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S. V. Event Horizon
S.V. Event Horizon
When we purchased our J 40 she came with several Dacron sails in “good” condition. After a few months of racing it was apparent we had exceeded both their performance and life expectancy. My wife and I contacted several local, commonly known sailmakers who were unresponsive or very “non-customer service focused”. Being a viewer of several YouTube sailing channels (mainly MJ Sailing) and seeing their experience I decided to submit a request for quote for a 142% laminate head sail.
Owen's S.V. Event Horizon, a J40 with Precision Sails Mainsail and Headsail
The prices and lead times positively surprised us and we decided that Precision was “at least worth a risk”. Our sail designer was Darryl (the owner) who was responsive, thorough and friendly through the design process.
The day the sail did arrive all of my racing friends and I spread the sail out for a detailed inspection making direct comparisons to the big name sailmakers of the area. The quality, fit and finished rivaled any which we collectively had seen. We were so satisfied we had a matching main sail made over the winter and could not be happier.
S. V. Event Horizon with Precision Sails Mainsail and Headsail
This season with the new combination our racing has made a major step forward. The visual aesthetics of the sails is only overpowered by the quality and performance. We have raced from conditions as light as 5 knots to over 40 knots putting the sails through the paces.
S. V. Event Horizon Heeling during a race
I have been approached several time receiving complements on our sails and quickly refer them to Precision. We will be expanding our sail inventory as our racing also expands and we will work with Precision through this evolution.
A leech line is attached at the head of your sail and runs down to just above the clew. This line can be usually be adjusted using cleats, or Velcro tabs at the clew or intermediately at reefs. Tensioning this line reduces flutter in the trailing edge of the sail and improves sail shape. Foot lines run along [...]
Matt Parsons S. V. Gudgeon Hunter 36 - Cherubini Design I got my sailboat, Gudgeon, on a whim. I’d heard you could live on a sailboat and so I bought the first one I set foot on, a rather tired Cherubini designed Hunter 36. Built in 1980, she was older than I was and though kinda overbuilt as was common for [...]
Checking the condition of your sails is a major component of regular maintenance. It can prevent small issues from becoming larger disasters in the future. And when purchasing a boat can inform you about the upkeep and age of the sails from the prior owner. Unfortunately, it is probably one of the more mundane tasks during an [...]
The Hidden Truth of UV RaysSailcloth is made up of smaller threads which are strung together as warp and fill fibers designed to take on the specific load bearing needs of a sail's design. You can read more about that here. These fibers are susceptible to UV damage as the rays begin to degrade [...]
Crosscut and Tri-Radial Sails Anyone looking at replacing their sails will have come across the terms crosscut, and tri-radial. These are the two most common configurations of panel construction in sails. Crosscut vs Tri-RadialCrosscut Crosscut sails are made of a series of panels sewn parallel to the foot in a “stacking” pattern. This sail configuration is the most economical of [...]
Who is Bainbridge SPX Strong Fill 55 suited for? Designed off the success of the Balanced 25 Series of sailcloth, Bainbridge developed this cloth to be more durable with greater UV protection suitable for a wider range of sailing utilization. A good option for medium size boats cruising in light conditions or weekend sailors looking [...]
Why do sails get dirty? Often, sails will be taken out of storage or unfurled, and the dreaded black blotches of mildew will rear their ugly head. There are two truths to this. First, mildew is a common occurrence on sails. And second, it is important to recognize that while unsightly and reducing the visual appeal of your sails there [...]
Black Spreader Patches can be seen on SV Nirvana's ZZP Laminate Headsail What Are Spreader Patches? A Spreader Patch is a sacrificial strip of Insignia cloth which is used to protect sections of your sail from chafing caused by spreaders or other sharp objects when pressed up against the sail. To prolong the life of your sails you should install your [...]
Who is Bainbridge SPX Balanced 25 suited for? Known for their innovative production techniques and quality control Bainbridge’s SPX Balanced 25 is a great cloth for weekend sailors, or those sailing in light wind and UV conditions. High quality but without the price point of a higher end Dacron, this cloth is also a great option for those looking to [...]