I sail a Nauta 54', 26tonnes, say 53,000lbs, cutter
I found she sails fantastic with full mainsail
and innerstay jib
, under F5+ so i decided that a new main is the first sail to be renewed after 10+ years
Main is triradial cut laminated dacron... great make by the time.
I met a guy in Italy
... he is the sole rep of BANKS SAILS in Italy
, and incidentally he has won the Middle Sea Race
last year (60% boats retired)....and participated Olympics
Dacron must be interewaved with Dyneema
, to get stability of form.
However, dacron must be doubled and reinforced, resulting in a thicker, heavier produce, rippable, and less resistant overall. Hydranet, Vectran...poly-HT.....are all brand names of this reinforced Dacron..... point is, it costs almost like a basic modern fibered sail!
Sails with oriented fibers are not calculated by weight/square ft, but by the amount of fiber changing seamlessly depending on where stress is more (closer fibers) or less.
Performance cruisers have a cover of taffeta, to protect from chafing... racing
sails have none.
BANKS is reportedly the only one with taffeta layer in the MIDDLE, resulting is a sail surface which is totally water-proof, which also means no sand, no dirty deposits, etc.
Indeed taffeta absorbs a terrific amount of water!
Laminated sails are seamless, with no reinforcement pads or patchwork, they weight much less (11.2 vs 15.5, in proportion)
On a 54', savings in weight could be 40+lbs, with a superior ability to get rolled smoothly....
FIBER: choice of color and type may vary.... but I understand that Dyneema
is lighter, perfect under UV, and more tensile than others apart carbon fibers, which are the most delicate on bending forces, however.
Maybe difficult to forecast
durability....as technology moves on, do we really need to keep a sail for 10+years and 50k nm, or more
We sailors.. yet wehave more care of our engines and chargers, than sails....
Choosing a sailmaker
is like selecting your Taylor, who must be at reach every third year, for control, maintenance
, upgrades.... therefore, if you sail blue waters, having a sailmaker
with extensive reps around is a great plus :-)
Also, on a nice boat sails are our business card... :-)