Are laminate sails worth upgrading to from regular Dacron sails? Yes, in some cases, in others, no. The main difference between a Dacron and a laminate sail is in the shape of your sails when you tack and how this impacts on the performance of the maneuver. The price point also has to feel right for you. If there is a large difference in price between Dacron and laminate sails, then a set of high-quality Dacron sails are still going to satisfy your needs for the long term. It all depends on what you are trying to get out of your boat and which sails you will need to accomplish those goals.
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!
Looking for a new sail, you’ve probably come across the terms crosscut and tri-radial. These are the two most common configurations of panel construction in sails. This blog explores the differences between these two sail patterns, why fibers are important, and the differences between sailcloth types. Learn all you need to know to decide which sail is the best for your boat.
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