Welcome to Really Simple Sails

Our Philosophy

Really Simple Sails is a Philippines owned business making sails for the world market.

Goat Island skiff with a modest price sail - reallysimplesails.com

We have worked closely with small boat designer Michael Storer who helped us to develop the sail shapes for his well known designs like the Goat Island Skiffs, the OzRacers, OzGoose and Perttu Korhonen’s Ocean Explorer micro cruiser.

Excellent sails at a modest price in stock designs - reallysimplesails.com

We can now make custom sails at our excellent quality and price and also make custom colours of our standard sails by special order. Please contact us direct by email.

Slowly we will increase the range of sails we produce.  We do not make sails for just any boat, but choose which boats we will make sails for.  At this stage we are concentrate on Michael Storer designs and working with his customers to continually develop the sails to be better and better.

Same Quality at Lower Cost

The sails are built of the same quality of materials as sails that you would buy in the USA, Canada, UK, Europe, or Europe.

eyelets used in sails manufactured by Really Simple Sails

However we use our lower costs and source the same cloth used around the rest of the world closer to its source to keep the prices down. These sails are the same quality materials that you will get in your own countries with the same durability.

Quality UV resistant thread used by Really Simple Sails

We are both the owners of the business and the people who cut and sew your sails. We take them to the onforwarder or post office to send to agents around the world.

Some of the agents will be well known to home boat builders.  Duckworks, Duck Flat Wooden Boats, Fyne boat kits.  Our aim is to match the quality these agents expect with the lower costs to make their customers happy.

Not a Competition Sail but Durable and Well Made

The idea behind our products is that they are a little more simplified in shape compared to conventionally made sails.

Making sail patch preassemblies - reallysimplesails.com

They are not a performance substitute for well made racing sails from a recognized loft but at just over half the cost of a good sail from a USA loft or well under half the cost of a commercial sail from Australia, Europe or the UK.

High tenacity sailcloth - reallysimplesails.com


16 thoughts on “Welcome to Really Simple Sails

  1. can you make a sail for my SCAMP sail boat…100ft lug sail. please email me back.
    i live in the philippines in panay Iloilo A US expat here.
    the size is on this web page.

    • Hi Fred,

      Edna aked me to answer your question.

      First of all – RSS will be making sails for the Goat Island Skiff and the OzRacer series of boats.

      However, there might be some help for you. I emailed John Welsford for dimensions of the SCAMP sails. There is a reasonable comparison to the Goat Island Skiff sails. We have some trial Goat Island Skiff sails for around $100 less than our normal retail. I am checking to see if they would work.

      Another way would be to ask on the Pinoyboats.org forum about getting sails directly from Neil Pryde who makes the sails for SCAMP in Cebu.

      Pinoy boatbuilding amateur boat building in the Philippines resources information sources

      The problem there is that they don’t sell sails inside the Philippines normally but one person on the Pinoy Boats forum has a contact who has helped people out from time to time. Give me a couple of days to get the info from John and we can check the GIS sail. It would be very cost effective.

      Do you know the length of the mast from where it comes out through the cabin top to the top of the mast. I need to check that measurement too. Thankyou!


  2. Kevin Cavanagh says:

    Re the cost of a Sail to suit the Goat Island Skiff. I live in Sydney.

    • Howdy Kevin,

      We are still trying to sort out the USA side of things before we really start with Australia. HOwever …

      I do have some stock that we’ll keep out out of the distribution network. If you haven’t made the yard and boom yet we do have some seconds. They are just as good as the standard sail, but they are a bit flatter in the head and they are set up to be loose footed only. The cloth was cut with the wrong orientation for a laced foot sail (the standard sails are cut to take the loads either way.

      This requires that the yard be built a bit stiffer. If all of the diameter dimensions are increased by 3mm it will match these sails better.

      With the boom I’m recommending a box boom with 6mm ply sides and timber in the top and 12mm timber top and bottom to make a box about 110mm deep and total of 57mm wide. If you haven’t yet started cutting out the GIS plywood you can reshuffle the smaller ply bits to make the space available. Some taper in the vertical dimension in the ends like the original boom can make it looks much nicer.

      People who like to tweak boats will enjoy having a loose footed mainsail. It is more efficient and more adaptable for different wind conditions.

      We are looking at selling those non compatible sails with a further reduction of our prices. They are good sails but don’t match the standard method we are selling.

      Please email me (email on the plans cover) if any of this is not clear or you want extra information. We have two more of these loose footed sails … anyone in Oz interested can put a message below.


      • G’day Michael

        As I’ve yet to make the yard but I’ve already made a box boom to support a loose footed sail I’d be very interested.

        Cheers Dan
        (Perth, Oz)

  3. Ian. Tattersall says:

    Hiya, I’ve had an old hull of a wanderer dinghy (the one smaller than the wayfarer) sat in my yard in Greece for a while. To simplify things and because I can’t get parts for the original rigging out here, I was going to fit it out with a balanced lug rig. I don’t want to go racing or breaking any records, I just want something for the family to potter around the bays in the summer. Do you think your GIS sail would work?
    Thank you Ian Tattersall

    • Hi Ian,

      Yes, I think it would work. Most important thing is to make sure the centre of the new sail matches the centre of the old sails.

      Also that the mast step and partner are strong enough … they really only transfer load into the ply of the hull and deck respectively with the deck taking most of the load.

      Contact me if it seems feasible .. or we reply here is fine.

    • Ian Tattersll says:

      I,ve ran the tape measure over the hull and I think it will work. It is a little difficult getting old designs and drawings of old Wayfarers and Wanderers as apparently the owners of the design wont release them.
      I,m sure with a bit of tweaking I can make it work. Thanks for your help

      • Hi Ian,

        The ply of the bottom and the deck will take the mast thrusts very well with some planning. Just have to make sure there is enough area in the pieces of wood (normally about 19mm thick under the deck and a mast step that buries a minimum of 25mm.

        I can help with bonding area advice or how to tie it into existing structure if that helps.

        Spar diameters and tapers can be gotten from the OzRacer RV plan for 20 dollars (and lengths adjusted. You would have to add 3mm to all the yard diameters and add about 6mm to all the mast cross sections.

        Boom dimensions depend if you have a laced foot or a loose foot boom setup. The standard diameters plus 3mm for the boom are ok for a laced foot.

        Hope this helps


  4. Hi. I’m building a GIS in Darwin, Australia. Do you do GIS sails in any other colours? Red? Green? Looking for a visual hit!


    • Hi James,

      We can now do other colours as special order. However, the coloured sailcloths are not very good quality as there is no volume to make it worthwhile for the sail cloth manufacturers to improve and develop the cloth. The exception is the tanbark colour which is quite a nice cloth. It is a rusty tannin brown red which looks very nice with darker colour hulls. I like it particularly with Green but it does suit lots of different hull colours .. I would keep away from reds and oranges for the hull though.


    • Here is an example of the tanbark on a Galway Hooker.

      I will get back to you about what it does to the price. We haven’t done one before.


  5. Hi Michael,

    That colour looks great. Let me know about the price. No great hurry, I’ve only got rudder, daggerboard and mast done so far. Lots of sawdust and epoxy to wade through before I have a boat!


  6. Ahoy there!!

    I have an O’Day Daysailer 2 boat that has a 25′ mast that is very difficult for me to step. I’m 63 years young, but the mast is a bitch to raise.

    I like the 17′ length and 6+’ beam of my boat, but that mast taxes me to the max… only a matter of time before I drop it and do some real damage.

    So, I’m asking if one of your lug sails can be used on my boat without having to move the mast position on my boat.

    I’m looking for a simpler rig, which lug/junk rigs seem to provide.

    I don’t need “high performance.” I just need decent sailing.

    Many thanks for a reply.

    Hal Nash
    Waldport OR

    • Hi Hal,

      A more detailed reply by email.

      If we can work out a way to hold up a lug mast, then the lug sail will simplify your sailing enormously.

      Rigging time and effort can be substantially reduced. Tacking the boat will mean just handling the rudder – you won’t need to touch the sail.

      Best wishes

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