You shouldn't pay too much attention to the handsewn folks in the pacific northwest
. If they didn't argue they were better than modern technology then they wouldn't have a business, but saying so doesn't make it so.
Designs for pressed-in cringles have evolved. Thirty years ago there were aluminum
plates on each side of the fabric, with little spikes that pierced the sail, and the stainless ring held them together. Of course aluminum
is prone to corrosion
, particularly in tropical conditions, so I don't doubt the aluminum spikes could corrode and lose the grip on the cloth after many years, although I didn't experience that. At least some of the modern cringles are all stainless. And if they are pressed in to spec on an hydraulic press they are stronger and more durable than sewn-on cringles. Of course there should always be tabling (reinforcing layers of sailcloth) added in way of the cringle.
Holding out for handsewn cringles is like insisting on cotton sails
- very authentic but rather silly. Modern sails work just fine, are very durable, and will need replacing all too soon due to the sun weakening the fabric rather than rings pulling out, etc.