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Carol Hasse and the Port Townsend Sails Crew

CAROL HASSE has been a sailmaker and owner of Hasse & Company Port Townsend Sails, Inc. since 1978. The sails made by Ms. Hasse's loft are world renowned. For two decades, the Seven Seas Cruising Association's membership surveys have acknowledged Port Townsend Sails for building the best offshore cruising sails available anywhere.

Hasse came to sailmaking fro a love of cruising. She has logged over 45,000 offshore miles in northern and southern latitudes on wood, fiberglass, ferro-cement, and steel boats ranging in size from 25-100 feel. She has sailed on both mono and multi-hulls and on vessels with traditional and modern rigs. She has been involved personally and professionally in the building of fiberglass and wood boats and has owned a 25-foot wood Nordic Folkboat since 1979.

Hasse is a founding board member of the Wooden Boats Foundation: Its premier event is the annual Port Townsend Wooden Boat Festival. Hasse currently serves on the board of the Northwest Maritime Center. She is a regular judge at the Victoria Classic Boat Festival and has served in the past as a judge for Cruising World's Boat of the Year competition at the Annapolis Boat Show.

Hasse regularly lectures for the Wooden Boat Foundation and the Northwest School of Wooden Boat Building. She is active in teaching and lecturing on sailmakeing, sail repair, sail inventory, and sail handling. Instructional venues include sail training vessels, boat shows, yacht clubs, offshore cruising seminars, Safety at Sea seminars, and Port Townsend Sails' in-loft Hands-On Sail Repair Seminars. Ms. Hasse has an ISPA instructor's certificate and her USCG 100-ton near coastal masters auxiliary sail license. She has been active in women's and youth sail training in the Northwest and the South Pacific for over 25 years.

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Our mission is to contribute to the self-reliance and confidence of our customers and to the integrity and tradition of the sailmaking craft by providing hands-on education and by building the highest quality cruising sails available anywhere.

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THE CREW
Port Townsend Sails has been in business at the same location at Point Hudson Harbor since 1978 in a building that has become known locally as "The Sail Loft" building. As of January 2010, the crew of Port Townsend Sails is composed of eleven women with collective sailmaking experience of over 100 years. Carol Hasse has been the owner of the business since 1978, and two of our sailmakers have been working with Carol for over 20 years. Our crew is highly skilled and motivated to provide professional, personal service whether working on new sails or sail repairs. More than half of our crew has lived or currently lives aboard their own sail boats adding to their knowledge about sails and their appreciation for your concerns as you seek to acquire or maintain your sail inventory. All members of our crew have sailed or cruised aboard boats of varying sizes and rigs.

Professional design, meticulous construction, and traditional handwork are elemental to our voyaging sails. With a sail from our loft, you will experience the pure joy of traditional craftsmanship and the performance of custom designed shape.

Excellent fit and set are achieved through thorough and conscientious measuring, custom design, and computer plotting/lofting. Structural integrity is achieved through the use of appropriate cloth, quality hardware, and good stress distribution in panel layout and patch construction. Effective sail area and draft is determined through thorough assessment of rig, hull, and voyaging plans. Durability is a primary goal in our sail construction. Extra layers of cloth are used in high load and chafe prone areas. Our traditional handwork is unmatched by any production loft.

Maintainability is integral to our sail construction. Our sails are sewn with extra wide seams to accommodate the inevitable need to re-stitch at some point during the life of a sail. Hand-sewn seizings don’t chafe sails or hardware, and hand-sewn rings and hanks can be replaced without damaging the hardware. Follow-up: we provide in-loft and onboard detail and usability checks to ensure customer and professional satisfaction.