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Last update: 10 Nov 2019

Sails

Ocean Sails Tahiti

2019-09-24 19:20:14 UTC

Island: Tahiti


Michel 689-8771-1686 (oceansailstahiti@gmail.com)

9-2019 SV Sugar Shack
We had Oceans Sails (Michel Pegart Maitre Voilier) do repair work on our sail bag and he did not do a good job.  After visiting his sail loft and speaking to him about types of threads used and process, we felt confident he’d do good work.  We asked him to quote the repairs on our sail bag (strengthen and reinforce) and small spinnaker (we blew out clew).  The sail bag was the priority as we had a backup spinnaker. 

With the sail bag we asked him to patch the small holes, reinforce all stitching, reinforce the batten sleeves, and re-attach our name flap which came off.  He said it would be “no problem, easy job, and could be done in a few weeks at very little money.”  Several weeks later, my husband went to pick it up and paid $600 (more than a little money to us, but our bad for not getting an exact quote first).  When my husband went to install the sail bag, he noticed several areas had the new stitching already coming out (Michel failed to lock stitch the beginning and ends).  In addition, in several places the stitching was crooked when it should have been straight.  Unfortunately, we had guests coming and needed the sail bag up. So, my husband finished with the install before we had to leave. 

In addition, with the spinnaker he said it would cost well over $1,000 to repair or he would have to cut it down and charge a little less.  This is an 18-year-old spinnaker so it was not worth the cost to repair.  We took it back.

 We were very disappointed in the work from Ocean Sails.  We had higher expectations since he had several good reviews, the loft was professional and he “said all the right things.” Very poor craftsmanship and work.  


6-2019 SV Panache
There are at least two sail makers in Tahiti. Michel owns OST and does first class work. He is not inexpensive, but you get what you pay for. He speaks excellent English. We know several cruisers who used him and they were all pleased. He is located near Marina Taina

SV Airborne 9-2018
 We had him take our sails down and fix up any tears or chafing on them (14,500 nm), and he fixed our SS bracket that lifts our main sail (rounded and polished it to stop the cutting action it had at the head of the main when it was down), he rounded the ends of our battens so that they now slip into the pockets with little effort. He fixed the lazy jack sail bag that had gotten frayed on a passage when the second reef line became tangled around the end. He did a great job of repairing it and making sure that it did not look like a repair at all. It was a brand new North Sail cradle (they don’t like it when you refer to it as a bag), so we wanted to make sure it did not look like it had been repaired, and Michel made it look better than new He also is building an enclosure for the fly bridge stair wells on our L450 to stop rain from soaking the rear cockpit. He speaks English and French and is very personable. He charges about what everyone else in Tahiti charges (about $60/hr). He is very busy in high season, but seems to have more time in low season.