Good sailcloth for JR

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  • 17 Jan 2018 12:50
    Reply # 5687426 on 1206989

    The blue end of the spectrum reflects UV, and remains more colourfast; the red end of the spectrum absorbs UV (so the dye fades quicker), but this doesn't necessarily mean that the cloth breaks down. White (the absence of dye) both lets all colours of light, including UV, into the heart of the fabric and reflects all colours of light equally. I wouldn't worry too much about cloth breakdown in high latitudes, but I would certainly avoid white in the tropics, for both long life and crew comfort.

  • 17 Jan 2018 09:01
    Reply # 5687258 on 1206989

    Hey, most of the comments about the colour have been from safety/comfort point of view and I agree the dark ones have its advantage. What about the relation between light/dark colour and the durability?


    Here it says:

    * 100% Solution-Dyed Woven SaturaMax * Width: 60" Fused Edges * Weight: 8.0 oz. / sq. yd. * Finish: HydroMax * Water, Dirt, Mildew Resistant

    Does that mean the light colours are also 100% dyed and if they are somewhat less resistance to UV etc? Any opinions on that?
    Last modified: 17 Jan 2018 10:46 | Anonymous member
  • 27 Dec 2017 11:35
    Reply # 5649361 on 5649055
    Asmat Downey wrote:

    Grey sea, grey sky and murky visibility make a white sails disappear while a dark colour continues to stand out.

    Not to mention the yellow!


  • 26 Dec 2017 22:22
    Reply # 5649055 on 1206989

    Safety is improved by coloured sails as well. Grey sea, grey sky and murky visibility make a white sails disappear while a dark colour continues to stand out.

  • 26 Dec 2017 08:24
    Reply # 5648536 on 1206989

    I find that colours towards the red end of the spectrum are easier on the eyes, both when sewing sails and when using them, and I think this is because they are absorbing the UV, rather than reflecting it into my eyes as blue does. Silver would be terrible, worse than white, but if light coloured sails are desired, cream colour is not too bad.

    White sails are a common choice because white cloth is less expensive to produce - it's not that the cloth is coloured white but that there is an absence of colour - the fibre has not had to go through a dying process. 

    Last modified: 26 Dec 2017 08:32 | David
  • 26 Dec 2017 04:08
    Reply # 5648449 on 1206989

    Coloured sails can have the advantage of less glare than white sails. I didn't realise how much easier on the eyes they could be until I had some, tan sails both in China Girl II and Ivory Gull.

    Last modified: 26 Dec 2017 04:10 | Gerald
  • 25 Dec 2017 23:38
    Reply # 5648362 on 1206989

    A five-year warranty is a five-year warranty.  Significantly, they only give three years on the red, which I suspect fades.

    I wouldn't agree that your present colour scheme looks 'heavy', but if you're used to everyone having a white boat, colours can be a bit of a culture shock.  I'd have a coloured sail, myself, but then, I love colours!  Look at my 'avatar'!

    Last modified: 25 Dec 2017 23:40 | Annie
  • 25 Dec 2017 19:53
    Reply # 5648242 on 1206989

    It has been mentioned that dark color fabrics tend to have better UV-resistance compared to light color ones. My boat's color scheme being already kinda "heavy" will be prettier with White sail, I think. Maybe Silver would be fine also, Royal would be the last choice. Talking about Weathermax 80 color options.

    Here is the current look

    Is the UV-resistance for White actually that bad it should really be avoided?

    Last modified: 25 Dec 2017 19:55 | Anonymous member
  • 25 Dec 2017 19:48
    Reply # 5648240 on 5648009
    Hard Perk wrote: Does anyone know if the Weathermax 80 is one-sided and how well does it last under the sunlight?

    I am about to start making a new sail and haven't been able to decide if I should go for Weathermax 80 or Dacron. 

    I read, somewhere, a review that said Weathermax outlasted Sunbrella.  I had a suit of Sunbrella sails on Badger that lasted 11 years and 80,000 miles and were never covered.  They still had a fair bit of life left in them when they were replaced.  So the Weathermax should last at least as long and a lot longer than Dacron. 
  • 25 Dec 2017 17:39
    Reply # 5648156 on 1206989

    It is not coated and looks the same on each side.  5 year warranty I think. It is softer than Sunbrella and folds/packs down really well. If you are interested in WM80, consider also getting samples of the regular WM and the two weights of Top Notch. All four are similar products.


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