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SAIL CARE

 
LOOKING AFTER YOUR SAILS
 
UV DAMAGE
 
SALT DAMAGE
 
CHAFFE DAMAGE
 
SAIL REPAIR
 
LOFT Services

 

salt damage
SAIL CARE | SALT DAMAGE
 
Salt water, we can’t really avoid it so we need to be aware of the harm it causes sails and do what we can to limit it. Salt crystals when they dry expand, when this is put in the context of sails it means that our sails when they dry from a rough days sailing, are being cut on a microscopic level by the sharp edged salt crystals expanding inside the weave of Dacron sails. The end result is that the sail is being weakened.  This is something we cannot fix on a sail by sail basis but there are things that can be done to limit the effect.
 
Washing the sail results in the crystals being washed away, often this means that the sails look better too as the stains of a years sailing are washed away to say nothing of any mould or mildew forming on the sail. For those of you who wish to attempt to do this at home, please DO NOT use bleach as the chemicals remove the resins applied to the sail in construction and lead to the untimely demise of the sail and break down in the stitching.
 
An easier alternative is using the laundry service available from your local Ullman sails agent. Ullman sails are currently the only sail loft in the UK using a non invasive ecologically friendly sail washing system.  It is often thought that washing is only appropriate for woven sails but this is not true, salt crystals can play havoc with the delicate mylar films used in race sails leading to early de-lamination.  
 
Holmekol
 
Sails can also be refinished now with a nano-technology system called holmekol seal and glide. This revolutionary system has been used by Ullman sails for the last two years to reduce drag in one design sails. The patented two pack system is applied to the sail on both sides to reduce drag, improve tear strength, waterproof the sail. The results have been remarkable. Sails shed water rather than absorb it leading to a lighter sail and therefore higher performance. Telltales hardly ever stick even in the rain and friction is reduced by up to 14.2%. Now we can offer this amazing product to all of our customers whether racing fanatics or cruising yachtsmen looking for a little more performance and longevity.
 
Now What?
 
Found a problem what do you do now?
 
Most sail lofts can supply an emergency sail repair kit with a little self adhesive patch material and a needle, thread and palm. This will get you to the end of your weeks holiday or maybe even the season but there is really no substitute for getting the sail professionally repaired. Very often the sailmaker may have an idea what caused the damage even if you haven’t and can rectify the problem probably a lot quicker than you can!
 
It is often easy to think that sails have had an easy season and only sailed a hundred or so miles but don’t forget when you are tucked up safely at home with the central heating on and a hot dinner in front of you, your sails are still out there in the rain, sun and changing temperatures. So have a heart and give them a holiday this winter in your local sail loft
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