Why Calvert Sailmakers?
Why use Calvert Sails over the major sail making groups?
When searching for new, or replacement sails for your sailboat, you will most likely see the ads in the sail magazines for the large sailmaking groups. With large multi member groups, these sailmakers have high co op advertising budgets and offer "service" with locations world wide. They list the latest in design software and groups of designers to give you the best designed and made sails for your boat.
These various world wide members share the advertising budgets and pay royalties to use the name and logos of these large groups. This extra spending is factored into the costs of the goods. In most cases, the members use central designing and manufacturing. This often results in production sails of similar designs, from boat to boat, with overseas production. Most of the local branches of these large sailmaking groups are "service lofts" The staff can come to a boat to measure for sails and do repairs and service on sails but, do not design or make the sails in house.
Your sail specifications and correspondence, to the local loft staff, is forwarded to the design office and than to the central manufacturing facility.
Very rarely can clients work directly with the designer of their sails.
We at Calvert Sails have opted to forgo the large colored magazine ads and use web advertising and customers word of mouth for our promotions. This gives us the flexibility to reduce costs in the sails and offer much better prices or similar prices for higher quality sails. We personally work with our clients to discuss their special sail needs. This includes areas to be sailed, the type of sailing, (coastal cruising, offshore voyaging, racing etc.) and performance of their particular boat. Once we know the intended use and budget for a certain boat's sails, we can offer options for the latest in materials and technology.
Our designer, Dave Calvert has over 40 years of cruising, racing, and sail making experience. This puts him is a very small group of sail designers today. We encourage you to communicate directly with Dave to have the best sails designed and built for your boat and purpose. We offer the choice between American built sails and sails built overseas at the world's largest offshore manufacturers. You will never receive a "cookie cutter" sail, only one designed custom for your boat and use. If the choice is made to use our overseas manufacturers, all these sails are shipped to the Florida loft for a full inspection. If any issues are found we have them addressed at that time, than shipped to the boat owners. All our sails come with a full two year warranty against material and workmanship.
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If yours is a multihull, we have more experience than most other sailmakers on what design and construction is needed. This is our specialty, not a sideline.
Give us a call or e mail to get your next custom sail started.
Each sail order is processed, by Ric Arra in the operations office than, sent to Dave Calvert for design. Our clients are free to ask any questions and work closely with Dave to have sails custom designed and built to their own specifications. Dave's design office is in the Bahamas office. He is also often in the field racing multihulls and cruising between the Bahamas, Caribbean, and Florida. Few sail designers are as "hands on" as Dave. A life time of racing, cruising and sail making has given him the intimate knowledge of sails few will ever have. Call Dave or Ric to start the process of having the best designed and built multihull sails for your catamaran or