Freedom 21 Sails
Haarstick Freedom Sails. "Freedom Yachts is one of the leading
builders of fine cruising yachts in the world. The companys product line
features unique cruising sail systems such as unstayed carbon-fibre masts
with fully battened mainsails, self tending camber spar jibs, and gunmount
Hood Sails. Comment:
I have removed the pricing from the below estimate. Prices change
frequently and I didn't want to post an out of date price. This is
the most informative reply I have received from a sailmaker.
"Thank you for requesting a quote from Hood Sailmakers to upgrade the
sails on your (intended) Freedom 21. I have prepared the following quote
for your review.
I have offered you both Hood woven Dacron and Hood woven Vektron.
Historically Hood woven sailcloth has offered consumers the best long-term
value, life span divided by cost. The Vektron material is manufactured in
the same vein but is more stretch resistant, much more stable on the bias
and stronger overall. It is woven, so it has the handling and durability
characteristics of woven materials.
It is, I think, a commonly held belief that all "Dacron" sails are made of
the same material and thus the cheapest is the best deal. This is not
There are three principal grades of polyester yarn used to weave sailcloth
and an almost infinite number of ways of manufacturing woven sailcloth. As
an example of this, one sailcloth supplier, Bainbridge, offers 7 different
grades of "Dacron" sailcloth in 7.0 oz weight and the price difference is
87%. This is a direct reflection of the quality of the yarns, the care
taken in the weaving process and the amount of stabilizing resins used in
the finishing process. As a general proposition an inexpensive sail BUT
with great durability are at opposite ends of the spectrum. The price of a
sail is in direct proportion to the cost of the sailcloth and the cheaper
the sailcloth the less durable it will be.
Certainly you will get quotes for these two sails for prices ranging up to
about 50% of the prices quoted here. These prices reflect the differences
in the grade of polyester fiber used in the manufacturing of the cloth,
the detailing employed in the manufacture of the sails and the location of
production of the sails, largely offshore these days, mainly in the far
The raw materials used in Hood sails are high tenacity polyester fiber in
both the fill and warp directions. This is in contrast to the low or
medium tenacity fibers used in commercial sailcloth that is used by other
sailmakers. In the Vektron material we incorporate high strength Vectran
fiber commingled with the polyester. We can do this because Hood is the
only sailmaker to own and operate its own dedicated sailcloth producing
textile mill. Apart from greater strength and stretch resistance HT
polyester shrinks at a greater rate than lesser grades of polyester when
heated. It is this characteristic, which is rarely, if ever, spoken about
in sail discussions, of the fiber used in weaving our own cloth that
contributes to the greater durability of Hood Sails. This is because the
very high shrink rate eliminates the requirement for resin coatings to
stabilize the cloth.
Commercial cloth is more loosely woven and stabilized with resin coatings.
Hood woven cloth is mechanically stabilized by the tightness of the weave
AND the heat shrinking. These sails would be manufactured in Middletown
Hood Sails have never been inexpensive but they have always been excellent
P: 24.50 E: 10.75
132 sq.ft. Triangle area
180 sq.ft. Actual flying area including roach
6.5 oz Hood woven Dacron:
6.0 oz Hood woven Vektron:
Hood woven Dacron (or Vektron), featuring high tenacity polyester fiber
Vektron) tightly woven and heat shrunk.
No resin stabilizers.
Advanced Cad-Cam design
Laser cut for greater accuracy. The heat from the laser also seals the
edges of the cloth.
A completely separate sheath to house the battens Additional reinforcing
at the forward end of the batten pocket to accept the compression of the
Two rows of 5 step seaming on 1" wide glued seams.
Low stretch leech line
Aluminum clam cleats for the leech line.
Hood patented three part Beryllium Copper steel press rings.
Webbed on slides at the luff, bolt rope or slides (webbed on) on the foot.
Nylon slides to fit standard spar.
Substantial reinforcing in the corners and the reef patches.
Leech tell tales
2 reefs, add
5 Full length battens add
I: 19.33 J: 5.25
100% Hank on Jib
5.0 oz Hood woven Dacron:
4.0 oz Hood woven Vektron:
In either material these sails would include the following options and
detailing Hood woven Dacron (or Vektron), featuring high tenacity
polyester fiber (and
Vektron) tightly woven and heat shrunk.
No resin stabilizers
Laser cut for both accuracy and the heat sealing of the edges of the cloth
Cross cut construction Stainless steel "O" rings attached with Spectra
webbing at the head and tack Leech and foot lines with appropriate
Cover over the cleat with a pocket to stow the excess line Sheeting trim
line Sail bag Options
Pricing is FOB Middletown, RI. in US Dollars valid for 30 days after which
time the quotation may be modified. We require a 50% deposit to confirm
your order. The balance including freight is due prior to shipping. The
quotation is based on the cited sail areas and may be changed on a pro
rated basis if the sail sizes vary. Title to the goods does not convey
until the sails are paid for in full. Delivery times cannot be quoted
until all details necessary for us to design & build the sails is in our
hands. This commonly includes maximum perimeter dimensions, method of
attachments, cover colors but generally includes any detail we need to
design and build the sail.
Depending on where your boat is located I would prefer to visit her myself
to confirm the dimensions and details of fit otherwise I have a check
sheet I can put into your hands.
If you have any immediate questions please call me at the loft otherwise
I'll follow up with you in a few days.
23 Johnny Cake Hill
Middletown RI 02842
401 849 9400
Industries. KI Sail Cover Store. Sail covers for the main
- Lee Sails Northeast.
- Porpoise Sailing Services.
New and used sails.
- Rolly Tasker Sails.
"More Offshore Yachts are sailing the world using Rolly Tasker Sails than
any other brand.
For the finest quality and long lasting sails, beautifully finished with
traditional leather handwork. We operate the most efficient
sailmaking facility in the world.
World renowned Australian sailmaker Rolly Tasker, with 48 years of
experience, selected Thailand for his export sail loft for its central
position and skilled labour force. The new export sail of on Phuket
Island, Thailand is the most effective anywhere, allowing us to deliver
sails of the highest quality design and construction to you at the most
We build sails for all size of yachts from Sunfish to Furling Mailsails
and Genoas for Mega Yachts. We are currently supplying sails to
enthusiasts in 50 countries."
- Sailrite. "Sailrite is a
second generation family business. Founded in 1969 the business was
intended to serve a function no other business had ever served. Sailrite
was intended to provide a source of instruction and materials for amateur
sailmakers. At that time the very concept of amateur sailmaking was
unheard of. Sailmaking was generally believed a black art. Sailrite has
largely changed this view and today is well known as a provider of sail
kits to serious racers, boat builders and sailors owning good old boats.
These individuals build sails to broaden their self-reliance and power
their boats. Sailmaking is a great deal of fun and a very satisfying
By 1985 it became evident that Sailrites market was growing the fastest
in areas other than sailmaking. Amateur canvas projects and instructions
started to become the main focus. Sailrites founder, Jim Grant, wrote and
published his book The Complete Canvasworkers Guide which is still in
print today (second edition). Sailrite started to offer kits for dodgers,
biminis, mainsail covers, foredeck bags and a whole host of other enticing
projects for the growing do-it-yourself crowd. The Sailrite catalog was
also growing in size every year as customers offered suggestions for new
kits and products to add to Sailrites offering.
Just before the turn of the century Sailrite started to become a large
retailer of semi-industrial sewing machines for canvas workers. Today
Sailrite offers several well known Sailrite branded and patented sewing
machines. These include the Ultrafeed, the Sailrite Professional, The
Sailrite 111 and the Sailmaker. Please read the article titled Your
Sailrite Support Team for more information on the Sailrite tuning process
for sewing machine production. Sailrite machines are the best available
and support is top notch! With the addition of sewing machines Sailrite
became a one stop shop for both canvas workers and sailmakers.
Now Sailrite is branching out even further. Niche markets continue to grow
as Sailrite adds hardware and fabrics for automotive interiors and home
decor. See the Glen Raven indoor/outdoor furniture fabrics and Designer
fabrics by Phifer for a couple of product examples.
Sailrite is truly a canvas workers hardware store. The companys full
product line of nearly 5,000 items is viewable online at www.sailrite.com.
As a full stocking distributor of marine fabrics, fasteners, thread,
webbing, sail hardware, industrial and semi-industrial portable sewing
machines, clear vinyl, awning hardware and do-it-yourself canvas projects
you should be able to find just about anything for your canvas projects."
Comment: As of 3/06 Sailrite is selling kits for the Freedom 21.
- Scott Sails.
- Somerset Sails.
Comment: "After considering all of the sailmakers above and several
not listed, I purchased my new mainsail from Martin at Somerset Sails in
Barker, NY. The price was very competitive and the quality the best
I have seen." Max Lent