Whether you're after a basic cruising Dacron or a performance racing membrane, our sails are trusted by cruisers and racers alike from around the globe. Starting with exceptional sail design, our process delivers sails with world class performance, shape-holding and durability. Nothing leaves our facilities without passing the Precision Sails Standard For Quality.
In other words, when comparing apples to apples, our sails are guaranteed to match the quality of the most expensive sails from the best local lofts you can find. That's because our sails are built using the same brand name cloths, thread, hardware, design software and expert craftsmanship. At the same time, due to popular demand we offer economical options for sailors on a tight budget. Simply Click Here to find your sails in our database and choose a configuration that meets your requirements.
We have a huge selection of custom sailboat sails for sale and a team of dedicated staff working to make you the best sails possible. Also, be sure to Click Here to read about our sail construction specifications. We have detailed virtually every aspect of our cloth, hardware, craftsmanship and design. We design our sails professionally in-house at our loft and encourage you to work one-on-one with our sail designers to ensure we fulfill our Perfect Fit Guarantee. So if you're looking to buy new sails with expert craftsmanship, design, sailcloth and hardware - you came to the right place!
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Why Choose Precision Sails? What Sets Us Apart From Other Lofts?
At Precision Sails We Use Only First-Run Sail Cloth
From industry-leading North American and European manufacturers like Dimension-Polyant, Bainbridge International and Challenge Sailcloth our cloth is top of the line. With these high standards for cloth quality, we're proud to offer a 3 Year Warranty on Dacron Sails and 2 Year Warranty on all Laminate and Membrane Sails. We carry a wide range of cloths including Dacron, Laminates, Membrane, String and Fibres such as Carbon and Aramid. Click here to learn more about our cloth variety.
2. Off Shore Specifications
Strong as Rock, Light as a Feather
Leech, Luff and Foot tapes are all doubled. The extra tape layer give the sail much more strength on the outer edges of the sail. Usually one tape is larger than the other. For example on a larger sail we may use a 100mm tape and a 75mm tape together for the double tapes.
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.
As pictured below, we add many types of reinforcement to an offshore sail. Precision Sails offshore spec sails are designed to withstand the strongest of winds. Many lofts won't compare in the level of detail and reinforcements added. Always be sure to ask what makes your offshore sail different than a regular sail. We don't always add all of these specification below but the larger the sail, the more likely all of the below specifications will be added. The offshore package placed on your sail will be optimal for your boat size. On large boat sails you are likely to see all of the specifications below.
Leech and Luff Reinforcement Belts strengthen the sail along the leech and luff where the sail experiences a lot of forces.
Leech Seam Wedgies prevent the seams along the leech from splitting.
Double Ply Layers on all Patches 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.
With an off shore sail we often upgrade the hardware as well.
On a Mainsail this usually means larger battens and batten pockets, metal sliders, larger diameter press rings and more reinforcement webbing on each corner. Sometimes you will get an upgraded headboard and most of the time a second headboard slider.
On a Headsail this means larger webbing straps and a larger diameter clew press ring.
3. Sail Hardware
Hardware You Can Trust
Our design team works closely with clients to customize the hardware used on every sail. Whether your boat has mainsail cars, standard slides, tides marine track or bolt rope we are here to help. Hardware is very important in the life of the sail and it must be custom fit to your specific boat. A mistake in hardware can lead to more maintenance over time and an added expense for those on a budget. By ensuring your boat is outfitted with the proper hardware, our team helps to avoid any extra potential costs. We truly work closely with every client to ensure great fitting sails.
Our standard sail hardware comes from Challenge Sail Cloth and Bainbridge International. Often times sails require special parts from other hardware manufacturers. We can supply parts from just about any hardware supplier but our most popular are Harken, Tides Marine, Rutgerson, Antal, Bainbridge International and Challenge Sail Cloth. If you require something special let us know.
These flexible fiber glass battens come standard in 3 sizes: 15mm x 3mm, 30mm x 3mm, and 50mm x 3mm. Battens will give you more sail area and add durability to your sail.
Quality batten receptacles from Challenge and Bainbridge will always hold your battens firmly in place.
With 100's of sizes from Bainbridge and Challenge your mainsail will always fit no matter what type of mast profile you have.
Brass and stainless steel piston hanks ensure hank-on sails always easily raise and lower. The strong construction ensure they stand up in harsh ocean environments.
Quality alloy cleats ensure your leech and foot lines are always secured.
It takes upwards of 50 tons of pressure to press large diameter rings. Your main sail will come with 10mm, 12mm 20mm, 25mm 30mm, 35mm, 40mm, 50mm or 60mm press rings.
High tech metal alloy headboards accompany all mainsails. Extra webbing and a press ring is added to hold the headboard in place.Made from a metal alloy, these headboards will stand the test of time.
In mast furling mainsail are usually on large boats and so a quality clew block is required. Clew blocks are webbed on and varients are available.
UV Protected Waxed white thread is used on all of our sails. Thread weights come in V30, V46, V69, V92, V138, V207. Upgrades are available to different colors and to Tenara Gore-Tex Thread.
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4. Sail Craftsmanship
Perfect Right Down To The Last Detail
Our designers choose the appropriate seam widths that are used in each sail. For long lasting Dacron sails, you must ensure there is enough strength in the stitching to hold the load of the sail. This is why 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. This will lower required maintenance over the life of the sail. Larger seams will always have additional rows of stitching. Where a small sail may have 1 row of stitching, a large sail could have 4 or more.
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.
Leech and Foot lines ensure your sail is always working well even after many years of heavy use. Leech lines prevent fluttering and cloth fatigue. Lines come in Kevlar, Polyester, and Vectran.
Extra strength reinforcement webbing is used on the tack, clew and reefing rings / cringles as well as on headboards. This spreads the loads at critical points ensuring maximum sail durability.
Quality wool tell tales are placed on both sides of your head sail and nylon strips are placed along the leech of your mainsail. These are typically placed in 3 spots but depending on the size of your sail this may differ. Tell tales aid in the process of trimming a sail
Highly visible draft strips come standard in many colors including blue, green, red, black, white and grey. We can do multi stripes or singles stripes. Draft strips are typically in two or three locations and help you to determine the curvature of the sail.
Tapes run along all three sides of your sail. Proper sizing ensures durability without degrading performance. Single layered tapes are standard where double layered tape is used for offshore sails.
All of our sails come standard with an appropriately sized drawstring sail bag to help you transport and store your new sail.
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.
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.
Large diameter heavy duty press rings are used on the clew of your mainsail. These rings come in 14mm, 20mm, 25mm, 30mm, 35mm, 40mm, 50mm and 60mm sizes. An appropriate size will be used for your sail. Depending on your configuration a clew slug may also be added.
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.
A press or round ring will be used on the tack of your sail. This is typically slightly smaller than your clew ring. The placement of your mainsail tack is very important for proper fit. We hand cut our mainsail tack corners to ensure the placement of your tack is perfect.
Aluminum 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.
Strong 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.
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.
A 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 shape.
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.
Overhead Leech Line
A batten pocket that performs well is essential in keeping your battens secured and in place. Extra pocket reinforcement is standard. We offer several pocket types including, flip flop, velcro insert, tie in, and leech wrap. Our standard is flip flop but we always recommend the velcro insert.
Standard leech lines with a cleat is included in all Mainsails. Overhead leech lines are available for boats where it's difficult to reach the clew of the sail . If your clew is difficult to reach we can design a leech line that runs up the leech, around a block at the head and down the luff.
Headsail Tack and Head
An appropriate but oversized press ring will be used so that using large or multiple sheets is not a problem. These rings come in 14mm, 20mm, 25mm, 30mm, 35mm, 40mm, 50mm and 60mm sizes. As always this ring will be reinforced with webbing straps.
A furling head sail will have a webbing loop at the tack and head. This is best because the webbing loop allows the sail to easily roll around itself while having its corners remain fixed. Webbing comes in 25mm, 30mm and 38mm sizes.
Velcro Tab Leech and Foot Lines
Dacron or Sunbrella (Acrylic) UV Protection is added to furling head sails to protect the sail cloth when furled. We use a special formula to ensure your sail has enough uv protection but not too much as this adds unnecessary weight to your sail. UV is placed along the leech and foot of the sail and standard colors are White, Navy Blue, Pacific Blue, Forest Green, Black, Grey, Red, and Burgundy.
Velcro tab leech and foot line ends are used because they hold their position best when the sail is flogging. A velcro pocket covers the lines and ensures everything is protected from the sun.
Tell Tale Window
A Foam Luff provides better sail shape and cleaner leading edge by flattening the sail as it is furled. This means improved performance in reefed conditions. Foam luff is recommended in most cases but if you are in very humid conditions a rope will be used instead of foam. This will always be placed on the opposite side as your UV Protection.
Tell tale windows are a round window placed at the tell tales of a head sail so you can see the tell tales on the opposite side of the sail easily. This is an additional option you can add to your sail.
5. Sail Design
Perfect Sails Start With Perfect Design
Designed using industry leading Sail Design software Sail Pack, your sails will always have a leading edge. Don't be fooled by other online sail companies that don't and can't design your sails. All designs are done in our head office and our designers customize every order, unlike many sail makers in the industry, Nothing is standard.
3D Modeling to understand strain and load paths of the sail cloth is done on all sails. Cloth warp and fill fibre orientation is taken into account for proper load assessment. Areas of high load and the effects of the bias elongation with a Cunningham, halyard and out haul tensions are also considered. Custom modeling for each clients sail, taking into considerations, mast bend, rake, boom position, head widths and custom leech roaches is a critical part of every design.
All of our sails are custom designed specifically for your boat, not for another like it. Just like people, every boat is different, even production model boats have differences. By customizing every design not only do you get the best possible fitting sail, you're also able to make changes that you wouldn't get to otherwise. For example have you ever wanted to be able to see under your head sail better? Maybe your boom keeps hitting your dodger or even your head? Both of these are easily solved with our custom design. This means you don't get a reused sail design originally for someone else. Sails designs are always available upon request. Just ask us and we'll be happy to send your design to you.
Because we design all of our sails in house, you always have an opportunity to speak with one of our sail designers about your sail. Just ask and we'll even give you a personal design overview. Professional service and professional advice means you get prompt, courteous and expert customer service. We understand that purchasing new sails can be confusing and we are here to make it pain free, informative and enjoyable.