Leela Year Six - Across the Pacific

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

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
05 October 2019 | Raroia Atoll, Tuamotus Archipelago, French Polynesia
15 September 2019 | Raroia Atoll, Tuamotus Archipelago, French Polynesia
13 September 2019 | Raroia Atoll, Tuamotus Archipelago, French Polynesia
07 September 2019 | Raroia Atoll, Tuamotus Archipelago, French Polynesia
03 September 2019 | Raroia Atoll, Tuamotus Archipelago, French Polynesia
27 August 2019 | S Pacific Ocean
23 August 2019 | Nuku Hiva
20 August 2019 | Nuku Hiva, French Polynesia
13 August 2019 | On passage S. Pacific
08 August 2019 | On passage S. Pacific
30 July 2019 | Puerto Aroya, Galapagos
24 July 2019 | Galapagos
17 July 2019 | Isla San Christobal, Galapagos
13 July 2019 | San Christobal, Galapagos

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.
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Vessel Name: Leela
Vessel Make/Model: Bristol 38.8
Hailing Port: Portsmouth, NH
Crew: Graham and Janaki
About:
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. [...]
Extra:
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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