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Precision Sails Ltd

New Mainsails

New Mainsails from Precision Sails

Precision Sails custom designs and produces mainsails that come complete with everything you need to set sail, made from name brand cloth and hardware from internationally trusted suppliers like Challenge Sailcloth, Bainbridge International. 

When you request a quote for a new or replacement Mainsail from Precision Sails, the base price you see will include everything to get you started. All of our mains come standard with partial battens, a single reef, block reinforced corners, HMWN luff sliders, cunningham, loose foot with heavy clew slug, leech and foot lines, aluminum headboard, draft stripes and tell tales. Need a second reef, or full battens? No problem! We include the options prices right on our quotes. Learn more about some of the options we offer to customize your sail below 

 

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Standard Options Include:

Battens

Photo of battensOur flexible fibreglass battens come in 3 standard sizes: 15mm x 3mm, 30mm x 3mm, and 50mm x 3mm. Battens offer leech stability in both head and mainsails, often increasing roach when desired on large roach mainsails. Durability is also gained in mainsails with full battens or a mixture of full and partial battens.

Whether you are after a partially battened mainsail, a fully battened mainsail, or a combination, we can help. All full batten pockets come with quality batten receptacles on the luff and a variety of awesome leech closures! Pockets can have tie-ins for security or velcro for ease of use, you'll always be able to adjust your batten tension to how you like it!

Custom battens and receptacles: If you have specific needs or a custom set up, make sure to talk with the designers during your sail design. We often custom order new receptacles or set the sail up to work with clients existing batten receptacles and systems. If you wish to reuse your batten receptacles, let us know and we will build the sail so that you can install your existing receptacles. Due to shipping, round battens and custom tapered battens are not included unless organized with the design team. Additional charges may apply.

Reefs

reef.jpgStrong reinforced patches on the luff and leech along with heavy duty press rings allow for easy reefing. A row of reef eyelets between the luff and leech allow for clean storage of excess sail. Positioning of reef points can be customized during design but our standard positioning is 11%, 22% and 33% up the luff. This can vary with batten positioning. All of our sails come standard with the first reef point. If your sail requires a specific height up from the tack, please make sure to request this on the design/measurement sheets.

Sail Control

Photo of cunninghamA heavy duty press ring and an extra cunningham reinforcement patch is placed about 6" to 12" above the tack to allow for tightening the luff of the sail. This sail control helps you move the draft forward or aft to control optimal sail. A cunningham comes included in all of our mainsails. We also offer Flatteners. The flattener is positioned just above the clew on the leech of the main sail. This option is much like a cunningham in that it allows you to control the shape of the sail. In this case it is mainly used to flatten the shape of your main sail.

Identification

  • Insignia

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    An insignia is the sail boat manufactures logo or a custom graphic usually placed towards the top of your mainsail. These are laser cut from insignia cloth which is a special heavy duty uv resistant sticker material that comes in blue, black, red, green and yellow. Insignias can also be printed onto your sail to minimize weight.

  • Sail Numbers

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    Usually placed on your mainsail, sail numbers are used for identification in sail boat races as well as if you are in trouble on the water. They can also be used by pirates to identify your boat so be careful! Our standard sail numbers are applied with insignia cloth. This is a special heavy duty uv resistant sticker material that comes in blue, black, red, green and yellow. Sail numbers can also be printed onto your sail to minimize weight

  • Custom Logo

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    If you own a company or have a logo you think would look great on your sail, we can help. Our custom logo printing allows for large colorful logos to be printed on your new sail. This is a great way to get your company logo out on the water!

Reinforcements

  • Radial Reinforced Corners

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    We design corners patches that better distribute the load, whether it's with standard block patches or stronger reinforced radial patches. Radial corner patches typically have near double the number of sail cloth layers at the corner. Our unique radial corner design is stronger and more durable than the competition. This is always a recommended upgrade. The corner patches extra cloth layers create a longer lasting sail and prevents premature material failure. It's important that your new sail does not use precut corner patches. Our designers ensure custom corners and reinforcements on every sail.

  • Offshore Reinforcements

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    Our Offshore reinforcement package is an option for all sailors looking for extra reinforcements. Precision Sails offshore spec sails are designed to withstand the strongest of winds. Depending on the size of the boat, these reinforcements can include:

    • Double tapes: The extra tape layer give the sail much more strength on the outer edges of the sail.
    • Wider Steams: Wider seams are used and an extra row of stitching is added to off shore sails. Where a sail might normally have a 30mm wide seam with 2 rows of stitching we would now use a 38mm seam with 3 rows of stitching.
    • Leech Seam Wedgies: Prevent the seams along the leech from splitting.
    • Double Ply Layers: Increase the number of layers of sail cloth on each of the patches. This adds a tremendous amount of extra strength. This includes corner, reef and eyelet patches.
    • Reef Reinforcement Belts: Further increase the strength of your reef points and foot of the sail when reefed.

Elite Package

Need even more customization, or do you want your sail to really stand out? Our Elite package contains:.

  • Additional Custom Design

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    • Up to 1 hour design consult with our lead sail designer
    • Production Order Review
    • Customizable Clew or Tack Position to Clear Life Lines
    • Customizable Roach, Head, Tack, Clew, Corners, Sail Shape, and Dimensions
    • Customizable Tack Angle for clearance of Dodger, Heads, etc
    • Choice of Sail Colors (Draft Stripes, Numbers, Corners)
  • Additional Sail Enhancements

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    • Leech, Luff, and Reef Belts where applicable
    • Leather protected Clew
    • Spectra Webbing
    • Vectran, Dyneema or Kevlar Leech and Foot Lines
    • Gortex / Tenara UV protected Thread. Review pros and cons with designers.
    • Furling Marks
    • Additional Tell Tale Positions available
    • Spreader Patches
Sail Details:

Sail Cloth

luffAll sailcloth comes from the following top brands in the industry: Contender, Dimension-Polyant, Challenge Sailcloth and Bainbridge International. Precision Sails always chooses the appropriate cloth weight based on your specific requirements related to the type of sailing you do AND the specifications as set out by the appropriate cloth manufacturer. 

Stitching

triplestep stitchingUV Protected Waxed white thread is used on all our sails. Thread weights come in V30, V46, V69, V92, V138, V207. Tenara Gore-Tex thread and different color upgrades are available. We use triple step zig zag on all seams which adds strength and stops broken threads from unraveling like a row of standard zig zag stitching. Where a small sail may have 1 row of stitching, a large sail could have 4 or more. Need more security? The offshore package adds wider seams for extra rows of stitching.

Luff Attachment

sliderWhether you are after a simple bolt rope luff, or a UHMW Nylon slider, or you would like webbing loops to supply your own custom sliders, we can find the correct attachment for your luff. Reinforcement patches, chafe protection and heavy duty press rings secure the mainsail slider attachment points. Sliders are hand stitched to the sail with several loops of webbing and special heavy duty waxed thread.

Headboards

headboardAluminum head boards of different sizes and styles come from Challenge, Bainbridge and Antal. Webbing is added for extra reinforcement and stronger metal sliders are used to secure the sail at the head.

Foot and Clew

clewslugOur standard mainsails come loose footed to give you a modern design that emphasizes performance and ease of use. Large diameter heavy duty press rings are used on the clew of your mainsail. A heavy duty metal clew slug is attached to the clew corner if your rig does not have an out haul car. This slug holds your sail down to your boom in the vertical direction just like a clew car would. The slug is webbed on with multiple layers of webbing strap and slides easily in the boom.

Lines and Cleats

leechline and cleatStrong leech and foot lines prevent fluttering and cloth fatigue. Our lines come in Kevlar, Polyester, and Vectran. Proper tension is maintained with quality alloy cleats to ensure your leech and foot lines are always secured. Velcro style cleats are also available to prevent your lines and cleats from catching.  

Sail Indicators

Draft StripesHighly visible draft strips to help determine your sail curvation come standard in many colors including blue, green, red, black, white and grey. We can do multi stripes or singles stripes or none at all. Quality wool tell tales are placed on both sides of your head sail and nylon strips are placed along the leech of your mainsail to aid in the process of trimming. These are typically placed in 3 or more locations.

Cloth Choices:

Cruising Dacrons

  • Precision 300 Series

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    Best for keeled boats looking for a quality designed sail but on a budget. choice of cloth benefits those sailing on lakes or doing light in shore cruising. At this price point we are proud to design all of our sails in house. We do not outsource the designs overseas like many others. We have taken away the difficulty of comparing dacrons by allowing your sail's designer to choose the most suitable cloth for your boat at this pricepoint. The Precision 300 Series offers an amazing value by using name brand, High Modulus Dacron, such as Challenge High Modulus or Contender SuperCruise

  • Precision 400 Series

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    The Precision 400 Series is an all around performance cloth good for a very wide range of usage including inshore, offshore and club racing. We offer more in our Design and Build Specs in the Precision 400 Series than almost all other competitors. Expect our sails to have thicker corners, more rows of sticking, belts, stronger hardware and quality construction. The Precision 400 Series is the go to choice for performance sailing at a great price. Featuring very tight weaves and high yarn counts, this low stretch cloth is our most recommended Dacron. Minimizing stretch is the key to creating durable and shape holding sails for easy handling and trim at a great price. The rest comes in the craftsmanship, design and attention to detail that we put into our very popular Precision 400 Series Advanced Dacron Sails.

  • Precision 500 Series

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    This is for the cruiser or racers looking for the most durable and shape holding Dacron sails and are willing to spend a little extra money for the best Dacron sails on the market! These sails come with many features that most sail makers don't tell you about or offer you but make a big difference. This series offers the most advanced Dacron on the market: Challenge Marblehead. Marblehead Dacron comes in both High (Fiber 104 with Honeywell 1W70) and Low (Marblehead) aspect versions depending on your rig. The advantage in this cloth over the traditional Dacrons is the tightness of the weave allowing the cloths strength to come directly from the weave and less depended on resins to hold it. The result is a tougher, more durable sail with excellent bias control. What does this mean to you? Less sail deformation and the longest life of Dacron sails!

  • Challenge Warp Drive

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    Warp Drive is a radial Dacron with straight warp fibers which prevent the cloth from elongating over time in the warp direction. The straight warp fibers allow for a radial Dacron sail with minimal stretch. A major advantage of radial construction is that the warp yarns closely follow the load lines in the sail, so the stability of the air-foil depends much less on the bias strength of the cloth. This means that the sail doesn't rely on resin to maintain its camber, and as a result holds its shape much longer, long after the crosscut sail has been distorted. One can make a sail that holds its shape with a softer, easy to handle material. Warp-Drive is also a highly desired cloth over a laminate if mildew is an issue where you live. This cloth is not the cloth of choice in high UV areas of the world due to the high count of fine fibers used in the fill direction.

Cruise Laminates

  • Contender CDX

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    This Radial Performance Sail comes from one of the top sail cloth manufacturers in the world Contender. This sail has exceptional bias stability and tear strength that comes from the ZigZag polyester fibers laminated between the taffeta. The ZigZag polyester fibres stabilize the radial loads, allowing for a longer retention of sail shape. The USA woven UV treated polyester taffetas on both sides of the laminated cloth provide addition durability and UV protection. The CDX laminates are best for the sailors who are continually in varying wind strengths, allowing stability due to the strength of the evenly distributed ZigZag laminated panels. Perfect for a easy to handle sail because the sail shape stays flatter longer, points higher and heals less as the wind increases! Handling and strength is what sets this Contender CDX cloth apart from other Cruise Laminates!

  • Dimension Flex Polyester

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    FLEX stands for "Fill Laminate Extra X".
    In the FLEX line additional 20° and 30° “Double X” pattern fibers are added to absorb multiple load situations. FLEX handles strain in six different directions, resulting in exceptional shape retention characteristics. This special configuration helps absorb dynamic loads that occur during sailing and ensures excellent shape retention guaranteeing long performance life and superior durability.
    This fabrics is suited to cruising and racing sails.
    This cloth is great for sailors wanting something much better than a Dacron sail but without all the fancy fibers that come with many racing sails. Excellent for both racers and cruisers.
    The cross cut configuration helps keep this cloth at a better price point while providing exceptional shape holding ability for a Polyester Laminate cloth.

  • Fibercon Pro Hybrid

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    Fibercon Hybrid is a woven cloth with both polyester and Dyneema fibers woven together. Carefully designed with performance cruising yachts and long distance cruising in mind, Fibercon Hybrid combines tremendous strength and durability in a woven fabric suited to today’s high-tech radial sails. Because it uses a woven construction and the incredibly durable Dyneema yarns, Fibercon Hybrid has superb resistance to impact damage and wear and tear in use, and to the growth of unsightly mildew. This cloth has been specially engineered for the combination of high strength Dyneema yarns and Fibercon polyester fibers to take advantage of the properties of both components. It is finished with a special coating which is unique to this range of fabrics. The result is a super-durable, high performance cruising sailcloth which is much stronger than normal woven fabrics. Fibercon Hybrid makes stable, long lasting and great looking radial sails.

  • Hydra Net Radial

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    Hydra Net Radial, let's just say this is the best of the best! Extreme durability, performance and strength comes from combining the durability of a woven polyester with the best Ultra-PE Fibres and rip stop. The woven construction is a breathable platform that totally minimizes mildew! Hydra Net's tight weaves offer superior shape retention, strength and longevity similar to many high end laminate. The softness of this cloth makes it superior to a laminate in its ease to furl and handle. The Hydra Net is the closest controlled manufactured cloths in the industry with the most consistent control of the final product! This very high end sail is perfect for high performance offshore sailors. Design targets and shape retention that were only achieved with laminates are available in Hydra Net! When you buy Hydra Net you are getting the performance of a laminate but with the benefits of a Dacron sail!

  • Carbon Sport Lite Skin

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    This cloth was specifically designed to address the growing costs of sailing for small to medium keelboat racers. Based on the GPL GraphX Carbon Racing Laminate which is already the most rugged performance laminate in the marketplace today.
    Light Skin is a light, rugged sailcloth skin for increased durability that is added to the Standard Carbon Sport cloth. It is a sheet of random array, non-woven filaments that provide increased abrasion resistance at a minimal weight gain. It has an opaque finish that virtually eliminates the traditional paneled sail appearance, creating a sleek visual look. Dramatic UV stability and impact resistance is achieved with little weight gain. Carbon Sport captures the durability, UV resistance and high modulus of Carbon fiber and pairs this with a rugged polyester base scrim and Technora Black X-Ply.
    By substituting the Aramid Scrim found in GPL GraphiX, Carbon Sport is much more affordable and for boats under 40' this substitution does not adversely impact the strength of your sail. While the Scrim is different in this cloth, the Carbon counts are identical to the GPL line.
    If you are not looking for compromise in your racing sails but need something that will last longer than standard film on film sails, this is your best bet. These sails are the ultimate in durability and strength at the most affordable price in the market while the radial construction give you the most optimal shape in a carbon sail.

Club Racing

  • Contender Black Polyester Racing

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    This sail cloth is constructed with a film on film shell, black x-ply and strengthened with a black coated polyester. The black coating on the polyester helps increase the UV resistant properties when compared to standard white polyester fibre. This Black Polyester Radial cloth is known for its exceptional performance characteristics as a polyester laminate. Greatly suited for many race classes that specify polyester as the only class legal fiber and for smaller boats that do not need more advanced fibres in order to achieve low levels of stretch and superior sail shape. The polyester base material keeps the cost down over other radial laminates with more advanced fibres. An ideal choice for the club racer looking for a durable high performance polyester radial laminate sail at an exceptional price. Greatly suited for many race classes that specify polyester as the only class legal fiber. This sail is great for club racers in high UV exposure areas and anyone looking for exceptional value in a laminate sail for a smaller boat.

  • Dimension-Polyant Flex Black

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    FLEX stands for "Fill Laminate Extra X". In the FLEX line additional 20° and 30° “Double X” pattern fibers are added to absorb multiple load situations. FLEX handles strain in six different directions, resulting in exceptional shape retention characteristics. The FLEX Black line incorporates Technora Black yarns in a sophisticated FLEX matrix of base 0-90˚ scrim and off angle yarns. This sail has excellent fill performance for crosscut applications and is very durable with high UV stability and impact resistance. The Black Technora Fibers ensure the highest shape holding characteristics of the FLEX line of sail cloth. Excellent for both racers and cruisers, the cross cut configuration helps keep this cloth at a better price point and is a great way to get into a Technora sail at a much reduced price point over other Technora alternatives in Radial configurations with a more expensive price tag.

  • Dimension-Polyant Black X-Tech

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    This radial constructed technora fibre laminate is highly advanced and balanced to prevent unwanted elongation. This cloth utilized two high end technora scrims instead of typical polyester scrim. The technora scrim is fill orientated for increased luff to leech strength. This is critical for roller furling and over-lapping headsails. High tenacity technora fibre offers high flex and impact durability. Black aramid warp fibers provide load line strength in tri-radial construction. Black die on the technora fibres increase UV resistance. This radial cloth comes from one of the best names in the racing industry, Dimension-Polyant! This cloth is for serious racers. The highly durable technora fibers in a radial construction will meet the high expectations of serious racers. Planning on furling this sail? Good news this is a great choice! The Technora Scrim increases life for roller furling sails and overlapping headsails.

  • Black Aramid Racing

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    This radial constructed black Aramid fibre laminate is highly advanced and balanced to prevent unwanted elongation. This cloth utilized two high end Aramid scrims instead of typical polyester scrim. The Aramid scrim is fill orientated for increased luff to leech strength. This is critical for roller furling and over-lapping headsails. High tenacity Aramid fibre offers high flex and impact durability. Black Aramid warp fibers provide load line strength in tri-radial construction. The black color of the Aramid fibres increase UV resistance. A ZigZag fibre layout ensures efficient support and distribution of the loads over the radial panels in your sail. Highly durable Aramid fibers in a radial construction will meet the high expectations of serious racers! This is the next step above a polyester based film on film radial laminate that offers increased shape holding ability. The special ZigZag fibre layout reduced load on Mylar Film giving you a sail that will retain its shape longer. Planning on furling this sail? Good news this is a great choice! The Aramid scrim increases life for roller furling sails and overlapping headsails. This cloth is also available in a Single Taffeta Version

  • Contender Carbon Sport

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    This cloth was specifically designed to address the growing costs of sailing for small to medium keelboat racers. Based on the GPL GraphX Carbon Racing Laminate which is already the most rugged performance laminate in the marketplace today. Carbon Sport captures the durability, UV resistance and high modulus of Carbon fiber and pairs this with a rugged polyester base scrim and Technora Black X-Ply. By substituting the Aramid Scrim found in GPL GraphiX, Carbon Sport is much more affordable and for boats under 40' this substitution does not adversely impact the strength of your sail. While the Scrim is different in this cloth, the Carbon counts are identical to the GPL line. If you are not looking for compromise in your racing sails but need something that will last longer than standard film on film sails, this is your best bet. These sails are the ultimate in durability and strength at the most affordable price in the market. The radial construction give you the most optimal shape in a carbon sail.

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