Re: sail repairs
- From: "Duncan Heenan" <duncanheenan@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Wed, 19 Oct 2005 15:50:51 +0100
"Chris" <chrisknibbs@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote in message
> "Duncan Heenan" <duncanheenan@xxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote in message
>> > No all sailmakers are bad. I got a mainsail tear on my trip home this
>> summer, some way out of Plymouth. I phoned a sailmaker in Plymouth at
>> 16:00 (I was not due to berth until 18:30), and he agreed to come to the
>> boat in the morning. I had no transport, and at 09:00 he arrived, took
>> sail away and returned it at 12:30, having repaired 2 tears which
>> small would have become big had I not dropped the sail & applied tape.
>> including his travelling, his time was about 4 1/2 hours, plus travelling
>> costs. He charged £60, i.e. under £15 an hour - try getting a plumber or
>> other tradesman for that, let alone one who will come out on trust to a
>> stranger at no notice. I would certainly charge a lot more for my time.
>> time meant my onward voyage was not delayed (I picked up the 4 hours with
>> late night) and I did not miss anything.
>> For the record the sailmaking angel in Plymouth is Paul Green tel. 01752
> Thank you for the contact Duncan - I took my sail to him and he had it
> beautifully repaired by the next day - I have just returned from
> it. I too would strongly recommend Paul to anyone wanting sail repairs,
> covers made up, and suchlike. He works from a small garage behind his
> house, but is VERY experienced - ex-RN classic sailmaker - working most of
> his life in the sail loft in Devonport. I spent a very enjoyable couple
> hours listening to his story, and him showing me how he made hemp cringles
> for HMS Victory amongst others. He still does a fair bit of the more
> 'classic' work for the Navy. Fascinating.
> He repaired the tear in my genoa and then put 2 large patches very neatly
> either side of that in order to provide protection for when the sail
> across the boat, all with lots of reinforcing stitching. He charged £35
> I must say I'm very pleased indeed.
> Chris Floatything
Glad to have been of service!
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