Have you ever wondered of getting into the sailmaking business? Well, after doing it for living for almost 40 years, I thought I could share some insights on sharing your life with a sewing machine.
Lets take a look of the pros first.
Thinking of sailing is not a pastime, it’s your job. And when your significant other notices that you are surfing the sites such as Sailing Anarchy or evaluating the latest boat and sail designs, you can always pretend that you have an important development project going on when in fact all you do is to get you daily fix of internet sailing. As an added bonus, it’s really easy to be perceived as a person who is really devoted to his or her work (and usually we sailmakers are).
You get to see all the cool boats. Granted, as a sailmaker you have an access to some pretty great boats. And you’ll be asked to sail them as well!
You can make sails for your own boat. For many sailmakers, this has been one of the main reasons of getting into the business in the first place. At least it was for us.
You will always know the latest trends when it comes to cloth. And I don’t mean the kind of cloth you see in Vogue.
You can do moonlighting for fashion designers as long as they are happy with your cut and cloth choice. I’m sure that a radial cut dress sewn with MAXX cloth would be a hit on the catwalk.
There are probably many more perks when you take up sewing sails, such as beautiful women, handsome men and great tan, but there are also cons.
When you see a sailboat, you think of work. So in order to enjoy sailmaking, you have to like working 😉 Can’t really think of any other negatives…