Marchal Sailmakers

Sail making and repair services.

Marchal Sailmakers is a full service repair loft that can help you with any of your sail repair or service needs.

Gary sent us some pictures of his custom furling headsail cover. Looks pretty smart.

Working in Sicily this week with a couple of different customers. Good work if you can get it.

Sacrificial UV cover in the colours of the pride flag. Looking forward to seeing it up on the boat.

Thank you Alameda Magazine for such a nice article on our little business.

the kids are alright

Looks like Tyler and the cadets at Cal Maritime, my old school, are having fun with their new toy. Conditions for Saturday’s 33nm Cabrillo I Race around the Coronado Islands were about as bad as they could get. The forecast showed no wind. It was raining. It was cold.

Heavy Weather R2AK 2019 Training on San Francisco Bay

We did some work for Nathalie late last week getting her ready for the weekend races, when the racing was canceled Nathalie and her team took the opportunity to get in some good practice.

U.S. Naval Institute

#FunFactFriday - After submarine USS R-14 ran out of fuel and lost radio communications while searching for a missing ship in 1921, the crew stitched together blankets, hammocks and battery deck covers and then spent 5 days under sail to travel 120 miles back to Hawaii. The R-14's skipper received a letter of commendation from Submarine Division Commander, CDR Chester Nimitz

The property manager is re-doing the parking lot here at the loft. If you need help getting sails to or from the loft please give us a call and we will be happy to help you out.

This is what came in today. So much for it being the off season.

[09/04/18]   We will be out of the loft until Monday, Sept 10th. we can still be reached by phone, email, or Facebook. Be right back... the Marchal Sailmakers Team.

Historic Vessel Vega

Interesting video of how sail cloth used to be made.

Lovely old film showing how traditional flax sail cloth was made. I found it fascinating and hope you will also.

An oddly squiggly cell phone picture of a Santa Cruz 50 Spinnaker we put back together last week. They are calling it the Harry Potter Spinnaker in honor of the shape of the repair. They flew it in a 30kt gust coming through the gate on Saturday. Thanks to Hawkeye for the photo.

Seven years ago today we opened Marchal Sailmakers. We just want to say thank you to everyone for their continued support and we look forward to many more years to come.

One day we may have to have that grand opening party we promised everyone...

One of the benefits of sponsoring the Delta Ditch Run is we get a bottle of Mt Gay Black Barrel Rum, which is specially bottled for the Stockton Sailing Club.

Early morning drop off of a 72ft Catamaran mainsail after some bolt rope and batten pocket repairs.

One of the used spinnakers we sold being put to good use as a sun shade in The Delta.

We are happy to be a sponsor for the Stockton Sailing Clubs Delta Ditch Run for the 4th year in a row. This is always one of our favorite races and we are happy to support the SSC and this race.

More info

Whatever Happened to the Little Old Sailmaker?

An article from a 1963 Sports Illustrated about sailmaking right when sailmakers where switching to Dacron and Nylon cloth. He was a little old man in a faded blue shirt and overalls, and he sat and sewed in a sunny nook of a boatyard stitching cotton into sails as his father and grandfather had done before him. What happened to him? He vanished. "The old sailmakers were men who worked with their hands," says 3...

Last summer the loft was asked to sew up some fabric as part of "A Famous Rock Stars' Iconic outfit for a Touring Museum Exhibit". It was a rush job that had us working late over a weekend, but now that I see it I think it was worth it. Check it out here...

A nice thank you gift from the folks at the Stockton Sailing Club for our continuing sponsorship of the Delta Ditch Run.

Working on a sail here in the loft and a giant spider comes marching out from underneath it. Maybe I’ll go out to lunch now.

At least we are starting the new year off clean. And as they say. A clean loft is a happy loft.

We will be out of the loft this week taking a quick break while doing some "market research" in warmer climates. We will be back Monday the 13th. You can contact us through either email or through this page if you have any questions.

This kind of cool.

#TBT. Following a no-start due to high winds at the first modern Olympic Games in 1896, sailing's 112-year Olympic history began on the River Seine at Meulan on 20 May 1900. The venue, a small town 20km away from Paris, played host to 6 of the 8 Olympic classes with the other two sailing from 1 - 5 August off the coast of Le Havre.

The French were the big winners, dominating with 24 of the 39 available medals. However, despite the home-nation gold-rush, it was a Swiss sailor who captured the public attention. Hélène de Pourtalès, one of the crew of the winning 1-2 ton class, made history when she became the first ever female Gold medalist of the modern Olympic Games.

Our friends and neighbors are looking for help....

We love it when our customers bring us tips...

A variety of Lithuanian beers from the owner of a local Lithuanian resturaunt.

Quite the backlog we are developing considering the "season" just ended. Looks like Neville and I have lots to do.

Today we said good bye to our first employee, Connor Waterloo, who is leaving us to go to College at the University of Oregon. It has been a joy working with Connor these last three summers, and we wish him all the best going forward. Good luck Connor... Enjoy what comes next.

With the temperature as hot as it is right now, we find it helps to keep our double sided seamstick tapes in the loft refrigerator.

[08/24/17]   Some nice feedback from a customer who shipped a sail from South Dakota for us to work on...

HI Dominic Sailed that Sail the other day and it works just like it is supposed to. I'm very happy with the work. The clew looks great. Thank You very much. Steve Mangelsen Rapid City SD

Our first day of business was 6 years ago today. Our first visitors where Sally Lindsay and Sylvia Seaberg, and they bought Rum. It has been a great adventure and I still look forward to coming to work everyday. A big thanks from Dominic, Dina, Conner, and Neville. Can't wait to see what the next years bring. Thank you all... The Marchal Sailmakers team.

Sally Lindsay Honey and Sylvia Seaberg came by for opening day, and they bought Rum.

Conner installing batten end caps on a dinghy sail.


I think I should make Connor Waterloo start wearing a tie to work?

Sail Making 1963
By: British Pathé

We usually don't work on Saturday's, but it seems like today was a good day to come in.

Conner sticking together his first sail.

Neville really wants to help today...

[06/16/17]   One of the nice things about having Conner working here is we can turn jobs around a lot faster. Just got this nice feedback from a customer via our payment App.

Thoroughness, Customer Service, Other, Quality
quick turnaround

Thank you Seth.

A good Thursday afternoon project here at the loft.

Conner the apprentice, and Neville the Bulldog back at work for the summer.

Sorry folks, out of the loft today due to illness. Should be back tomorrow.

Just did our last pick up and drop off with the company GMC Yukon. Downsizing to something a little more practical here soon, but will be sad to see this one go.

Ready for summer holidays to begin so we can get Conner back to work. He's got a lot to do...

One of the fun side projects we do here at the loft is we make these heavy duty bow covers for a couple of tug boat companies. These allow the tugs to push white hulled Coast Guard and Cruise ships without marking up their hulls.

[04/07/17]   We will be out of the loft until Monday April 17th on our honeymoon. If you would like to schedule a sail pick up or drop off leave a message here and we will get back to you.


Dominic and DIna.

The new machine is Bulldog approved.

Want your business to be the top-listed Gym/sports Facility in Alameda?

Click here to claim your Sponsored Listing.

Videos (show all)





2021 Alaska Packer Pl
Alameda, CA

General information

Located in the historic Alaska Packer building at Grand Marina, Marchal Sailmakers brings over 25 years of sailmaking experience and a commitment to customer service.

Opening Hours

Monday 09:00 - 17:00
Tuesday 09:00 - 17:00
Wednesday 09:00 - 17:00
Thursday 09:00 - 17:00
Friday 09:00 - 17:00
Other Sport & Recreation in Alameda (show all)
Richard Boland Yachts Richard Boland Yachts
1070 Marina Village Pkwy, Ste 107
Alameda, 94501

Your Northern California Yacht Dealer: Riviera Yachts, Belize Yachts, Explorer Yachts, Activa Yachts and quality brokerage boats.

Rossifitness, Healthy & Fit Lifestyle Rossifitness, Healthy & Fit Lifestyle
2465 Shoreline Dr.
Alameda, 94501

I am a passionately committed to helping you adopt a more Healthy and Fit Lifestyle so you look and feel your best!

USTA Northern California USTA Northern California
1920 N Loop Rd
Alameda, 94502-8014

Welcome to USTA Northern California's page! Get in the game!

Rosi Yachts Rosi Yachts
1070 Marina Village Pkwy 102A
Alameda, 94501

Modern classic Used

Ballena Bay Yacht Club Ballena Bay Yacht Club
1150 Ballena Blvd
Alameda, 94501

Whatever your level of boating experience, you'll find friends & peers at BBYC. You don't even need a boat, just a love for the water.

Panda Rigging Panda Rigging
2035 Clement Ave
Alameda, 94501

Panda Rigging is a full-service yacht rigging and fabrication shop in Alameda serving the San Francisco Bay Area.

KLA Training KLA Training
5790 Mission Rd
Alameda, 94586

We are a training center for beginner through advanced riders of all ages. We hold spring, summer and winter week long day camps.

Stem To Stern Stem To Stern
909 Marina Village Pkwy, # 185
Alameda, 94501

Yacht Services

Alameda Aero Club Alameda Aero Club
980 Harbor Bay Pkwy
Alameda, 94502

The Alameda Aero Club is a small, all volunteer, non-profit flying club dedicated to promoting general aviation and providing our members with well-maintained, inexpensive airplanes.

Cool Safety LLC Cool Safety LLC
Alameda, 94501

Cool Safety LLC - Wilderness & Pediatric First Aid CPR, Trauma Medicine; Firearms Safety for Law Enforcement & Civilians, Private & Confidential Lessons

Alameda Recreation and Park Department Alameda Recreation and Park Department
2226 Santa Clara Ave
Alameda, 94501

Public Recreation and Park Department for all ages.

Alameda Friends of the Parks Alameda Friends of the Parks
2226 Santa Clara Ave
Alameda, 94501

Our not for profit foundation supports ARPD parks, programs and we assist Alameda in providing recreational opportunities for the entire community!