Barry Spanier is a Full Scale Model Experimentalist/Sailmaker/ (Sailing Speed Specialist) and has forty years experience in sailmaking, having built hundreds of full scale proofs of theoretical concepts, and has used day-to-day, one-on-one testing regimes to bring concepts to reality. 
Barry is a consultant to Cislunar Aerospace, Inc., a company involved in developing full scale methodology for doing Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) on 3D grids generated from multiple photographs taken from several angles at the same moment.

Thirty-six years from opening MauiSails in December 1978, Barry has come full circle, back to his love of yachting, sail design and hanging out in a sail loft.  West Maui Sails & Canvas was born.  The parents, Jim and Randy Coon of Trilogy Excursions, knew just who to go to open up Maui’s only full service, ground floor sail loft - Barry Spanier. Check it out!

West Maui Sails & Canvas is equipped with four commercial sewing machines.   Two of the machines (Adler 98 and Bernina 217) are available for light duty sail repairs (including windsurf sails) and canvas work, but the ‘queen of the fleet’ is their new custom CORDES Rotary-combo Mini-Maxi long-arm/high-arm ZZ machine from Australia.  This machine is built for sailmakers and offers tremendous advantages over existing machines commonly used here in the islands.  With their CORDES machine they can handle the heaviest conditions from Maxi sails right down to medium weight cruising sails.
Life is good.  Work is 10 minutes from SV Cornelia and he loves what he does.

Barry has a passion for writing, which extends to screenplays, short stories, and poems. 

While sailing the South Pacific, he chronicled his adventures with letters to his mother, Cornelia Spanier.  Fortunately, she kept all of his letters and drawings, which she gave him, providing the basis for The Bare Chronicles.

Barry will captivate you, challenge you, make you laugh and leave you wondering even more....just who is Barry Spanier?

Comments so far.........

"Barry What a great book, we had talked about the story many times in Maui, now that it is all put together you hit the nail on the head. " go with what you got" what a line. Thanks for the great read."  John Zuanich

"Dear Barry, all four of us onboard the Compass Rose have read and loved The Bare Chronicles. Thank you so much for giving it to us before we left Lahaina. We passed it along to fellow cruisers, so I'll have to buy a copy when we return to Hawaii! Aloha," LuAnne and Dr Robert Yapp

"A kick in the pants to just "go with what you got". Thanks Barry I needed that. Great read."
David Wells

"Hi Barry,
I love to listen to you and it makes me feel that life is so great and that I have a lot more to learn.
 Your book is amazing.
 Thank you for your experience and to share those with me and the world.
 Thank you for the amazing sails, GHOST XT men is THA SHIT. hahahaha probably you be laughing by now.
 Well that's how life supposed to be smile and be happy.
 Thank you I had a great time.
 May god bless you and your family
I want to thank you for the best Stories you have share with me."
                                                     Taty Frans, Bonaire

d 'The Bare Chronicles' this morning. Started it last night!  Not sure if this is an Aussie saying and 'I'm not pissing in your pocket' when I say, "I could not put it down"!  What an inspiring, humble, romantic, adventurous, tit for tat, etc....   It was awesome reading.  Barry, everyone wants to read it. They just don't know it yet!!!"  Charly Hyett, Melbourne Australia

Go to, page 92 to read Brian McDowell's review of the book - IT'S OUT NOW!

"I have no idea what others might get out of it but for me it was exciting and sad, beautifu
l and fulfilling, enlightening and a whole lot of fun reading.  It was about my good friend and guru, it reminded me of my own travels, working along the way and in the book I found stories about people I have known, from Harlow to Bernard to Malcom to Ken and others. It brought back memories and ideals.

But maybe most important, it reminded me of how I got to where I am today.  Like so many others, meeting Sticks changed my life.  It only got better from that moment and is continuing to do so." 
Paul Michell, currently on the French canals with his wife, Susan.

"Loved the book. Gonna run a review next issue. I'm being honest when I say I couldn't put it down.  I'm a sucker for a struggle and particularly tales of drama and great exploits at sea."
Brian McDowell, Publisher,

"I read the book in 2 days. Very interesting and inspiring to read all this stuff. I like to read this kind of experiences. It gives me a also a new view on the label Maui Sails and her designer! I more or less forgot that Maui Sails was a leading factor in the beginning of the sport. Good to see that here are brands in the windsurfworld that are more than marketing and have a true spirit."
Rene Glasz, Almere, The Netherlands

"I received the book yesterday and read it last night.  It was fun to read about a man that was living life.  A life of his choice.  A life with decisions being made by the man and not his surroundings.  Most don't have the courage to live this way.  Most are consumed by modern day pressures and material items.  It also showed the importance of having a mother that was loved and respected.  A mother that supported her son and gave Barry the strength to be free knowing that there was someone there to help if all came crashing down (on Barry).  True parents are the strength of most good men." Paul Criscuolo, Woodbridge, Connecticut

"Thank you Samantha & Barry for the book. It arrived today and since I got back from town I haven't accomplished any of my chores yet because I can't put it down. I am so glad that you have put this out in the world for others to read and appreciate. I sure am." Denise Urbaniak, Kettle Falls, Washington

"I'm digging into your book with great enjoyment.   My 9 month old son loves to listen as I read aloud, although I suspect he wishes you included more pictures of fuzzy farm animals!"....that is of course, there is more you want to say!
Dan Weiss, Regional Director, US Windsurfing

"I am loving the Bare Chronicles. I am reading just a bit each evening so that I can savor it. I have had a couple of friends that want to read it when I am done."
Maureen Smith, Eugene Oregon

SV Cornelia

Sailing Maui Hawaii

arry has been associated with innovation and development in the world of windsurfing and sailing for over thirty years.  Currently, he is living and working on his home island of Maui, Hawaii, serving as the Head Sail Designer for MauiSails, an internationally recognized competition group.

CSA - Commercial Sail Associates
"There is every reason to consider sail power as a meaningful way we could demonstrate to the world our total commitment to reducing carbon output, restoring American shipbuilding, utilizing our superior sailing technology, and putting a large number of souls back
to work again.
"  Barry Spanier.  If you would like to be a part of this, go to

or the last ten years Barry has been working with Robert Masters and Dr. Richard Sword to create,
a free source of audio visual psychology aimed at stress relief and personal improvement.