Quick update

Always time for a beer in the garden

Nothing much to report, a mediocre weekend at Lincoln the other weekend, I still can’t seem to make my DF95 go as it should, I think a bit of practice might be in order. I’m well over Covid now, however it seems to have left all three of us rather tired. Whilst all our symptoms were mild it seems that Covid has left a lasting effect which seems to be hard to get rid of. Annoyingly my 10K training has ground to a halt because of this. Hey ho, next year. The big boatyard is coming back to life which is keeping me busy as well as the orders that keep dropping into the inbox for sails and accessories for DF65, DF95 and IOM yachts as well as a couple of RC Lasers recently.

Speaking of RC Lasers we will be having a restock of the shop over the weekend so things that are out of stock now might not be in a couple of days. We’ll also be placing another order with our suppliers early next week for a bunch of parts and sails.

We are back at work six or seven days a week now unless I’m away racing so orders are being manufactured sharpish now and dispatch is usually pretty quick. Shipping times around the world seem to be somewhere about normal, UK is a day or two, Europe is a week or two, Spain and Italy are a little longer, Australia and NZ are a couple of weeks with the USA being the longest at three to four weeks. I guess it is the sheer volume of stuff heading into the USA that slows it all down a bit.

Other than that we are plodding along nicely, no amazingly huge news, just everyday adventures doing what we love by the seaside. When you look at it like that it’s not too sad really…..if only the weather would come good…….

Remember that the shop is open 247 to take your order. Enjoy your Easter weekend and fair winds to you all! Check out a little of our recent work below.

Soch Sails Pricing

Like so many businesses in so many sectors we have seen unprecedented price increases over the last 12 – 18 months. These increases have been in raw materials, outsourced manufacturing labour, heat light and power costs as well as many other incidental increases that aren’t obviously apparent. Silver lining wise the cost of Yorkshire Gold tea has not risen significantly which means that we are still able to plod on.

With the above in mind we have made the tough decision to make a few small tweaks to our DF sail pricing and over the next week some of our accessory pricing. DF65 sails will now start from £33 per suit and DF95 sails will start from £45 per suit. We feel that this is a fair reflection of the current situation and we hope to be able to hold the new pricing for as long as we’ve been able to hang on to the current pricing which has been at the same level since our shop opened in September 2015.

Of course we’ll still be making our sails with the same care and attention to detail that we always have, and we will still be offering the same quick turnaround times that we always have so you’ll be assured of the same top notch products and service that you’ve come to expect from us here at Soch Sails.

New pricing will be effective as soon as the shop is updated sometime later this evening after a cup of Yorkshire Gold……

Racing & Extended Lead Times

Well folks, I hope you’re all in good health. Unfortunately it seems that after a weekend of racing and general mingling with people for the first time in a while I have picked up Covid. The rules in Wales say I need to self isolate for a bit until I get some negative tests then I’m good to go again.

With that in mind I’m not able to go to the post office this week at all and there will be no items heading out the door until early next week.

On the plus side I am able to work from the Soch Sails Skunkwerks based in the back garden of our estate. So, work is progressing on your orders and most of them will be shipped before the middle of next week.

Sorry about that, not much to be done I’m afraid.

The culprit seems to have been my trip to Gosport for the first two rounds of the UK DFTT series. An entirely fun weekend (apart from getting the plague) with some drinking, some racing and lots of catching up with friends both old and new.

Arriving Thursday evening with my co pilot we hit the bar early and had a strong finish when we were kicked out at closing time. Friday wasn’t the best of days weather wise but we had some fun club racing with the DF95 in B rig which was useful as I’d just built a fresh one.

It cleared up later on and we all found ourselves once again at the pub some faired better than others in the Friday night game.

Race day one was looking good with a mix of A and A+ on the 40 DF65’s that raced. I had a stellar day with 199 and took a well deserved third spot after nine races. The pub beckoned once again.

199 looking sporty – Photo Sue Brown

Race day two and the longest day for most of us as it includes a drive home. Time to start the qualifying process for the 2023 DF95 Globals. It seemed that right from the outset I had used up all my talent on Saturday and hadn’t left any for Sunday. At one point I was lying 29th out of the 57 skippers, not great, however I recovered to 16th at the end of the day’s racing which was as much as could hope for I think.

The drive home was pleasant and I’ve found a new dinner spot on the way home which is lovely.

Next stop is Lincoln in a couple of weeks where I can hopefully do a little better with the DF95.

As ever the shop is open 247 to take your order but if you place it between now and Friday please be aware it won’t leave until next week. For those who placed orders through the back half of last week and over the weekend the same applies, although some work did go out on Monday.

Check out some of our recent work below.

Workshop Closed

So, having worked a six day week in three days we have now seen all but two orders out the door and on their way to customers worldwide.

The workshop is now closed until at least Monday lunchtime as I’m away on various trips over the next four and a half days. I’ll keep you updated but please do not expect any orders to leave until Tuesday at the earliest if you place an order during this long weekend.

I’m sure there will be something to see on our Facebook page and perhaps Instagram too, follow @sochsailstimmy on insta.

Busy Times – Production Update.

IOM sails shipping out.

So, we are almost at the end of February, not sure where the month has gone but I’ve spent a lot of it in various workshops listening to some great tunes whilst manufacturing plenty of sails, building RC Laser boats and rigs and packing lots of orders for you guys.

Another productive evening in the Skunkwerks

The IOM sails we posted for sale last night sold within three hours and were numbered and shipped out to a UK skipper this afternoon. We are not far off being almost up to date with our customer orders which is the first time I’ve been able to say that since before Christmas. There are still plenty of trade orders to go at with over 60 rig bags on order and more than 75 suits of sails. There’s no peace for the wicked……

RC Lasers in build.

This post is a little heads up of our movements over the next few weeks so that you can perhaps save yourself a little money on postage.

This week we are closing the workshop on Wednesday evening so I can spend Thursday with Emily and Phoebe before heading South to the Dinghy Show at Farnborough where I’ll be running the activity pool with Mike Weston….how the hell do we end up getting roped into this stuff, I’ll never know but it’s always a giggle. Perhaps a bit late for sail manufacture but if you’re going to be there and need any accessories or RC Laser spares bringing down then please get in touch via the usual channels.

I’m back in the workshop for a week and a half before heading South once again to Gosport on the 11th March. I know there is a good fleet of RC Lasers at the club, if any of you guys want to place an order I can gladly bring it with me and drop it with you over that weekend. It could save some money on larger items like sails. Plenty of time to organise, again get in touch via the usual channels.

Shipping seems to be almost back to normal worldwide which is good, we are now shipping most days rather than once a week so orders are getting manufactured and shipped faster than they were a few weeks ago.

We’ve also had another delivery of DF rig bags and our ever popular transmitter covers, they are in the shop now, get them whilst you can! Clicky here to take a look.

Get it whilst it’s hot!

In stock now

We’ve got an opportunity to get yourself a No1 suit of our IOM sails which are in stock for next day shipping.

We’ve had a customer change his mind on the colour scheme for his sails so we now have this awesome suit of sails ready to ship to you.

Colour scheme as follows, dayglo yellow luffs on both main and jib, stainless luff wires installed and ready for you to terminate as required with crimps supplied. Black and dayglo yellow corner patches and trims. Class logo applied.

Sails look great and are ready to dangle from your rig

More details click here

RC Lasers restocked

They’ve arrived, we’ve unpacked them and restocked the shop. We now have all the bits we’ve been missing for your RC Laser. it’s been a while since we’ve had everything in stock but if you need it we’ve probably got it.

Check out the RC Laser collection on the shop by clicking here .

Incoming stock, delayed production.

Lots of this stuff incoming!

So, nose well and truly pressed against the grindstone for the majority of January, thanks for all your orders, I’m processing them as quick as I can for you.

I’ve had good news from our RC Laser suppliers who have eventually had a container arrive with them. It’s now unpacked and our order is being picked and shipped this week. This should see us restocked with new RC Lasers and many of the spares we have been out of for the past few months. Our Hitec supplier has also had a delivery and we will be restocked with RC Laser winches and rudder servos by midweek.

As with all things recently some of the items we are restocking will have an increased price tag due to the increased cost of shipping over the last 24 months. I’ve tried hard to keep the increases to a minimum but they are unfortunately unavoidable.

So, lots of RC Laser goodies incoming over the next few weeks.

We’ve also had a few DF rig bags to pop into stock as well as our ever popular transmitter covers to keep your hands warm, one blue, several black, all pretty cool! Get them while you can.

I’m also going to need to delay sail production for a week from today due to an outstanding trade sail order for 50 or so suits of sails. I’ve been waiting for white insignia cloth which is due today so I need to press my nose to the grindstone a little more to get this big order sorted and out the door as fast as my chubby fingers will allow. I’m sure that I’ll be able to fit a couple of orders in each day but be aware that the lead time for manufacture and shipping will be a little extended over the next week and a half.

Other than that I hope you’re all well and looking forward to some racing this year. The shop is open 247 to take your order.

Nose to the Grindstone

IOM sails ready to finish.

This morning was a bit of a shock to the system, it was dark, grey and bleak when I hauled myself out of bed at 0715. It was the first day back in the workshop and time to clear some of the 72 orders that have dropped into the inbox since I finished for Christmas some weeks ago.

Heater on, music cranked up and I managed to assemble, pack and ship 44 of those orders today which is a good day’s work.

Home, dinner and a little bit of family time and I’m out in the Soch Sails HQ in the back garden and once again the heater is on, the music is cranked and I’ve picked another few orders from “home” stock and finished four suits of IOM sails which make up another two orders.

Tomorrow should see another 10 or so orders out the door and away to their destinations around the world.

Whilst I really do enjoy what I do it really isn’t as much fun as spending time with Emily and Phoebe so I’m having Friday off to go and explore Parys Mountain on Anglesey which in it’s day was the biggest copper mine in Europe.

Heading into next week we should see most of our post Christmas sail orders manufactured and shipped.

I’m hoping to have some positive news about new RC Lasers, if you’re interested in one please drop me a line.

As ever the shop is open 247 for you to browse and place an order for a suit of sails, a DF rig kit, a set of our ever popular hull sticker kits or whatever else you might need.

Catch you pondside soon.

Happy New Year!

Just a short one to wish all customers and friends a very happy New Year! Thanks to you all for your continued support over the last twelve months. Hopefully I’ll see you at the side of a pond or in a pub, or both in the next few months.

I’ll be back in the workshop on Tuesday and should have most of the pre Christmas backlog shipped by the end of the week. Then I’ll crack into the post Christmas and NY orders that have come in which should be out the door by the end of the following week.

Stay safe, sail fast and drink plenty!