Quantum sails and ought to replace at least the old ones and have two questions. Price is a factor, so I'm looking at Dacron and the jib is on a roller.
1. I'm a cruiser in the Chesapeake area with hopes to make it to the Bahamas before too long. The original boat owner was definitely a racer and the older jib is 150%. For you on the Chesapeake with a 32, would you suggest staying with the 150 or go to another size? Folks are going to answer by saying "talk to your local sail loft" and I've already started doing that but not yet had somebody from a loft come to the boat. The reason for posting this question first is because the people I have spoken to are either at two of the lofts or they don't own Ericsons in this area, let alone a 1980s 32.
2. Being in the Annapolis area, we are blessed with no less than FIVE well-known lofts, North, Quantum, Ullman, Bacon, and Chesapeake. North and Quantum are considered to be the better Ford and Chevy sailmakers, in that you know that you will get a good product and they have great warranties. I like Bacon but their backlog is months long and have no experience with either Ullman (great rep but pricey?) or Chesapeake Sails. I already know of people who have had good experience with each of these lofts, so am not asking "Whose sails do you use?"
My question #2 even for the non-area crowd, is what experience or recommendations do you have in comparing the five lofts.