Voyagers are slow to adopt 'high-tech' laminate sails Jan 1, More than 20 years have passed since America's Cup when the first experimental Mylar laminate genoa was hoisted aboard the meter Endeavor and a "revolution in sailmaking" got seriously underway. After that milestone, the innovations came fast and furious: Highly publicized recent developments include the individually laminated sails produced by North's 3-DL process and Sobstad's rivaling Genesis approach. There's no doubt that today's "high-tech" sails are lighter, more stretch-resistant, and in most cases significantly faster than otherwise comparable sails built using less sophisticated methods. Nevertheless, the majority of voyagersparticularly those with boats under 50 feet LOAcontinue to buy woven Dacron sails that are almost identical to the sails of 20 years ago. The question is, why?
At first everything is very confusing, then you start to get some idea of the different types of boats available. Free is not always best or most economical in the end, do your homework. Some Great designs are available free though. My little Apple pie dinghy was a free design There are many yahoo groups for the better known designs, it's worth exploring. Often a kit is not any more expensive than building from plans. It also saves quite a lot of time since you don't have to loft the boat, and cut out the major pieces of the boat or source and get materials. Boat Plans in no Particular Order.
Phoenix of Hamble , A fall back is to sew a tape loop on each corner, but wondered if anyone has any bright ideas about where I might source proper sail style eyelets, and how I might fit them? Hawkehouse do them, as do several chandlers local to me. You could also try Jimmy Lawrence - they would probably put them in for you it's easy to deform them and make an unsightly job of it when you wack them down.
We can also apply taffeta to targeted sections of a sail to save weight and cost. Not only does taffeta protect the film layer from abrasion, but it also prevents cracking of the film and reduces creasing. While taffeta doesn't add any strength, it does make sails last longer. When tacking, the leech and foot of an overlapping genoa get beat up as the sail drags across the shrouds and the front of the mast. The battle of sail vs.