sailcloth fabric and type

  • 14 Mar 2018 23:49
    Reply # 5979317 on 5967341
    Ketil Greve wrote:

    Marie G has a sail of heavy spinnakercloth....


    Ketil - could you give the weight of the cloth of your sail please. 


    Erik

  • 12 Mar 2018 15:36
    Reply # 5967341 on 5961668

    Marie G has a sail of heavy spinnakercloth. The sail has withstood Wind up to 16 m/s With gusts up to 24. The sail has bendt 2 yards an 2 battens. Yard 1: mast section of 45x 65, 2mm thick wall, and yard 2: round ø 65mm 3mm wall. Both bended when flying, 12 knots+ before the Wind. The sailcloth is prone to chafe and uv, so ideally used for racing or weekendsailing. The boat is 33 ft and sail area is 55 sq.m. I am very pleased with it, and recommend Tuchwerkstatt and Sebastian Henschel any time.  


  • 12 Mar 2018 09:03
    Reply # 5966758 on 5961668
    Jonathon Bryant wrote:

    Hi,

    I'm building a 170sq.ft (16sq.m)cambered sail for my 19ft Pearson packet overnighter. Initially for coastal cruising but maybe some bigger adventures on the cards.

    I've looked through lots of old posts and there seems to be a strong argument for a lighter fabric in order to fill the sail in light winds. Other arguments are for UV damage and strength. Here's my final list, can you help me choose the best cloth for my project.

    1. Weathermax 65 - 220gm/m or 5.6oz/y

    2. Polyester colored dacron sailcloth - 135gm/m or 4oz

    3. Nylon spinnaker cloth - 110gm/m or 1.5oz


    Thanks

    A query on the cloth weights - 1.5oz/ sq yd is 65gsm, and I would think that is too light for anything bigger than a small dinghy. It's not so much a question of strength and stability, as robustness against chafe and general long term wear and tear, if used for more than day sailing.

    110gsm, or ~ 3 oz/sq yd would be about right as a minimum weight, I think and the softer the better.

  • 11 Mar 2018 23:24
    Reply # 5966063 on 5966001
    Anonymous member (Administrator)
    Jonathon Bryant wrote:

     I'm a bit reluctant to use the spinnaker cloth for the entire sail, how do you feel about making the upper panels two with a heavier weight cloth?

    Jonathon

    Sounds like an OK idea to me.


  • 11 Mar 2018 22:15
    Reply # 5966001 on 5961668

    Thanks Arne,

    the boat is listed as 1000 lbs./ 454 kgs. displacement. I'll see if I can get a sample of the medium weight cloth to check the stiffness. I assume it might cause problems with reefing if too stiff. I'm a bit reluctant to use the spinnaker cloth for the entire sail, how do you feel about making the upper panels two with a heavier weight cloth?

    Jonathon

  • 11 Mar 2018 15:25
    Reply # 5962642 on 5961668
    Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Jonathon,

    Alternative #1 is in my view a bit on the heavy side. I used Odyssey III of the same weight for  the 20sqm sail of my Frøken Sørensen (Story 1 and 2). In light winds I felt that the sail struggled a bit with filling, in particular for the first half hour after having been stowed for a few days.

    On your smaller sail I think that the 135g/sqm polyester cloth sounds promising, if it not of  very stiff material. By ensuring that the edges of the sails are strong, it is unlikely that this cloth will cause any trouble when cruising. What is the displacement of your boat?

    The nylon spinnaker cloth would be my first choice for dinghies and for daysailing with sails up to maybe as much as 20sqm. I would then be careful to use a sail cover when leaving the boat.

    I used some sort of light nylon (weight ?) on the 10sqm sail for my dinghy, Broremann (Story 1 and 2), and the panels inflated in the lightest winds, and never gave any trouble.

    Good luck with your project!

    Arne

    PS: look up Broremann on YouTube

  • 11 Mar 2018 13:40
    Message # 5961668

    Hi,

    I'm building a 170sq.ft (16sq.m)cambered sail for my 19ft Pearson packet overnighter. Initially for coastal cruising but maybe some bigger adventures on the cards.

    I've looked through lots of old posts and there seems to be a strong argument for a lighter fabric in order to fill the sail in light winds. Other arguments are for UV damage and strength. Here's my final list, can you help me choose the best cloth for my project.

    1. Weathermax 65 - 220gm/m or 5.6oz/y

    2. Polyester colored dacron sailcloth - 135gm/m or 4oz

    3. Nylon spinnaker cloth - 110gm/m or 1.5oz


    Thanks

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