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Sail Materials

"Dear Paul, I now have the new sail on the boat and as suggested it has radically improved upwind performance. This has made the boat considerably more fun to sail! Thanks for your help. "

 

Glen Finegan Beneteau Sense 50 "Akaroa"

 

 

 

 

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Cross Cut Panel Layout

The main loads at work in a sail radiate out from the corners; with the highest stresses coming from the clew up to the head. Our cross-cut Dacron sails feature a rocked panel design where the threads are lined up with the catenary loads to ensure that when the wind increases the sail will retain the optimum profile and increase drive. The cloth is aligned so that it sees the highest loads in the fill direction as this is where the weave is strongest. The downside of the cross cut layout that in some places the loads are running in the bias direction diagonal to the weave. (Try pulling at almost any cloth and feel how much more it stretches in this direction).

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Tri Radial Panel Layout

The next step up in sail construction is a Tri Radial panel layout. This gets around the problem of bias loading by cutting the panels so that the highest loads run in the direction of the weave. By combining this more efficient panel arrangement with advanced laminates the sail can be made stronger than a crosscut sail. This strength translates to better shape holding properties and ultimately better performance. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

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Lightwave Sails

Lightwave sails are designed and engineered as a one piece composite membrane with custom yarn layouts on the inside of the laminate and soft mylar film on the outside.

 

The finish of your sail will vary according to your personal requirements and the design produced.

 

Every sail is custom using a carefully selected combination of the best materials for your boat and intended use.

 

 

Lightwave

 

The benchmark for membrane sails. The technology has won world championships and powered high-performance cruising alike.

  • Inshore racing

 

Lightwave Platinum

 

The membrane is sandwiched between two layers of a continuous filament matrix made from multidirectional yarns. This increases the stability of the sail for no additional weight giving the ultimate in performance for racing inshore and offshore.

 

Whose it for?

  • Inshore racing
  • Offshore racing
  • Superyachts

 

Lightwave Endurance

 

The most advanced Cruising and offshore sail on the market, made using Membrane technology that we have refined and developed for more than 20 years. Lightwave Endurance incorporates a UV treated Mylar lamination process with the addition of a very lightweight woven taffeta laminated to the outside of the membrane. The taffeta surfaces are laminated over high modulus Yarns which follow the load paths accurately. Every Yarn is laid on a perfect catenary curve which aligns with the dynamic loads in the sail. Our designers have total control of the Yarn layout and density which allows us to produce a sail that is light, smooth and superior in shape retention. Lightwave Endurance is ideal for high-performance cruising or all-round use where strength and durability are paramount. 

 

Whose it for?

  • Offshore sails
  • Heavy weather racing jibs
  • Any sail requiring the ultimate in durability

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