5 years later and it has begun!
Last summer I ordered a complete suite of sails from sailrite. The kit sat untouched until winter. At the start of this year I finally got around to building the sails.
My sail repertoire will contain
- RF Yankee
- RF Staysail
- Standard Main with half-length battens and 'factory' roach
Sailrite has the Baba 30 in their database and confirmed that my measurements match what they have.
Make no mistake, this is a BIG job. If you are contemplating this, you really should invest in the Sailrite LSZ-1 machine. I purchased a machine that appears to be the machine Sailrite uses as their base. After upgrading the machine I've spent about the same as I would have on an LSZ-1. I will write an article on that machine soon.
This takes up a lot of room. My basement is very small. We live in the city and I have maybe 25' x 12' to work with. Surprising, this is enough room to work on a large portion of the sail. The key is to roll up the sail as you are working on it. Where it will be difficult is when it comes time to sew on the edge seams, luff tape, and sacrificial Sunbrella. For that, I will either use a local gymnasium or a friend of mine's basement (he owns an apartment building).