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Tropical
Sail Loft

Lagoon Marina
Wellington Rd. #35
Cole Bay
St Maarten

Tel +(1-721) 544 5472
Fax +(1-721) 544 5476

About us

Tropical Sail Loft has a good, friendly and efficient staff team that has, over the years, built up an excellent reputation for their quality Custom-made canvas work, including awnings, dodgers, biminis, and all exterior covers, plus repairs, alterations, and as St Maarten’s North Sails Agents, offers new North sails, plus service and repairs on sails of all sizes from dinghies to superyachts and cruiseships.
Quality is of the highest priority and we are very aware of the importance of completing every job on time, knowing the fast moving schedules of most of his customers.

Inside the loft

Cordes sewing machine



The loft's new “super-sized” sewing machine has an underarm clearance of 900mm x 350mm. This means that our other big machine, an Adler 366 longarm (the standard”big” machine in most big lofts worldwide) fits almost completely under the arm. The manufacturer claims to have sewn through 20mm ply wood during testing, although we did not dare to repeat this…. Fact is, that this machine is extremely powerful and a pleasure to work with.

Look for the bright red building next to FKG Rigging. We are on the top floor. There is a dinghy dock, car park and electric hoist to make transporting your sails easy. The loft boasts a raised floor of 2300 sq ft, allowing room to work on the largest sails, 2 'big' machines, spinnaker machine plus 4 work stations for canvas building and repair – and room to grow. For the at-home sewers, we stock all of the most popular fabrics in the most popular colours – 700 yds of Sunbrella alone! Together with other supplies from adhesives to zippers, we are your one-stop shop for all your canvas and sail sewing needs.

Ernst Looser

Ernst Looser is the founder and manager of Tropical Sail Loft. He completed his apprenticeship training in Germany in 1989 and is a fully qualified and experienced Sail Maker. He worked in several lofts before starting Tropical Sail Loft. Ernst is also an experienced sailor, both in racing and ocean passage making.

Tropical Sail Loft first opened it's doors 1996, in Philipsburg, as a one-man business in a tiny (14' x 18') Loft. Within a year moving to bigger premises opposite Bobby's Marina, and again in 1999 to the Budget Marine Building,Cole Bay until November 2005. But again, as the sails (and the business) grew bigger and bigger, we found themselves needing more space! In December 2005, Tropical Sail Loft moved to it's current 3200 sq. ft. premises at Lagoon Marina – on the water’s edge of Simpson Bay Lagoon.

Quality & service                                                                 
.......................we deliver only the best , and on time !