Where Credit is Due: August 2011

WEEMS & PLATHMoorhouse Sailmakers

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When the hands and mechanism on my Weems & Plath clock/tide clock malfunctioned, I sent the unit to the company (www.weems-plath.com) for repair. While I didn’t know the age of the unit, because it came with my used 1996 Sabre 362, I fully expected it was beyond any warranty period and was prepared to pay repair costs.

To my pleasant surprise, Weems & Plath returned the unit with a new movement at no charge. In addition, they provided a discount coupon with 25 percent off on any purchase from the Weems & Plath catalog.

Such service beyond the norm warrants commendation and a recommendation as a company that stands behind its products.

Bob Kane
Cheers, Sabre 362
Coan River, Va.

I have a three-year-old genoa that Moorhouse Sailmakers (www.mhsails.com) made for me. It has the Reef-Rite KIWI slides on the luff. The Moorhouse team expertly installed these unorthodox slides on my new sail, and the boat has pulled like a locomotive ever since.

After a “spirited sail” pre-season this year, I noticed the stitching on the head and tack webbing needed service. (The webbing is always exposed to UV since it isn’t protected by the furling sail’s UV cover.)

I called Moorhouse, and even though it was the busiest time of year for sailmakers, owner Skip Moorhouse told me to bring the sail in right away (on a Saturday morning). They expertly repaired the stitching and also found the leach stitching needed to be re-stitched as well. (This sail has had TONS of use. We sail every weekend in all sorts of weather.) Skip performed all the sewing while I waited, and the price was more than fair.

When I need new sails, I won’t be sending my own measurements offshore. I’ll again be calling Moorhouse!

Gene Smith
S/V ALMA
Cherry Hill, N.J.

Darrell Nicholson, editor of Practical Sailor, grew up boating on Miami’s Biscayne Bay on everything from prams to Morgan ketches. Two years out of Emory University, after a brief stint as a sportswriter, he set out from Miami aboard a 60-year-old wooden William Atkin ketch named Tosca. For 10 years, he and writer-photographer Theresa Gibbons explored the Caribbean, crossed the Pacific, and cruised Southeast Asia aboard Tosca, working along the way as journalists and documenting their adventures for various travel and sailing publications, including Cruising World, Sail, Sailing, Cruising Helmsman, and Sailing World. Upon his return to land life, Darrell became the associate editor, then senior editor at Cruising World magazine, where he worked for five years. Before taking on the editor’s position at Practical Sailor, Darrell was the editor of Offshore magazine, a boating-lifestyle magazine serving the New England area. Darrell has won multiple awards from Boating Writer’s International, including the Monk Farnham award for editorial excellence. He holds a U.S. Coast Guard 100-ton Master license and has worked as a harbor pilot and skippered a variety of commercial charter boats.

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