Operation Cake Relocate Update

Well we’ve reached the end of week one of our crazy office swap plan which will see our useable production space almost doubled along with the addition of a dedicated office area with desk and everything!

After our move out on Monday we spent Tuesday laying out and measuring the area for the new deck. We measured about five times in all and are pretty confident that our new office will fit on the deck like a glove.

So Wednesday saw a productive day right from the get go with the new office arriving a few days ahead of schedule at 6am and the new deck taking shape on the boat. By the end of the day we had a functioning office area and had moved almost all of the furniture from the old cabin into the new one.

Thursday proved to be frustrating with an overnight dump of snow putting the stoppers on any progress on the deck but I managed a super productive stint in the new office catching up on lots of ‘real’ Boatyard admin.

Today, Friday, has seen another great day on the deck which is now almost complete and I have spent some time contemplating how to build and fix my new production tables in place, a nice thing to be thinking about. We also waved goodbye to our old HQ which we gave away to a local business as an office. Sad to see it leave really but as ever it’s onwards and upwards!

Goodbye old friend!

All stop now until Monday when we should see the finished deck ready to accept the new Soch Sails Global HQ then we can beetle on for the rest of the week and get ourselves back into some sort of order with a view to getting production underway once more. The weather might yet have a say in the final timescale of it all but we’ve certainly had a busy week with some really useful help on the job.

As you can imagine we have had no production at all this last week, we had hoped to be able to ship stickers from stock but this just hasn’t happened unfortunately and it will be mid to late next week before we ship any of our current orders.

Anyhow here are some photos of the progress so far.

Naked boat, it’s not looked like this for 11 years!

New Global HQ arrived on site….early, that’s the moon top left.

Deck in progress

Deck nearly complete and ready to accept the new HQ, pictured left.

Artists impression of how the finished deck may be utilised….

Of course the shop is still open to take your order, however as you can see there might be a little bit of a delay.


We’ve Begun!

So operation ‘Cake relocate’ has begun. By the end of today, Monday, we have moved everything out of one office and into a temporary one and we have lifted the old workshop/office from its location in readiness for the new Soch Sails global HQ which arrives later this week.

We have an awful lot of prep to do before the new HQ turns up so the chances are that we will get little or no orders shipped this week. Apologies in advance, but we’ll be back in production as soon as we can be.

Office emptied, temporary office set up, office gone!


So as I mentioned in my last post, we were looking for a suitable replacement for Soch Sails Global HQ, it seems that this morning we have found it and we are now the proud owners of a 20 foot container office thing.

So we need to get busy moving out of the current shed and into the new one which should be with us in a couple of weeks.  In the interim period we have lots of prep to do to get the site ready for the new office and as such we will need to have a complete shutdown of production to allow us to get this done.

Any order placed from now on 28th Feb 2018 will be subject to at least a two week production time, I hope that we can get things sorted a little quicker than this but please be aware of the delay. Rig bags and sticker sets as well as RC Laser parts should still be able to be shipped during the shutdown but again, there may be a small delay in our usually super quick service.

We’ll be available on the phone as usual or by email.

Thanks for your understanding as we expand the Soch Sails brand to a bigger HQ.


Did you miss me?

Happy New Year, yes I know it’s very nearly the end of January but we’ve been crazy busy here at Soch Sails HQ with one thing or another and even though I’ve meant to sit down and write a bit so you guys know I’m ok and still alive, I have just been cracking on with loads of fun orders during January.

I’ve reached a point this afternoon where I have completed all but one big order for one of our trade customers which consists of 40 ish suits of sails, 50 odd sticker sets, patch sets etc etc so that’ll keep me busy next week!

So what news? Well not a huge amount to be honest, I’ve found some new laminate material which I’ve been testing and have found it to be pretty good for the DF65 C suit, I’ve not tried it in any other sizes but it should work for DF95 C and D suits as well.  I’ll get them up on the shop as soon as I have a spare minute or two.


Laminate C suit

We’ve sent a good selection of goodies all over the globe this month from patch sets to numbers, sails and rig bags. We have also seen some of the new style DF65 rig kits trickle into stock, still no A+ rig kits but A, B and C are all available with the new style booms and head fitting. We also have a number of DF95 rigs in stock, I’m looking at a tube which should have the majority of the parts to make up B rig kits for the DF95, when I’ve checked I’ll pop them back on the shop.

I’ve been receiving quite a few emails recently from customers who have bought goodies from us and wanted to let us know that their boats looked pretty cool with the new goodies, gold spangly sticker sets on a DF65 and DF95 were particular favourites along with a suit of “stealth” dayglo orange DF65 sails a customer has teamed with a new orange coloured hull from the USA, very understated as you can imagine!



As well as being super busy sending out our products to all corners of the globe we have recently found a little time to begin our journey into paneled sails and after much reading, tea, head scratching, more tea, some drawing and measuring we have produced our first suit of Soch Sails IOM sails which look pretty nice.  A long way to go with this journey but next stop is getting them measured to make sure they comply to the class rules, then we can get them bent on and out sailing somewhere soon.


IOM A suit awaiting measurement.

I haven’t done much racing recently but the DF65 winter series at West Lancs YC is providing some fun racing every other week and it makes up a whole weekend next weekend as the DF Racing UK 2018 TT series kicks off at the club. I’m doing my first bit of race officering on Saturday for the DF95’s which should be fun with nearly 30 entries so far for both days.

Just some advance warning about a planned shutdown sometime in February. We are hoping to swap offices once more as we require more space so there will be no production for a week or so whilst this happens. We aren’t sure when it’ll be just yet but we’ll keep you posted as we know more.


An office…on a boat….in a boatyard, I love “HMS Treehouse” but it just isn’t big enough anymore.

As usual, the shop is open 24 hours to take your order and we are operating on a 24 – 48 hour turn around time for all orders at the moment, a nice place to be!

Thanks for continuing to choose Soch Sails to power your DF Racing yachts, hopefully we’ll be able to power some of your other yachts soon!

Some pictures of some recent work below.

A+ anyone?

DF65 Selection

DF95 Selection

“Stealth” Selection

Christmas shutdown, sort of!

So here we are on Thursday morning with all our Christmas orders completed and shipped bar two which came in overnight and will be sorted today.

Today will be our last posting day until the 27th so if you haven’t sorted it by today you won’t get it for Christmas I’m afraid.

We’ll be in the office most days sorting stuff out as it comes in which should see orders fulfilled in good time after the Christmas break.

Thanks again for another bonkers year where our business has continued to flourish, I’m confident that 2018 will be another fun year too!

Have a great festive season making sure that you spend quality time with the ones you love. This will earn you maximum brownie points for sailing next year!

A bit of an update

So we were a little overwhelmed by the response to our free postage weekend, and as well as dealing with this we have had a busy ordering period on the lead up to Christmas too which is why you haven;t heard from us in ten or so days!

Anyhow we have completed all but three of the free postage orders which will be done early next week and we have two other orders on our books that need building next week too.

£500 worth of postage receipts (yes really!) and nearly two weeks later we have shipped out over 80 orders, 95% of these orders have been custom made to order, packed and shipped by my own chubby little hands. Around 75 – 80% of the orders contained one or more suits of custom made sails, some of which are pictured below. I’ve worked some silly hours over the last few weeks and really do think I might now deserve a beer or two and perhaps even a day off.



Oh boy am I going to enjoy this beer!!

The shop will be open to take orders whilst I’m in the pub and we’ll be shipping orders right up until the 21st December which will see a UK order delivered in time for Christmas. I think an overseas order probably will not reach you by Christmas now but you never know, we seem to be beaming into the USA at an average of 9 days over the last few weeks but I doubt the good service will last from USPS!

I’m signing out now and I’m off for a beer or three!

Thanks for continuing to choose Soch Sails to power your DF Racing yachts.


An average posting day over the last week or so, Mrs Post loves us!

That went well!

So we are here on Monday morning looking at a whole raft of orders, 55 actually, that came in over the weekend during our free shipping offer. It seems that many of you have taken the opportunity to purchase sails (65 suits to be exact), rig kits (16) and lots of other little bits and bats such as DF deck patches and spares for your RC Laser.

Obviously we hadn’t quite expected the response that we have had and it has taken us a little by surprise so here’s how it’ll go down.  Spare parts, deck patches and sticker orders will be gone from here by close of business on Wednesday and then we’ll work our way through the sails and hope to have the majority of them shipped out by the end of next week. I’m not sure we can work any quicker than that but even that timescale puts us well within our usual delivery window.

Thanks for choosing Soch Sails, we’ll be with you just as soon as we’ve gotten our head out of this blender…..