Sails we make are divided into two different groups.
Most sails are straight forward in how they are made. They have
normal measurements, normal fittings, and other features that are
common to about 95 percent of all sails made.
Other sails are "Specialty Sails". These sails are significantly
different than a standard sail. These sails often have features such
as drop leech, gaff conversion sails, mainsails made out of
Spinnaker cloth, wrap around sails, special mast bend sails, special
asymmetrical designs supplied by the customer, etc., etc. If a
customer submits a unique sail design to use, we would also consider
that a specialty sail, as we did not do the sail design.
Specialty sails require special communication between the end user
and the sailmaker. We can make any sail the sailor wants, but when
the drawings are presented, the sailor needs to take extra care to
see that the drawings are correct and he also should note that the
tolerance standards are different. For instance, if a customer wants
an 8" mast bend built into his sail, this will effect the sail
design MGM and MGU. Perhaps the sailor wants a special
mainsail that overlaps the backstay, this can cause wear on the
batten pockets. Some sailors want partial batten sails with roach
way beyond what normal partial battens can handle, etc, etc. We will
often mark a sail as a specialty sail if we see an unusual rig or
difficult measurements from a customer.