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Sail types

STANDARD SAILS

Normally made of polyester laminate or a suitable alternative; mainsails are fitted with a headboard and luff finish as requested. Battens are fitted to comply with relevant class rules and as necessary. Mains and headsails each consist of a single panel of cloth and the luffs are shaped. The lack of shaping makes them suitable only for very small storm suits or non-competition models.

PANELLED SAILS

Made of polyester laminate or a suitable alternative that will provide greater durability than polyester film. Fabrication from separate panels permits an extra degree of freedom in shaping the sails during construction. A Class No 1 mainsails comprise five panels, with the battens at the seams.Headsails comprise four panels. 

LIGHTWEIGHT SAILS

For best light airs performance, made of 75 micron film throughout. Mainsails comprise five panels, headsails comprise four panels. Seams are not sewn.

Shaping & materials

SHAPING – PANELLED & LIGHTWEIGHT SAILS

The shaping built into these sails has evolved over a long period of time and many generations of design. It has been ‘rationalised’ and even non standard size sails can be built with the normal shaping which we call F2. We can also make sails with proportionately more or less camber. For convenience we call sails with 17% more camber F3 sails. F1 sails have 17% less camber.

MATERIALS - film & woven - non standard materials 

Laminate cloths remain the best choice for sails intended for use in stronger winds and which will be exposed to rough treatment. They will resist damage from creasing better. For lighter winds there are many thicknesses and types of film available. These will produce smooth, stable, stretch resistant, sails that will give excellent performance for years if cared for. Keeping your rigs in a rig box will greatly extend the useful life of sails.

SPECIFICATION - SHAPING & MATERIALS - there are 2 choices

We make your sails with the shaping and the material we consider best - all prices are based on this assumption -  You choose and specify the shaping and materials - there is an additional charge for this

Luff finish

HEADSAIL

STANDARD

A small pocket formed by a coloured, narrow, folded tape. It is essential to pass a wire forestay through this pocket before use - avoid damage - smooth the sharp end of the wire first.

NON STANDARD

A custom luff finish can be provided for the additional charge

MAINSAIL

EYELETS - for luff rings or cord ties; circa 250 - 500 mm spacing CORD - for sails made of woven Dacron used on GROOVY mast SLIDES - for sails made of film used on GROOVY mast HOOKS - for a jackstay; circa 150 - 250 mm spacing SMALL POCKET - for a jackstay inside the luff tabling. LARGE POCKET - where the mainsail luff passes over the mast.

Please note

Sail prices quoted below are for EYELET or CORD mainsail luff finish. Where appropriate (LIGHTWEIGHT sails for GROOVY masts), SLIDES are fitted instead of a CORD luff at no extra charge to help the sail work well at very low wind speeds.

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Apart from sails for our own production boats we can supply sails for other A Class designs. Please use the custom sail order form to specify the sails you want and submit it with your order added to the cart.

Custom Sail Order Form  (Word file)

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