Setting up your rigging to suit your boat is paramount in achieving peak performance from your sails. On Ask Precision Sails we had a question from customer Jim who wants to know: “Should I add a topping lift to my boat? And if so how do I rig it up?” First of […]
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.
Ever wondered how to measure for a new main while your mast and rigging is down or taken apart? Clients tell us all the time that they can’t get their measurements to us because their sailboat’s rigs are taken apart. This blog has the information on how to get the measurements for your mast sliders, backstay position, tack connections, clew slug, Max foot, halyard shackle, and your max hoist. The process is made easier with a buddy so try to have one around and call us anytime, we’re here to help.
Learn how Precision Sails defines their Rig Spec measurements and Dimensions. This blog will help you to understand how Precision Sails labels sailboat rig specifications. If you need a replacement or new mainsail and /or headsail you will need to measure your sailboat’s rigging, sails, and rigs. One thing we tell sailors here at Precision Sails is “the effort you put into measuring really does translate into the quality of sail you get.” If quality measurements are given to designers, it allows them to create an excellent performing sail.
What is the best batten configuration on a mainsail for performance cruising? First of all, it is important to consider the size of your vessel and the roach that you have in your mainsail, this will ultimately determine which batten configuration will work best for you. Typically, performance cruising and club racing vessels will use a mixture of both full and partial battens. Darryl, the owner of Precision Sails, says two full and two partial battens is the recipe for success. Sometimes having a bit of both really is the best thing.
When you receive your mainsail from Precision Sails we supply you with a Velcro strap which is intended to be put on the clew around the boom. This Velcro strap has a couple of functions. The first is for when you’re sailing in heavy winds or stormy weather you can wrap it through your clew and around your boom for extra stability and strength. Another is when you are not using a clew slug, you can simply use the Velcro strap and make quick adjustments to the tension of the sail. In this video Darryl, owner of Precision Sails, reviews the various uses for your Velcro strap on the clew.
Should you put an offshore reinforcement package on the lower quality Dacrons or is that something that you just put on the better quality sail cloth? When it comes to the quality of Dacron sails, the better the quality, like the 400 and 500 series we offer, the longer they’re going to hold their sail shape and the more resistance they will have to UV damage from the sun. This level of Dacron sails will last you longer. The offshore package we offer has double tapes along the leech, luff, and foot. Wider seams, leech seam wedgies, reef reinforcement belts, and upgraded hardware.
For anyone doing an ocean crossing, serious offshore sailing, or are the type of sailor that likes to be out in any condition, we recommend having one in your sail inventory. We recommend this because most sailors only have one mainsail on board. A trysail is there to make sure that your mainsail does not take on any unnecessary damage and means you are able to confidently sail in heavier weather conditions. This blog explores the benefits of a trysail and why trysails are built to withstand more extreme conditions.
Quick guide on all things battens. In this blog we walk you through the process of opening your battens as when they arrive they will be zip tied together in a tight coil under a lot of tension. We will then discuss the straightforward process of measuring and cutting your battens and the tools needed to complete this. Finally guide you through installing your battens. If you have any questions please reach out, we’ll be happy to answer!
What started out as a fast sleigh ride down the coast from Galveston to Port Arkansas, Texas in 15-20kts winds finished with a norther blowing 35-42kts and 10-12ft seas. A blown mainsail tells the tale; this mainsail had been ridden hard over the years and has now been replaced with a new main from Precision Sails. Join Paul as he reflects on taking home 1st place in their division, 1st place in the Jeanneau fleet, and 5th overall fleet on corrected time and how his new Genoa from Precision Sails greatly contributed to his team’s winning performance!
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.