Our cruising sails are commonly made from durable Dacron material which is very resistant to flogging and chafing, suitable for general every day cruising, including entry level training, or for long-haul voyages. Dacron is the longest lasting, most durable and cost efficient cloth on the market. If durability is more important than weight or speed, then Dacron is the right choice for you.
There is a range of materials for club race radial sails depending on the size of your boat and racing vs cruising mixture.
For smaller boats of less than 40-feet, Mylar sails are very cost efficient and durable. While any laminated sail requires more care than a Dacron sail, Mylar still has good flex and UV properties.
For larger boats, compared to the more commonly used Kevlar and Carbon, Mylar is less expensive and has less stretch making them more durable. Kevlar and Carbon are more prone to breakdown due to flex and flogging and requires more care.
For radial sails, Warp Drive Radial Dacron is recommended for the strength of Mylar and the durability of Dacron. Warp Drive, unlike other fabrics, has straight warp yarns with fill yarns crimped and woven tightly over and under them. It is unique as the fill yarns are on the surface.
PERFORMANCE STRAITS LMXX SAILS
We have worked on our own in-house string fiber technology sails for the last 10 years. If ultimate shape holding and speed are the most important factors in your sailing, then the light-weight Straits LMXX sails is right for you. Straits LMXX sails have every year in the sail laid in custom arrays to accurately follow the string path of the sail. In doing this, every gram of weight in the sail is working towards your performance.
To optimize downwind performance, we are constantly developing our downwind sails to keep up with the changes in yacht design, advances in cloth technology, and your expectations. Specify your requirements and we can produce the downwind sail you need to achieve the optimum capacity of your boat.
Offshore voyagers and racers typically carry special sails for use in high winds. Regular sails can be reefer or furled only up to a certain point to still maintain an efficient shape and the fabric of regular sails is generally too light for high winds.
Many coastal and recreational sailors, however, do not carry these extra sails. We recommend storm sails as a good option to have, particularly in times of unpredictable weather.