What Our Customers Say About FX Sails
The new sail is really great! It looks and handles even better than the last one, but the way it stays flat and points is the best part. I went down to the La Piana Regatta just to watch, and had people taking pictures of the sail.
Thanks again for working with me. Best regards,
St. Thomas, USVI
I thought you might like to see what I saw yesterday. [See photo in Gallery]
I'm really enjoying my sail. Thanks for your great work.
Just a heads up to thank you for the great sail! I'm extremely happy with the product and will be preferring more in the future.
Little Compton, Rhode Island
Dean 440 Catamaran
Just a heads up to thank you for the great sail! I'm extremely happy with the product and will be preferring more in the future.
Jason J Smyth
President - Smyth & Son Marine Services Ltd.
The mainsail looks and performs great. As you told me, the oversized roach goes from side to side without any difficulty. We haven't had much opportunity to race with the asymmetrical yet, but from what I've seen so far - It's impressive. Your sails are just what you said - Great looking, great quality, and reasonably priced. Thank you for all your help. I've already started recommending FX to the other MSSA members.
This week, I was finally able to get out on the water with my 1974 Folbot and my new FX sails. What a huge difference from the old sails! They perform just as Bill said they would.
Many thanks for your ease of ordering and prompt delivery.
You couldn't have cut this sail any better. Foot length is perfect. Fairlead block is spot on at mid luff. Luff length is maxxed.
Super pleased. Dreaming of my next FX sail already.
Cape Dory 25
Huntington, New York
We are still enjoying the fine sails you made for me close to five years ago. We finished 2nd in Rolex Race Week and thee sails are still fast!
Your satisfied customer,
St. Thomas, USVI
My new sails made my old boat look and perform great all season!!!
Thank you for making such an excellent job of the Macgregor Venture 222 sail that arrived here in Kinburn, Ontario yesterday. We took the boat out this afternoon on the Ottawa River in strong winds under the new FX mainsail alone and she went like a charm.
Macgegor Venture 222
Thought I would let you know the Mainsail is perfect. The sail fits perfectly and the boat is flying. I'll definitely be recommending FX Sails to all of my Dockmates.
Really enjoying the sails you made for me. Do not know how I ever sailed without a loose footed mainsail.
In one race I crossed the finish line first, 6 minutes 12 seconds ahead of the fleet. This year aiming for a 12 minute lead. Race course is 3 miles long.
St. Louis, MO
Received my sail on Thursday, as promised. I opened it up and the sail is a work of art. The workmanship is awesome.
Just a word to tell you how happy I am with my pentex racing jib and main. Fit is perfect and trim looks very awesome. I am really satisfied and many sailors were asking questions about my new set (I told them where it came from for sure), all shiny in the nice sun we had today... Very satisfied with the quality!
Thank you again,
Can't restrain myself from letting you know that today was the first day sailing with the new Main and Genoa you made for my 1964 Bullseye. The boat verily flew through the water!! The sails are perfect. Nice work.
Peter B. Liebert, M.D.
White Plains, New York
I am writing to thank you and your team again for a great job done!
I picked up the sail in Florida, the day before leaving and only just hoisted it yesterday (It's been very windy here). It looks great and all the 'tell tales' will help with sail training!
Got my main this afternoon. Very professional piece of work. Thank you - quality work and on time. Great job.
Thanks again for this beautiful sail [asymmetrical spinnaker]. We love it!!
Both Irwin's point way higher. Full knot faster. All 3 boats, 2 Irwin 10.4's and the Hunter 28 all have FX sails with FX supplied Cdi furlers.
We had a great season and sailed more often and with more control and fun than in years past. Due in a big part to the FX sails we bought earlier this year. We are very happy with our new main and the Genoa combined with the foam luff and CDI furler. We go out more often because we can control sail size and shape without too much concern for what we might expect, within reason. Our knowledge of sailing at different points has gotten pretty good as we can now control our sails so much more and we haven't really got into fine tuning. All the fine details incorporated in the sails where a bonus. The questions Bill asked up front helped us think about what we wanted to achieve from our new set!
PS. we are looking at another boat and will ask for a quote on sails before we buy.
Just got the sails today - they fly great. I was doing an average 6.5knts and even up to 7.9knts at one point in 15 knots of breeze. Great product. Even the weather helm has decreased substantially. I am looking forward to using my sails for many years.
All the best,
I've been way busy with work and haven't had much down time to post pics.
Thanks again for great service. I'll let you know when I'm looking to replace and add another.
Beneteau 350 Oceanis
I just wanted to get back to you and tell you that everything fits and runs perfect.
Everything worked out just perfect! The sails arrived on Thursday and Sunday was a nice, little gusty windy day.
The boat runs really nice, the sails have a great shape that allows me to go hard upwind. Thank you!
Just a note to say the mainsail for my Montego 19 arrived in perfect time for spring sailing and I have had her out several times this year already. It made the biggest difference in performance and handling.
This is my first brand new sail, so I didn't know what to expect, but I am well pleased with it and you now have a customer for life. Exceptional quality and the best prices, why would I buy from anyone else?
Smith Mountain Lake, VA
Just thought I'd drop you a note to let you know how satisfied I am with the sails you made for me. The shape and quality of the sails are second to none! These are the perfect day sailing and cruising sails.
The sails fit beautifully out of the box, and the sailing performance is superb. We have had severals days with winds in the 25 to 30 knot range and the sails trim beautifully without having to reef. The boat just powers through the SF Bay chop and the helm is balanced perfectly.
I couldn't be happier with my decision to order sails through FX Sails.
I am extremely pleased with the Harken Furler, the Strong Track, and my decision to go with the full battened mainsail. I recently added lazy jacks for managing the mainsail dousing. Everything is simplified and much easier to handle with a crew of 1 to 2 people.
Thanks again for everything,
I am getting some pressure to get involved in racing again, so I am thinking about ordering some racing sails. But, my wife is asking what I am going to do with the 15 bags of sails I have stored in the garage! Once I get that issue sorted out I will be in touch.
Thanks for working through all of the important details with me! The sails are very good. We raced non-spinnaker in the Round St. John race with a 60 handicap, and were first to finish- beating all of the spinnaker class boats over the line, and winning our class. More recently we sailed to St. Barth, and had many inquiries about our beautiful sails from folks that had not heard of FX, and wanted to know more. The stiff battens were key to extending the performance of these sails to heavy air. Thanks again for a job well done.
Just wanted to report on the main you guys did for my boat. It fit perfectly and is absolutely beautiful. Our first time out we took 3 second places in about 15 knots of breeze. I am very well pleased. Thank you for your fine work. I will spread the FX word in my club and beyond. Thank you very much.
Tried the new main out yesterday with strong track. Love it. One hand raising of sail. Nice control when reefing insofar as lowering and then retensioning sail goes, and shaking out the reef was easier than ever. Thanks again, very happy.
Cabo Rico 38
The new furling 85% jib FXsails made for my Olson 40 is fantastic! Last Thursday we had one of those rare January days when the winds were blowing 14-16 knots consistently for about 4 hours. This gave me the opportunity to use the new jib for the first time on all courses of sail and it performed beautifully. The jib has lots of power upwind and is easy to short tack without losing drive and just looks great. The furling jib and full battened main sail FXsails constructed, combined with the Harken furler and Strong Track track and slide system has really simplified the operation while maintaining the performance I enjoy in an ultra light boat.
Even furled, the new jib looks terrific with the black sun protection which look perfect with the black anodized aluminum mast and boom.
Please thank you and your staff of sail makers that worked on this project for a really great job!
I have been sailing since I was 8-years old. I learned to sail on a plywood El Toro with cotton sails! Since that time I have sailed on, and owned, numerous boats and have spent untold hours hoisting and taking down, folding and storing sails and accepted that as an integral part of sailing. But, as I and my usual crew are getting older and have a few bad knees and several more pounds, we are not as nimble as we were at 30, we welcome the convenience and safety provided by a jib furler and the ease of hoisting a mainsail on a low friction track and slide system.
Thanks for your advice and for building such good quality sails at an affordable price.
San Francisco, CA
I finally talked someone into taking some pictures of my boat with the FX sails up. I get compliments every time I go out and on Saturday someone asked me where I got my sails. I told them "FXSAILS.COM."
Thanks for making a great set of sails for me. See the attached photos I promised to send. [Note: Photos available in Photo Gallery]
A few weeks back, I had the opportunity to use the new full batten main you made for me in 20-25 knots of wind. I am very pleased with the main sail!
I believe you have an opportunity to expand your business in SF Bay Area, for those clients who are cruisers and/or occasional racers and want a good product and a very reasonable price.
I am extremely happy with your recommendation and my decision to purchase and install the "Strong Track" system sail hoists are faster and dousing is rocket fast with a lot less effort. The strong track installation was very simple and you hardly notice the track against a black anodized mast.
Thanks for meeting my expectations with the performance and quality of the new mainsail.
My new genoa arrived on Monday and I had the opportunity to take it down and try it on the boat last night. It fits perfectly and is exactly what I wanted. I got out for a sail and after a hour or so of tweeking blocks and such have her tuned just right.
Thanks so much guys. I need a 135% next year and I'll be definitively coming back to FX for it.
Wanted to tell you how impressed I was with the Gennaker you built for us. I must say, I'm impressed with how it performs and how easy it sets. You can count on an order for the next sail in the near future. Thanks again for a great product.
Fantastic! Thanks so much you guys are really on top of it. I really appreciate your service.
I very much appreciate your generosity and quick service. When I get questioned about my replacement sail and the company from which I purchased it, you can be assured the response will be extremely positive. Thanks again for your concern and prompt response.
Just thought I would let you know that my new mainsail is terrific! Very well made and performs beautifully. Thanks for making a high quality sail at a reasonable price. Well done!
Catalina 27 6659
I just did the opening ceremonies on the two sails today. The furler that was inherited with the boat furls the jib fine so I'm happy we stayed with the furling game plan.
The main fits perfectly. I'm not used to the loose-footed system, but it should work very well. Sails, workmanship are super - I'm a happy traveler :)
Have a great season,
Shirley and I flew our spinnaker again Saturday. Several boats came up and all had compliments for us. The greatest of all was the guy who said, "Thank you for making my day!"
Our sail is accomplishing exactly what I hoped. Thanks for a great job!
We received the sails, put them on Friday night and sailed all weekend, what a pleasure! (Like a new boat) Everything fit like a glove and works bitchin!!! Had a lot of comments on them, all positive.
Just wanted to drop you a line and tell you the sail came out great. Unfortunately the weather didn't cooperate for the race on Memorial Day weekend and 3/4 of the fleet wasn't able to finish. That being said, the new sail made a ton of difference and we were near to top of the class when we ran out of time. The boat is much better balanced and sails like a dream.
June 6, 2011
I just wanted to let you know that my main has arrived at my home in NJ, Thank you! That was fast.
David A Cusick DC1,
US Coast Guard Academy
New London, Ct. 06320
FX Sails takes first in non-spinnaker class, Block Island to Newport leg of the Twenty Hundred Club Block Island weekend. Great sails!
Just a quick note to say that we received the Main sail as promised last week and we fitted today and sailed for a couple of hours trimming and ensuring a good fit - we has 25 knots of breeze and the sail performed amazingly and outstripped our previous main which was not that old. It is beautifully cut and the Roach/luff is so much better than before on the old sail. This is the second sail we have had from you guys and would not go anywhere else.
It has been a pleasure dealing with both of you and also the quality of the materials that you use are second to none - We are now heading to the Caribbean with our new sail, so looking forward to some fun sailing and amazing sun.
Once again you have produced an amazing product and with superb service to go with it!
Cheers and thanks
The sails just arrived and all I can say is..... AWESOME!!! You even did the logo!!! Thanks again and you guys will receive a great recommendation from me.
We just returned from our cruise and wanted to tell you how happy we are with the sail. Thank you again for getting it to us (early!!) in time for our trip.
Stacy and Jeff
Received the Main on Monday as you said. Put it on the boat and sailed Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. Like a new Boat. Thanks for Great SERVICE and pricing . I have already had several inquiries about FX.
Cumberland, Rhode Island
We're into our third season using our new FX sails on a Columbia 9.6 on northern Lake Michigan where we sail and cruise. While I ought to have written this two years ago I can give an update as to how they are performing. Even as our old sails should have been thrown out long ago, I knew there would necessarily be a difference with a new main and 135 genoa. These new sails fit properly from the get go and the boat sails better and faster on all points. They continue to perform remarkably well.
Good pricing combined with accessible and knowledgeable people makes it all work. I'm impressed.
Harbor Springs, MI
The sails are wonderful! Better than the original that I used for 39 years. Boat is much faster, a racing equiped Laser could not catch me! Thanks for a great product.
Had our first race with the new chute on Saturday. A very deep run up the west passage of the Narragansett. The sail performed great and moved us up the fleet pretty significantly. It was easy to handle, stable and fast.
FX Crew: Just some positive feedback. I received my new main in time for the launch date. The sail is great; it went on without a hitch; I love the convenience of inserting the battens, and the boat handles so much better with new cloth hanging. Thanks ever so much for your work and a great addition to an aging boat.
Enjoy the summer,
My sails were delivered on time and exactly as specified. Everything was included, even things most lofts charge extra for and all fit perfectly—truly a class job from the FX loft!
This past weekend I had my first opportunity to fly them and it was truly an overwhelming experience. With little or no trimming I hit 6.8 with the headsail only. I look forward to many years of enjoyment flying them and will be quick to direct others to your loft.
Mutiny, C&C 32 Mk I
St. John's, NL
I just wanted to drop you a line to say thanks for arranging to get the sails built and delivered on time. I had an opportunity to use them already and they look and perform great. Being Offshore sails, they certainly are very well built, in fact the overall quality of entire package, including the sail bags is amazing.
I'll definitely be giving you a call once again when I plan to replace my main sail later this year.
I got my new jib the other day - its marvelous! Nice workmanship, meets the specs required for dimensions, and will be a great sail for many seasons. Please thank your front line staff for their good work and turning out a product that you should all be proud of. I'll pass on to others a strong recommendation for your loft. I have a full inventory for my boat now, however as the need arises, I'll be back. Thank you for a fine product.
The new sail has been installed and tested! It looks great and fits perfect. Thanks for the job well done. We will be saving our money for a new Jib. Let you know when we have enough.
We had a great race, sails were perfect! We took first place, Raoul is stoked!
Need a price on a nice asymmetrical kite for the Beneteau 40.
The main you guys made for me is great and the timing and delivery were unbelievable. It was a perfect fit. I have never had a single complaint.
But the time is coming that since you did such a great job on the main can you upscale it and provide me with a higher tech material for a jib?
Grosse Pointe Park, Michigan
I installed the genoa on my Beneteau Oceanis 473 and it fit perfectly. I am very happy with the sail.
We just used the new FX sails at our club Labor Day regatta and I wanted to write to say that we were very fast. At the first race we were sorting out how to trim the sails. On the second (and final) race, we took line honors, and we were racing against some very fast boats (indcluding a B25) that should have finished well ahead of us (SJ24). The main has a much better shape than our old mylar main, that incidentally had been raced only for two seasons. To say that we are pleased, is an understatement.
I raced my new C-22 mainsail last night in our Thurs series. OMG! Wow! We smoked everyone in our class! That was the fastest my boat has sailed. It was simply amazing. We pointed higher, we had more control to flatten the sail and keep the boat on her feet when the wind picked up (we went out with our 150%), we gave the sail a little more curve when reaching and we scorched!
I was always about mid-fleet on the beat, not last night. We had a really bad start (we were coming in too hot at the line and luffed the gennie, but dropped too much) crossing dead last in the fleet. We proceeded to pick off all but two boat by the weather mark! After another goof (bad spinnie set) we started picking off more boats on the run and by the leeward mark we had left them in our wake. No looking back on the second lap.
Great, great, sail. Now I need to put away a little for a new jib in the spring! I want my whole sail inventory to be FX.
Thanks again for the awesome, awesome sail.
Weston J. Becker
Hello, I got my sails the other day - WOW! They're awesome!! Thank you! I've been on the website discussion boards bragging about them already. Thanks for a great job and adding all the little extras and attention to detail.
Thanks again for a great product. Tiger Funk
I just received my spinnaker, and it is BEAUTIFUL!!! and everything is there.
The time delivery and the costs were exactly what you told me.
I want to thank you VERY much again for the excellent service. You took time to answer to all my questions and gave me time to choose design and colors and sent me exactly the product I was waiting for.
If you need references in Qu�bec, I am there.
I have some exciting news for you and FX Sails. With the FX Main and 150 jib I purchased from you last year we won our class this year sailing in the 2009 Texoma Lakefest. Due to weather this year only three races were able to be completed. I am attaching the link to their site. Not only did we win our Class 8 division, our times were better than all three working sails classes. The mainsail that was cut by you last year with a full roach makes all the difference in the world. Again thanks for your efforts.
S/V Baybaleanous, C320 Catalina
Thanks so much for the extra effort to send my sail [spinnaker]! Nice present under the tree. Raced with it on January 1st. Fastest my knotmeter has ever recorded with the new sail. Hope you will visit me and sail when you are traveling in the area. Everyone with FX sails would love to meet you!
Thanks again! Sail made the front page of two local newspapers.
WLSC Race Captain
Just letting you know i've been flying my FX8 Asymmetrical Spinnaker for the last two days now! We're 1800 miles out with another 1200 to go for landfall at Nuku Hiva in the Marquesas. Averaging 150-mile days. I love the sail! I'll try to get some cool pics using it in the islands the next couple of months...maybe one with Moorea or Bora Bora in the background.
I wanted to tell you how much I love my new sails for my Catalina 25, I bought a 150 genoa and a fully battened main. I went from a Chevy to a Ferrari. I also made a referral and you got an order from a friend of mine for the same 150.
Jesse G. Camp III
The sail arrived as scheduled and exceeded my expectations. I mounted it on my old boat and it looks great! I just got back from my first sail and had a nice ride with no problems. Thanks again for your quick response.
I just wanted to let you know that we won our first ever club race last night racing in a PHRF division against a C&C 27, Kirby 25, Tartan 28, and a few more. The FX #1 and main flew beautifully. This year I also won a single-hander sailing against a Soverel 27. The sails are still better than the sailor, but things are going well for a crew in only its second year together. Thanks for all your help. Hope you're having a great summer.
Bob Vander Ploeg
Maximum Bob, Sirius 28
Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada
Wanted to let you know, I received my M26 main last Thursday. I'm really impressed with the look of the sail and particularly the detail. I'm sure this sail will serve my needs for years to come.
Just a note. Love the main for my CC25 Mk II. I've been spreading the word about FX Sails and I know "Ram" from Vancouver bought sails from you. I was out in 25 knots with just the main and shape was perfect...
I received my sail a couple of weeks ago and have flown it twice. I absolutely love it. Everyone on my dock thinks the quality is superior. You guys really did a great job.
Again, Great job FX!
Hunter 31 (Genoa)
The ice is out, and so is my boat...5 times so far. Your sails are great, the price was right, and employees top notch. Congrats...good luck in the future, and keep on sailing.
I just had to email you to let you know how happy I am with the new Main you made for me. It fits perfectly and looks great. Everyone in our club is aware of where I got the sail and the great service you gave.
I know that for all my future boats, there will be no other sail aboard her but FX SAILS.
Again, thanks, and happy sailing.
Winnipeg Manitoba Canada
Don't know if I ever let you know - I climbed the mast and found out why I couldn't get the main all the way up - there was foam of some sort stuck in the sail track about a foot from the masthead. Cleaned it out, lubed the track, and voila, no more problems. Thanks so much for spending time with me on the phone and helping me hash through some ideas on what may be wrong - performance of the boat has gone from slug to sleek and the build quality of the sail is excellent.
I had a beautiful weekend. The weather was really good so i decided to bring the boat from Porto Ercole (Tuscany) to Fiumicino (Rome). Saturday, 35 miles, wind from NW 14-16 kt, so we hoisted your aspin [asymmetrical spinnaker], for the first time, just out of the port and we spent a fantastic day at a speed of 7.8-8.5 knots.
Your sail is beautiful and very easy to handle! Thanks a lot.
January 2008 (Posted to Island Packet Owners Discussion List)
I think it is important to recognize the good guys and to pass on information regarding folks who do what they say and deliver the goods as promised. I would like to recognize and recommend Bill James and the folks at FX Sails. We ordered a new Genoa and Main sails from Bill and FX last spring. I had sought out Bill because he was involved with Airforce Sails, who made the original sails for our IP27. Since the sails were being made long distance, and we were underway between Chicago and Mobile, I wanted a sailmaker who knew the boat well and who could provide a suit of sails that fit our boat and our cruising needs. I am happy to say that Bill and FX Sails showed themselves to be a good choice in both areas. From pre-purchase advice to final delivery they were pro's.
When the sails were finished in early spring as promised we realized we would not need the them till December. I had to ask FX to store them until we returned to the boat some time in the late fall early winter. As it turned out we rejoined the boat in Florida in late December. Bill and his shipper didn't bat an eye and said they would hold them in storage and ship them whenever and wherever we wanted.
Ever the procrastinator, I avoided the urging of my wife to have the sails sent as soon as possible after my arrival in Florida. Various boat chores and preparation for launching kept me busy and unfortunately distracted. I didn't call FX, to have the sails delivered to me in Fort Myers until December 18th, which I thought was lots of time. As my wife had suggested FX had closed down for the Christmas season so that their staff could return home for the holidays. However, Bill answered my message left on his cell phone even though he was on holidays. He was sympathetic to my plight but explained that the loft and the storage warehouse were locked up tight for the holidays.
I recognized this was my fault for not getting in touch sooner. Bill commiserated but said that the problem was that his shipping and warehouse guy had already left for the airport and he was the only one who could access the warehouse. We dejectedly resigned ourselves to using our old sails for the run across the Florida Bay to the Keys and beyond. We were not sure that the sails could be shipped to Cuba if that was our next stopping place.
Just as I was about to give up and bend on our old sails, Bill called me back. He said he thought he could catch his shipper at the airport where he was waiting for his flight to somewhere in the midwest for Christmas. And that is what he did. Drove to the airport, got the keys and directions to find the sails, picked up the sails, packaged them and sent them Purolator overnight delivery at his own expense from his home in Charleston. He waved off my apologies for interrupting his hard earned Christmas break when he called back to make sure the sails had arrived.
This is a long post but I think the story was worth telling. I got excellent sails, at a good price, from a company with integrity and that old fashioned ingredient, they look out for their customers. That's worth telling folks about, I think.
Thanks Bill and FX Sails
Disclaimer: I have no connection with, or commercial interest in, this company.
Island Packet 27
Mainsail works and looks great. My 1990 C-30 SR has never sailed better than now with the 155 tri-radial genoa that you made for me last year and this year's new tri-radial main.
First off I would like to say what a great product FX Sails designs and builds. I recently purchased a new mainsail for my O'Day 28. The boat has not sailed this well since I have owned her. The sail was exactly what I ordered, and made very well. Also, the support staff and the sail makers were wonderful to deal with.
I know that for all my future boats, there will be no other sail aboard her but FX SAILS.
Again, Great job FX!
Owner O'DAY 28
Buzzards Bay, MA
I apologize for not getting back to you sooner concerning the new sails but all I can say is, "we've been too busy sailing". The new sails are a perfect fit and the performance is outstanding. We had absolutely no problems with installation and they look terrific, many compliments.
You guys did a first class job and I have absolutely no problem with recommending FX sails to anyone. Our boat had never hit 8.3 knots before in a 12.5 knot wind so that alone speaks for the performance. The first chance I get ( when I'm not out sailing and showing off) I'll take some pictures for you.
Again, thank you for the superior product at a superior price. Your customer service is excellent, keep up the great work.
Chet & Kathy Wigley
Offshore Mainsail; Offshore 135% Genoa
Got it yesterday. Beautiful sail, great price, and great service. THANK YOU!!!!!!! I was very pleased with my purchase and the transaction. In addition, I have used the sail so far on 3 occasions and I can't believe how much better the boat sails.
Atlantic Sunfish Sail
The sails are AWESOME!!!!!!! I've been out every day and have gotten many comments regarding how good they look and set. The Mainsail rocks. Sets perfectly.
Cross-Cut Mainsail, 155% Tri-Radial Pentex Genoa
I received the battens yesterday and hope to install them this weekend. I wanted to let you know that I installed the sail on Sunday and it fits perfectly. I was truly impressed with the craftsmanship. No details were left undone. Even without the battens, weather helm on the boat has decreased dramatically.
S2 9.2 Full Batten Offshore Mainsail
The Sails were great! I asked the Local Sails people like North Sails and they would not put in the rings, they would only do grommets. Your's fit great, had the rings I wanted and I got another knot out of the boat. You will probably get some calls from F dock, others were impressed. Thanks for the sails.
Cross-Cut Mainsail; 150% Roller Furling Genoa
Just wanted to let you know that the sail arrived in time for me to get her on and get a test drive in before the race.
The race I was anxious about is called Round Whidbey Island. 65 miles around the island. We finished in approximately 19 hours.
We smoked the fleet, took first in class, second overall. One start, twenty boats all different sizes from a Beneteau 411 to a J24. Yes, we beat the J24! Downwind boat speed under a code 7 spinnaker in 22 kts was 6.5+ kts. There was a time, with current, we were doing 10+ kts! In a Catalina 27 mind you. Totally under control, she just dug in and screamed downwind. Of course my tactics had a little to do with it. LOL
Upwind speed I gained 1.5 kts and at least 3 degrees pointing ability with this sail. YAHOO! Nice sail Bill. We put the reef in her at one point. Normally I hate reefing because you lose so much shape but the shape was nice and flat. The top batten being full was just enough to help keep that shape under reef. Really made the headsails look bad. They'll be next to replace.
I'll send pictures when the race committee gets them back to me.
Thanks for the great customer service, Bill. The mainsail is well built and is a proven winner now!
Mainsail with 1 reef, 1 full batten
I've spent some time researching this and hunted around a bit on the 'net looking for tidbits of guidance here and there. Several times I found comments that other sailors had posted remarking on the wonderful service, helpfulness and quality of the folks at FX Sails. That's what made the decision easy for me but frankly I never expected such a great response at 9 o'clock in the evening with so much interest in helping with getting it right!
It is obvious that you love what you are doing and that translates to a great product. Many thanks in advance -- not a big rush as we still have ice here on Cape Cod and spring comes very hard.
I'm looking forward to summer already!
FX3 Standard Asymmetrical Spinnaker with ATN Snuffer
I just thought I would let you know how pleased I am with the Mainsail you made for me. The quality is frankly much better than I expected. From the reinforcement at the reef points, to the webbing used for the slides, to the detail work on the batten pockets, the quality and workmanship is absolutely first rate. The sail has excellent shape under all points of sail, and the boat points higher, too! Thanks.
Catalina 27 Standard Mainsail
I was able to get out and bend on my new main sail last Sunday and wanted to drop you a note and thank you. I haven't had it out yet but it looks like the top batten barely misses the back stay. PERFECT. The sail was a perfect fit and made my day a good one. I was a little nervous without directions about putting in the battens but once I figured out the tool slid into the end of the velcro it was easy street.
Thanks again for a pleasurable experience from start to finish on my new sail!!
Catalina 30 tall rig
S/V Popeye III
Offshore Mainsail with 4 Full Battens
Few people do as they say these days but not you. Thanks for the beautiful sail and received as quickly as you promised. If you ever need a reference, send them my way. FX Sails is unique to me because usually service suffers when a company has low prices but your service far exceeded any of my expectations. Thanks again for all of your help.
Ocean Sail for Sunfish
I just want to say that Bill was outstanding, attentive, and well informed. He asked questions that I would not have thought of, and this resulted in a better, more effective final product. His experience was definately to my benefit. In addition to excellent early service, the price was far below other vendors, and, most pleasantly surprising, the sails were delivered on time. Actually, they were about a week early. The sails themselves are fantastic. Very high quality, and my boat is sailing better on the wind than it ever has. I would not hesitate to recommend you guys.
Ron Acierno, PhD
S/V Alessandra, Nimble 30 Yawl
Full Batten Mainsail, 135% Genoa, Mizzen
Before I got my FX sails, I struggled with achieving and maintaining boat speed and excessive heel. Similar model boats on the lake seemed to have better sailing characteristics and I was disappointed in my performance whenever I benchmarked against other boats. As an instructor it was difficult to teach sail trim with poor sails. With these new sails, I am now pacing inherently faster boats and teaching sail trim has become much easier with the boat responding to every adjustment. These sails offer fantastic value with no evident disadvantage to much more expensive makes.
53º North Sailing