Today there is a wide choice of materials available for sails, from Dacron cloth – which we use for our inshore and coastal sails – to top level, high-end racing sails where the fibres, often carbon, are laid exactly along the calculated load lines in the sail fixed in an advanced laminate, often also referred to as membrane sails – like our Tape Carbon Performance Sails – and many variants in between. It all depends on your type of boat, sailing and also budget.
A reliable and proven solution used by many thousands of sailors around the globe are cross-cut Dacron sails which offer the best in performance and quality to cost relation. For the average family and week-end sailor, this is the most popular option. Slightly more advanced is a Tri-Radial cut mainsail made from Dacron, where the panels of the sail run from head, tack and clew towards the middle, generally following the main load lines. This also allows for the leech to be made of heavier cloth than the front part of the sail, where loads are significantly less, saving weight and making handling easier. These sails would be ideal for more extended offshore sailing or racing at club level.
One step up from our Dacron sails would be the Performance Sails made from different laminates, such our CDX Pro Laminate, our Lite Skin range of fabrics or the already mentioned, high-end Tape Carbon sails. All these are highest quality sails for the performance minded sailor, either venturing offshore or racing at competitive level.