Hi all, come summer, come the boats. Winter is for slot cars. I have been filling and sanding my Vanity model. Today it got its first coat of black enamel primer and apart from a few tiny blemishes will be fine, so I started thinking about sails. My wife can't get her machine to behave itself, so, bless her, said to buy a suit, but I can't find any guide to prices except a brief mention on Nylet's site about a medium Gaff set and that is 195 quid, which is not possible. So, where do folks go for affordable sails for gaffers and other unconventional non "class" yachts, like Vanity? It's a big old rig.
Hi Martin I have always used Frank Nylet some of his prices may seem on the high side but he is a professional sail maker. My last suite I had of him was for my Bristol pilot cutter which cost £320 but in my opinion worth every penny as they are made as the original full size sails .
The only other options are you could try PJ sails but little difference in price .
Former tug nut now switched to sail because of health
Thanks, Ron, but that is WAY more than I could spend on a model of any kind. It looks like I'll just have make them myself, by hand if necessary, if my wife can't sort the tension out on her machine. I tried somebody called Wiles, but didn't get a reply. So I will have to do it myself. I'm not bothered about absolute correctness of bolt rope and stitching as you can't see it when it's on the pond and I don't sail with others anyway. There are no clubs round here.
I've just heard (from another place), that Egyptian cotton sheets are available in Dunelm Mill, so I may well be having a trip to our local one. My wife is going to have a go at the dodgy tension on her machine and make them for me, though I will probably have to hand stitch the boltropes.
I like the Egyptian cotton idea and of course they can be dyed with all sorts of things to give a realistic O.G. look. I used tea on a model of a Bawley but changed to a red dye later. You could probably make a suit of sails for every day of the week from a bottom sheet. I think I will pinch your idea and make a new set of sails for this year. Great idea.
ChrisG, I can't claim originality for the idea of Egyptian cotton sheets. I wish I could, but it came from "another place". mind you, I was bomblin' round a boot fair yesterday and there were several nice sheets which would have made good sails if they hadn't been a pale pink! a quid for a double sheet, all laundered and looking just so seems like something to seek out in an off white as Vanity was a leisure craft. A model of a Norfolk Wherry is next and that will need a sail as black as yer 'at. But my wife assures me you can get black cotton sheets now, so I'm sorted for that. Saves me getting the soot and fish oil out