Leela Year Six - Across the Pacific

Well.... to our own surprise here we are

14 May 2020 | Tahiti, French Polynesia
08 May 2020 | Enroute Gambiers to Tahiti
30 April 2020 | Rikitea, Gambiers, French Polynesia
26 March 2020
24 March 2020 | The Gambiers, French Polynesia
08 March 2020 | Taravai Island, The Gambiers
03 March 2020 | Airport Anchorage, Gambier
21 February 2020 | Kouaku, Gambier Islands
17 February 2020 | Rikitea, Mangareva, Gambier Islands
12 February 2020 | Rikitea, Mangareva Island, The Gambiers
25 January 2020 | Nuku Hiva
22 January 2020 | Ua Huka
14 December 2019 | Tahiti
16 November 2019 | Taiohae Bay, Nuku Hiva
07 November 2019 | Baie Marquisienne, Nuku Hiva, Marquesas Archipelago, French Polynesia
05 November 2019 | Baie Marquisienne, Nuku Hiva, Marquesas Archipelago, French Polynesia
03 November 2019 | Nuku Hiva
30 October 2019 | Nuku Hiva, Marquesas Archipelago, French Polynesia
20 October 2019 | Nuku Hiva, Marquesas Archipelago, French Polynesia
11 October 2019 | Raroia Atoll, Tuamotus Archipelago, French Polynesia

Neil Pryde Genoa - not good

21 March 2015
When we bought the boat it had a really nice Neil Pryde genoa. It had a great shape but was sun damaged (incorrectly wrapped on furler) so we decided to do a direct replacement. Oh how the mighty have fallen. The new sail was not remotely like the original. The material felt cheap and the cut was IMHO way off. The leach bagged, the center was flat and it just did not set well.
When I tried to return it I got the "custom sails are not returnable" treatment. I argued that it was not fit for purpose. Then I got the "operator error" treatment. Eventually they took it back, apparently tested it and surprise, suprise, proclaimed it satisfactory. They clearly have different expectations to me. That is where we stand now. They have both the sail (my choice - I have no use for it) and my money. I am probably going to have to write off several thousand dollars on this one.
The lesson? Paying a bit more up front for a high quality product can save a bunch of money and make you a LOT happier. I hate the waste but we now have a wonderful suite of sails so I definitely do not regret rejecting it.
Vessel Name: Leela
Vessel Make/Model: Bristol 38.8
Hailing Port: Portsmouth, NH
Crew: Graham and Janaki
We are a Brit and an Australian now based in the wonderful community of Portsmouth, New Hampshire. We have a delightful home there but a couple of years ago we began to feel a bit over-domesticated so we thought we would buy another boat and head south. [...]
Leela, a Bristol 38.8 has turned out to be a wonderful cruising boat for us. Some might find it a little cramped by modern standards but it feels like just the right balance of living space and storage to us. She sails like a dream. She is remarkably well balanced and is comfortable in pretty [...]
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