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Types of Downwind Sails: Understanding Code Zeros, Spinnakers, Genoas, and More

This comprehensive article delves into the world of sail selection for cruisers, shedding light on the often overlooked domain of downwind sails. It begins by acknowledging the historical emphasis on racing sails within the sail-making industry, highlighting the specific needs of cruisers that require attention.

The article explores various types of downwind sails, such as code zeros, genoas, and spinnakers, offering insights into their characteristics and applications. It simplifies complex sail terminology, making it accessible to both newcomers and experienced sailors. The explanation of percentage-based sizing (LP) versus J measurement provides a clear understanding of sail dimensions.

Cruisers are guided on building a sail inventory tailored to their needs, considering factors like space, budget, and intended sailing destinations. The advantages of sail customization and collaboration with sail designers are highlighted, emphasizing the importance of sails optimized for individual preferences and conditions.

The article concludes by detailing different downwind sail options, including code zeros, genoas, cruising spinnakers, reachers, gennakers, and symmetrical spinnakers. Each sail type’s characteristics, handling, and suitability for various wind conditions are thoroughly explained, helping cruisers make informed choices.

Throughout the article, the reader is encouraged to engage with Precision Sails, a sailmaker with expertise in cruiser-specific sail solutions. The article effectively demystifies sail selection, making it a valuable resource for cruisers seeking an enhanced sailing experience.

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How to Order a New Sail

How to: Order a New Sail

Ever wondered how to order a new sail? It’s as easy as picking up the phone and talking to our expert sales team. Follow this info graphic and blog post to order an amazing sail from Precision Sails. We have excellent customer service and quality of sails. We spend more time with our clients than the competition on consultation and design to ensure our clients are completely satisfied with their new sail. Give us a call at +1 888-958-5638. Whether you’re browsing for prices or need a sail immediately, we will get you the information you need within 24-48 hours.

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How To Get The Best Sails From Precision Sails

When you choose to work with Precision Sails, you are choosing to work with a team dedicated to making you the best sail for your boat and ensuring you experience the best possible customer service. We strive to guarantee your sails not only fit your boat perfectly but meet expectations for their intended use and longevity. The design team is based in-house and uses industry leading technology to develop and model your custom sails. Our designers will work with you one-on-one to create the best sail for you. We care about the details and are ready to accommodate any request. It’s easy to get an amazing sail from Precision Sails, the key to this lies in communication, so let’s start talking.

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Wind Specifications For Cruising Asymmetrical Spinnakers

The question of what the wind specifications for cruising asymmetrical spinnakers is a tough question. There are many different types of spinnakers, each designed to perform best in different kinds of wind. The most versatile of these is the code 2 asymmetrical spinnaker (A2), an all purpose / medium running sail. Each series of spinnaker has its different uses and when choosing a new sail there are numerous components that should be factored into the decision making process. When you team up with Precision Sails you get to work with one of our sail designers to tailor fit your spinnaker to exactly what you’re looking for.

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Sail Graphics, Colored Dacron and Color Customizations

There are countless options for customizing your sail. You can use colored Dacron, Spinnaker cloth, colored features, or even custom sail graphics. One of the most exciting parts of ordering a sail is the customization. It is your opportunity to emblazon your team logo, a symbol that represents your family, a play on your boat’s name, your boat’s insignia, or to match your Dodger or Bimini to your sail. Precision Sails uses a variety of different techniques to customize a sail, read more to learn about the different options available. If you are interested in getting a new sail with graphics on it, call us! Our design team is ready and waiting to help bring your vision to life.

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How To Measure For A New Spinnaker

Matt and Jessica from MJ Sailing are going to dive into the Precision Sails Spinnaker Measurement form and show you how easy it is to measure for a new spinnaker by taking measurements for their boat, Elements of Life, a 1983 Trisalu. Watch as they go through the process of completing the spinnaker measurement form, you can find your form on our website.

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How To Read Your Quote From Precision Sails

Whether you already requested a quote or are curious as to the layout and information found on our quotes this article is for you. Ron McInnis, Director of Sales & Marketing, breaks down the various pages of your quote and explains where to find helpful resources for sailors interested in learning a bit more about sails, sail options, and sailcloth. Feel free to contact us or book an appointment for a consultation at your convenience.It is our goal to help you make the best buying decision possible.

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Checking Sails At Home

With the sailing season almost upon those of us living in the northern hemisphere, now is the time to inspect our sails so we can be confident they will survive another season of abuse. Unfortunately, this is not one of the more glamorous or exciting parts of sailing, and for some, it can fall by the wayside until it is too late. However, if you do not mind filling your living room with Dacron for an afternoon, we will show you how to inspect your sails from the comfort of your own couch!

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Offshore Sailing: Heavy Weather

We will be discussing the best methods to handle your boat safely in foul weather conditions while sailing offshore. Learning how to safely handle your vessel in these conditions can give you the confidence to overcome this fear, ultimately seeing the storm not as an ordeal but simply an opportunity to sail in different conditions. The blog ascertains the points of passage planning, prior preparations and heavy weather sail configurations and more.

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