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Welcome to Bullet Sails

Bullet Sails is the home of David Sample, the premier custom sailmaker in Little Rock, Arkansas. Dave has been building sails since 1990, and he's been repairing and recutting sails since 1983 (back in the twentieth century!).

Bullet Sails power a number of boats, both at the Grande Maumelle Sailing Club (GMSC) and elsewhere. He's currently (September '09) working on a massive mainsail for Warner Schwarz's custom-built K-30, using D4 Loadpath fabric from Dimension Polyant. (You can see pictures of that sail on the workbench on the materials page.) The list of boats flying Bullet Sails includes such boats as

  • J-22
  • J-24
  • J-80
  • S2 7.9
  • Flying Scot
  • Corsair 28
  • Alerion 28
  • Impulse 21
  • Prindle 19
and a couple of custom-designed and built 30 footers.

Buying Sails

You won't find a handy page for placing orders here. Bullet Sails are designed and built with in-depth consultation with you, the buyer, and with relevant measurements of your boat's mast. You can buy sails elsewhere with a few mouse clicks and a credit card, but you won't get sails that meet your needs without the interaction Bullet Sails insists on. That interaction doesn't stop when your sails are delivered. Dave will work with you to tune the sails on your boat so you can realize their full potential. Instead of filling out a nice looking order form, just call or email us and we'll figure out together how to meet your needs.

Not Just a Sailmaker

Dave recently finished a 3-year stint serving as the Race Committee Chair at GMSC in Little Rock, staging 3 and even 4 races on many days. He's taken on that role again for the winter series. Dave can often be found at the club giving tips and advice to any sailor with a question.

Over the years he's given a number of seminars and coaching sessions. In August this year Dave volunteered an afternoon with the Flying Scot fleet at GMSC. He emphasized rounding the weather mark using heel and mainsheet rather than the rudder. Dumping the mainsheet at the mark, combined with keeping crew weight on the rail to induce enough weather heel, allows the boat to fall off around the mark with little braking effect from the rudder. Don't forget to approach the mark leaving enough room to leeward to allow dumping the main without hitting the mark with the boom, especially in a boat with a boom as long as the Flying Scot's.

Take a look through the site. You'll find pictures and advice and whatever else happens to get thrown in here!

Updated 27 September, 2009

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