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All of Precision Sails' sailcloth is supplied by Challenge Sailcloth and Bainbridge International. Challenge Sailcloth and Bainbridge International are world leading sailcloth manufacturers.


Challenge Sailcloth designers focus their energies on bringing out new concepts in racing and cruising durable woven sailcloths. Challenge re-engineers many lines every year, taking advantage of the newest yarns, chemicals, finishes, and equipment. The only manufacturer to widely use the best sail fibers: Fiber 104 and IW70 by Performance Fibers, Challenge also uses Acordis and Kosa, and have tested every sail fiber available. Our cloth is woven on the most advanced looms in the industry.”Challenge Sailcloth

 


Please note that due to the size of our online store some sail cloths displayed on our products might be slightly different than what is displayed on this chart, or what will be used. In the event that changes are required by our designers, our clients will always be consulted. Discrepancies in sailcloth are not meant to be misleading in any way. If you find a discrepancy please let us know. We appreciate the feedback as it helps us to better serve our clients.




 

The most effective method to describe the sailcloth comes straight from the manufacturers themselves. We have attached links and provided information for the Dacron sailcloth that we use at our loft. Let us know if you have any questions.



Available in: 6.11, 8.11 & 10.11

  • The only heavy Radial woven polyester with straight warp yarns
  • Up to twice as stretch-resistance as other warp-oriented wovens
  • Its woven, so its durable
  • As low warp stretch as Cruising Laminates
  • Less likely to Mildew

Warp-Drive is now available in three weights, 6, 8 and 10 ounces, allowing Sailmakers to design durable bi or tri-radial sails for sailboats from 20 feet up to 70 feet These sails will be easier to handle than laminate sailcloth and will not mildew as a laminate will, yet will have similar performance to a laminate sail all while having the durability of standard woven sailcloth.”Challenge Sailcloth

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“Challenge Low Aspect Fiber 104 / 1W70 are the highest quality LA fabrics in the world. They are the tightest weaves, from the most modern Power-Looms, resulting in least sail shape deformation and longest life. They use the highest count of the finest yarns. Such weaves have more yarn crossings than coarser ones, yielding better bias strength and durability. LA Fiber 104-1W70 also use the best, most expensive yarns made (both directions where available): Fiber 104 and 1W70 by Honeywell. These superior fibers have the highest shrinkage and modulus of any polyester yarns, in our tests. This means best sail shape performance and life. Challenge Sailcloth

Available in: 4.77, 5.77, 6.77, 7.77, 8.77, 9.77, 10.77, 11.77 , 14.77

 



“Challenge Sailcloth's High Modulus Weaves are high performance racing and high end cruising fabrics. They feature tight weaves of very high counts of warp yarns (high sleys), and highest modulus, highest shrink Fiber 104 or Performance Fibers 1W70 fill yarns in most weights (where available). These superior fibers (the finest that money can buy) best resist high leech loads in Crosscut Sails.”Challenge Sailcloth

  • Lowest bias stretch to resist higher bias loadings of big mid-girths in lower aspect sails.
  • Highest fill count, tightest weave for best possible bias stability.
  • More even crimp, where yarns grab each other means lower bias stretch.
  • Bias stability is better in even denier weaves than when there is large disparity between warp and fill.
  • Larger warp yarn and smaller fill yarn than high aspect fabrics.

Available in: 4.93, 5.53, 6.53, 7.03, 8.03, 9.03, 10.53, 11.93







“Challenge Sailcloth's High Modulus Weaves are high performance racing and high end cruising fabrics. They feature tight weaves of very high counts of warp yarns (high sleys), and highest modulus, highest shrink Fiber 104 or Performance Fibers 1W70 fill yarns in most weights (where available). These superior fibers (the finest that money can buy) best resist high leech loads in Crosscut Sails.” Challenge Sailcloth

Available in: 5.93, 6.63, 7.3, 8.3, 8.63, 9.03, 10.3, 13.93






 

“High Mass Fiber Weaves are tight weave constructions of tough yarns for sails on boats that see a lot of use. Weight for weight HMF Weaves have a larger (warp) yarn on both surfaces. Such yarns will resist abrasion, tear, UV, and general use better than smaller fibers. Sailors who log many miles, and charter boat owners may prefer High Mass Fiber Weaves. The relatively balanced construction of this line provides excellent bias stability through the life of the cloth. Constructions are low aspect in light to medium weights and higher aspect in the heavier styles which experience highest loads. Heavier weight fills are Honeywell 1W70, one of the 2 best sailcloth yarns made. (Other is Fiber 104). We test all yarns using a proprietary MIT Phd. designed sailfiber test. High Mass Fiber Weaves are woven on the newest looms ensuring that weaving quality is second to none.”Challenge Sailcloth

  • Larger Warp Fibers on the Surface provide more resistance to UV, tear and abrasion, to maximize life of sailcloth in the elements
  • Warp yarns are exposed to sun, their size is very important for durability in the elements.
  • Large denier warp yarns make this cloth suitable for use in sails that see highest UV exposure.
  • High Mass Fiber Weave durability is maximized by high mass warp yarns, providing resistance to tear, abrasion and general wear and tear.

Available in: 6.68, 7.38, 7.88, 8.88, 9.88, 10.88, 11.88








“Performance Cruise is the newest line of fabrics designed to fit all cruising needs. They use new higher shrink / higher tenacity warp yarns for higher thread counts and better shape durability, and larger deniers to best resist UV degradation. Constructions are low aspect in light to medium weights, and higher aspect in the heavier styles which experience highest loads. Heavier weight fills are Honeywell 1W70, one of the 2 best sailcloth yarns made. (Other is Fiber 104). We test all yarns using a proprietary MIT Phd. designed sailfiber test. Performance Cruise is woven on the newest looms. Thus weaving quality is second to none”Challenge Sailcloth

  • · High quality yarns and constructions, woven on next generation looms yield best cruise weaves.
  • · Low aspect weaves in light weights require less resin to hold shape during repeated use than high aspect ones.
  • · Higher aspect weaves in heavier weights resist the strong leech loadings in large sails.
  • · High fiber counts in both warp and fill direction maximize number of yarn crossings, fiber inter-lacings. This maximizes bias durability over time.

Available in: 3.8, 4.18, 5.18, 6.18, 8.18, 9.18, 10.18





  • Radial weaves use high warp counts of warp yarns to achieve warp strength. They have substantially more yarn in the warp than in the fill.
  • Radial Weaves are not as efficient as the high count / fine denier Warp-Drive, but are better for UV resistance.
  • Lightweight fabrics are proportionately stronger on the warp than heavier weights, because they have lighter fill yarns: In weaving the warp is pulled with very high tension, which bends light fill yarns, leaving warp yarns with lower crimp. But it is less able to bend heavy fills, leaving more warp crimp, and higher stretch under load.

Available in: 6.51, 7.1, 8.1, 9.1

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