Happy Doyle Ploch Clients
Meet another group of happy Doyle Ploch clients.
There's just nothing like hoisting up the trophy after a tough
And there's just nothing like Doyle Sails to help you get
To read some of the letters and comments
sent to us by our many happy clients, scroll down.
from Happy Clients
This is an email from 2007 J109 National Champion Steve
Tedeschi to another J109 competitor who inquired about his
Doyle Ploch sails. His praise for Doyle Ploch sails speaks
for itself. Please take a moment to read it below.
It is great to hear from you. I can honestly say
that there is not a faster set of sails out in the
marketplace, and I honestly believe that we have an
edge over the competition. I have a unique
perspective to have an opinion like this since I
have had North, UK, and Doyle sails on my 105's and
109's (I have owned multiples of each.) And the
latest set of Doyle's have been the best yet.
As an overall look at, there is no sail maker better
than North at trying to figure out the fastest shape
before they even have a boat to test. Their sails
out of the box typically hits the mark and you pay
for this premium. It takes a little while for
everyone else to catch up, and then they usually do,
by experimenting and making constant changes, each
time getting closer to the optimum shape, eventually
surpassing their own and Norths computer models.
To make these optimizations possible there needs to
be the right recipe. You need a sail maker that
understands aerodynamics, and sail design to be able
communicate with the head designer who is also
willing to listen, and this sail maker needs a
boat(s) that races in a consistent manner against
the top of their respective class on a regular
know that both Doyle and UK have done this and have
spent much more time on the water with the top boats
than their competition. Between Doyle and UK it is a
no brainer for me. Since I don't like to speak
negative I will speak positively about Doyle. I
think in 2007 the Doyle program has out performed,
out lasted, and out serviced their competition.
Performance: I think the record speaks for itself in
2007: Block Island Race Week, East Coast
Championships, North American Championships,
Larchmont NOOD, Buzzards Bay Regatta, Key West Race
Out Lasted: None of my sails and to my knowledge no
other J109 Doyle sails inexplicably fell apart
either at the seems or some other stress point which
would indicate faulty construction. In addition the
sails have held their shape significantly longer
than the competition, which I still own some.
Out Serviced: This tends to be more of a local
thing, I can just say Doyle/Ploch has been
exemplerary in their service. Timely and responsive.
Now the way I look at it you can pay a lot more for
the North's, which are very good sails, were
probably the fastest design three years ago, and
have an excellent nation wide network, and the sails
you get may or may not be the exact same as the guy
who ordered them same time. (Consistency is an issue
with 3dl string technology)
Or you could choose between UK's and Doyles. I think
for your money Doyle is a superior product, the
record shows that in both results and longevity.
NOW ONE FINAL SUGGESTION, and by far the most
IMPORTANT, is if you go with Doyle, Make sure you
ask for the newest Design that Came out of the
DOYLE/PLOCH loft. The sails we used at the NA's and
the other regattas were not the stock sails. (Make
sure your sails man calls Mark PLoch or better yet,
call him yourself to make sure you are getting what
you want) The Spinaker, I am confident in saying
is the best one out there, went through major
redesign, the main and jibs are also different.
Since you tune the rig to the sails, and if you get
the same Doyle cut as we have, we can help you get
the boat set up the same way and explain how we sail
the boat, which is pretty different than than the
Please call me if you have any questions and look
forward to seeing you out their with a new set of
To: Tim Stodola - Doyle Ploch Sails
Hello from near the midway point Galapagos to the
Marquesas. We wanted to tell you how thrilled we are
with the spinnaker. We have used it a TON. The winds
have been often under ten kts almost always aft of the
beam. We have had the APC up now for the last 36 hours
straight and I couldn't help but write to let you know.
It has really kept us moving often with apparent winds
of ZERO. 4-5 kts of breeze and we are doing the same.
and Leona, S/V
Orinoco Flow, Bristol 45
Thanks a lot for the UPS sail you sent to me last September
for my Bavaria. It has taken a little bit of time for me to
answer, as my photos were lost... these computer backups of
today ... ggrr
But I finally got them and here you have my report with
The file is 11 Megabytes large because the fotos are in
full quality. Please feel free to use that for your homepage
or forum if you wish.
Thanks to your team and happy Xmas!
Yours Antonio Martinez
From Rona at Caper Fear Yachts
The D4s we bought back in 2003 are now on Tom Sheffield's
boat - see his comments below about your sails..
... I happen to think the Doyle product is pretty freaking
durable, the two aforementioned working sails (main, jib)
stay on the boat now and they're truly as good as new...
Comments of Ray Mannix after winning Clearwater to Key
Our Doyle D4 sails were very versatile, keeping their
superior shape through a variable wind velocity range. When
many of our competitors were making headsail changes, we
continued to sail fast by adjusting the sails to wind and
wave conditions. At all times, I was confident in the
performance of the sails. They continued to work hard, hold
strong and did not loose their shape. The match up of the
Semper Fi crew and Doyle sails contributed greatly to our
first place victory.
Owner/Skipper “Semper Fi”
|Excerpts of letter to Bob Saunders
I am writing a quick note to let you know how pleased I am
that I chose you and Doyle Sailmakers to be the sail loft
for my boat. Of all the vendors and trades I used, you are
the only one that delivered the product and service on the
original planned date. I would like to thank you for the
efforts you and your associates in Florida(Doyle Ploch) and
Australia(Doyle Fraser) made to achieve that success.
In addition to being pleased by your service, the sails
themselves are outstanding. I am very pleased that I chose
your D4 product. The shape is superb and the finish work
excellent. I have also been very pleased with the Spinnaker
that I purchased.
In summary, I have been very satisfied with both the sails
and service provided by your team and I plan to continue to
purchase my sails from you in the future.
C&C 37+ "ELECTRON"
Excerpts of letter to Tim Stodola
I am one day out from Lagos, Portugal. An Atlantic Crossing
single-handed to the Azores and one non experienced crew
member added from Horta to Lagos.
I am truly amazed at how well the combination of sails and
the roller furlings are to handle. I can easily control all
sail changes and adjustments from the cockpit. I do have to
go up to the bow to set the UPS spinnaker, but I come back
to unfurl it. It works great.
The sail combination is well balanced and easy to control.
Up to 20 knots, I use the full main and the #1 Jib. Over 20
knots, I roll in the #1 and roll out the working jib. She is
a perfect balance. Twice, I have had 30 - 35 knot winds,
once from port and once from starboard. The main comes down
easily to about 2/3 and handles it well.
Congratulations! You have made a perfect combination for my
Hunter 466. I may want to add a bigger chute when coming
back across from the Canaries to Antigua. Hunter wants my
boat to represent them at the boat show there for the
charter company buyers the first week in December.
Mike Harker S/V "WanderLust"
|Excerpts of letter to Tim Stodola
RE: Your UPS Sail is Grrrrreat !!
As you may remember, we purchased a UPS Sail for our Caliber
40 LRC earlier this year. I intended to drop you a note
sooner, but I'm finally getting to it. This sail is the best
thing that has happened to our boat. Heavy boats sail very
slowly or not at all in the all-too-frequent light air of
Tampa Bay and the west coast of Florida. This sail allows us
to enjoy sailing in the four to eight knots of wind that
previously required use of the "Yanmar Jib". It has turned
motoring days into sailing days. More amazingly, we can sail
to windward with it; I'm just amazed at how high we can
point with this sail. Finally, the roller furling makes
setting and retrieving it a breeze. Our previous boat had an
asymmetrical spinnaker, and it was a hassle for one person,
even with a sock. This UPS is a snap to use, so we don't
hesitate to put it up.
We plan to go cruising for several months next spring and
look forward to being able to sail rather than motor much of
Again, thanks for a great sail and the excellent service
you provided along with it.
Ken and Becky McAmis s/v Water Music
|Excerpts of letter to Doyle Ploch
My old main blew out two weeks prior to a vacation planned
around my boat. I had made several attempts to contact
"other companies" to see how quickly I could get a
replacement. I got my sail a day earlier than promised, and
the whole thing was priced better than what I would have had
to wait 6 to 8 weeks for from another vender. My hats off
(and future business) to Doyle Sails. The Doyle main sail is
a work of art. I couldn't be happier!
|Excerpts of letter to Tim Stodola
To: Tim Stodola
Re: Santana 23
Tim- I bought a Blade and a 135 for my Santana 23 from
you a couple of years ago and the sails have been great. We
now have 5 of the original Santana 23's in our fleet.
Everyone is using everything from UK Tapes to 3DL'S. One of
our boats talked Jeff Madrigali with North into making 3DL's
for him 2 years ago. We have won the fleet championship the
last 2 years and your sails have been a major part of that.
I am looking for a new spinnaker and would like a quote for
both a runner and an AP. We normally have winds above 12 so
I am probably leaning more towards a runner.
Thanks Again! Ernie French
|Excerpts of letter to Tim Stodola
To: Tim Stodola - Doyle Ploch Clearwater
Re: Westsail 43 Full batten main with the Tides Strong Track
Hey Tim: just a short note to let you know our Strong system
worked great on our recent trip to the Exumas. We
encountered a bit of weather in the Gulf Stream and had no
problems with the set-up. I forget how many times we had to
go to 1st or 2nd reef and undo her again! The full batten
system is the way to go.
Thanks for the great advice.
Mike Beilan W-43 INFINI
|Excerpts of letter to Tim Stodola
Thanks very much for your price quote for a new Genoa for my
Island Packet 27.Regarding the Doyle Stack Pack mainsail and
Tides Track that we recently purchased from your company, I
can not tell you how much my wife and I enjoy the ease of
using the system. The main goes up without hardly any effort
and even more importantly comes down quickly and is secure
in the bag. This is so important when you need to lower the
sail when conditions warrant. We are both especially
appreciative of the advice and support you provided both
before and after the purchase and installation of the sail.