History

Port Townsend Sails was founded in 1978 by Carol Hasse.

The sails made by Port Townsend Sails / Hasse and Co. 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 from 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.
While retired, Hasse continues to provide in an advisory role for Port Townsend Sails, and lecture for the Wooden Boat Foundation, boat shows around the country, and for various sailing associations. She is active in teaching and lecturing on sailmaking, sail repair, sail inventory, and sail handling and instructional venues include sail training vessels, boat shows, yacht clubs, offshore cruising seminars, Safety at Sea seminars. Ms. Hasse has an ISPA instructor’s certificate and her USCG 100-ton near coastal Master’s 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.

In 2021 Hasse retired and the Port Townsend Shipwrights Coop purchased Port Townsend Sails / Hasse and Co.

Port Townsend Shipwright’s Coop

In 1981, a group of shipwrights in Port Townsend banded together to purchase a ship saw. They built a shop over it and created a viable space to work on all types of boats. Over 30 years later Port Townsend Shipwrights, Inc. has expanded to four buildings and is able to offer a living wage to over 32 employees. And we have been able to keep alive the historical trade of working on boats.

Our Guarantee –

We will build sails to serve you well in all your cruising adventures. Port Townsend Sails guarantees the following:

  • Excellent fit and set
  • Uncompromised structural integrity
  • Modern design efficiency
  • Durability
  • Maintainability
  • Follow-up to ensure your (and our) satisfaction

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 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 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.