Originally Posted by Kestrahl
DP doesn't make a cloth called 'premium grade cruising'. So not useful information unless you know what cloth it actually was.
Their base dacron used to be called TNF and was very average, but that was a few years ago now.
All of them are capable of making good and bad cloth depending on price
You may have noticed, or not, my use of small letters which implies not using a brand name of the cloth. In the leaflet delivered with the sails
, the sailmaker
desribes the cloth as 'premium grade cruising polyester from German cloth manufacturer Dimension Polyant' (translated). The sails
being made around 2002 I doubt we can today look up on what that phrase meant in respect of DP's present offer.
Long story short, the sails: a) stretched (sailmaker's error) b) got severely affected by the UV (in less than 15k Nm of navigation
= less than two years of use). And we do use Sunbrela sail covers when docked, like anybody else.
As you said, all of them make various grades of cloth, we paid for premium DP cloth and yet it did not deliver premium performance.