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Custom Sails | Sail Repair | Rigging


From traditional vessel sail design to today’s most modern concepts, we deliver time and time again.


High quality products and service is our top priority. Our master sailmakers take pride in every stitch…and it shows.


With over 30 years experience behind us, you can count on years of performance.

Penobscot Bay’s Sailmaker

With over 30 year’s experience along the shores of the greatest sailing grounds in the world, Bohndell Sails is Maine’s Penobscot Bay go-to sailmaker. All sail design, production, and repair is done right here at our Rockport, Maine, facility.

Whether you’re sailing through or a Penobscot Bay regular, count on Bohndell Sails to care for your sails as much as you care for your boat.

Sail Repair • Sail Design • Off-Season Storage

Bohndell Sails and Rigging has meant quality and value for Maine sailors for generations. Located in the heart of Penobscot Bay, our full service loft can meet all of your boating needs. Our sails are known as some of the most durable, high quality cruising sails available today. We design our sails in-house, using a modern computer-driven design program and CAD system, and fabrics produced in the United States.

Our sailmakers balance modern techniques with the values of old-fashioned craftmanship. We proudly install Scheafer boom furlers for mainsails, Furlex and Harken headsail furlers, lifelines, standing and running rigging. We are a Furlex regional service center. Bohndell offers one-stop shopping for your sail and furling needs.

Sail and canvas washing and repairs are performed with all the care that we would give our own sails.

How do I remove rust stains from my sails?

Woven Dacron (polyester) resists solvents and cleansers quite well. A commercially available product called “Whink” ( works well at rust removal.

How long will my new sails last?

With proper care and use, you can expect great performance for many years. The useable life of any sail is greatly determined by how it’s used and cared for.

How often should sails be cleaned?

That depends on their surrounding environment, but generally once a year. Dirt and soil can chafe the fibers of your sails. Carbon based airborne pollutants (ie. exhaust) can both breakdown the finish and retain moisture, which promotes the development of mildew. Having your sails cleaned at reasonable intervals allows them to be inspected for signs of wear.

What are those black streaks on the UV cover and on the sail?

The black streaks you see on your sail are caused by air pollution which is caught by raindrops and deposited on your sails and boat. Additional grime can mark your sails as they make contact with the standing rigging, which is also prone to holding dirt. If your boat is moored or docked in areas of heavy pollution (ie. near airports, factories, etc.), you will likely see more discoloration than would someone in a different environment.

What's causing the tiny black dots all over my sails?

Mildew. Sails provide a great place for mildew to grow and thrive. The best defense against mildew is keeping your sails clean and dry. This is especially true with laminate sails. Never stow your sails when they are wet. The sun’s UV rays kill mildew spores, so sailing often is another way to prevent and to remove mildew from sails.

Contact Us

Physical Address:
198 Commercial St.
Rockport, ME 04856


Mailing Address:
PO Box 628
Rockport, Maine 04856

Custom Sails | Sail Repair | Rigging

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