The combination of Dyneema and top-quality polyester also ensures a good flexibility of the sailcloth, making it easier to handle. A woven cloth has the best resistance to impact damage and general wear and tear and stand up best to the tough conditions encountered while ocean cruising. This cloth is ideal for a radial sail design. Matching the sail to high load areas will make it lighter overall an easier to handle.
The diagonal strength of the fabric is especially important for cruising, where sails are often reefed for longer periods of time. When the sail is deeply reefed the radial cut will be effectively reduced and the loads will be mainly on the strengthening points at the luff and leech of the sail. This will stress the cloth but in this case it will stand up to this easily and will also always resume its original shape when the reefs are shaken out. This is also valid for furling foresails and of great importance for in-mast furling sails which have to keep their shape without becoming baggy or developing creases which will seriously hinder the smooth working of the furling system.
Finally, but possibly best of all is this cloth’s superb resistance to UV and the growth of unsightly mildew, two of the most common problems in the tropics. And as this is a woven cloth, there also will be no problems with delamination, which often occurs with laminate or membrane sails in areas of high UV intensity.