Maximum Sail Power

Chapter 7 – The Devil is in the Details – Part 3

10 Mar
Chapter 7 is close-up look at the individual parts of a sail. We will examine all the bits and pieces that go into making a good sail from whether you should add a foam luff and sunshield to a headsail or have full length battens in your mainsail. Understanding the make-up of your sails is key to getting the most use and performance out of them.



In the previous chapter we looked at in-mast furling mainsails and some of their drawbacks most notably the amount of sail area that is lost
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Chapter 7 – The Devil is in the details – Part 2

30 Jan
Chapter 7 is close-up look at the individual parts of a sail. We will examine all the bits and pieces that go into making a good sail from whether you should add a foam luff and sunshield to a headsail or have full length battens in your mainsail. Understanding the make-up of your sails is key to getting the most use and performance out of them.





MAINSAIL DETAILS FOR THE CRUISING SAILOR

It used to be simple. In the
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Chapter 7 – The Devil is in the details – Part 1

14 Dec
Chapter 7 is close-up look at the individual parts of a sail. We will examine all the bits and pieces that go into making a good sail from whether you should add a foam luff and sunshield to a headsail or have full length battens in your mainsail. Understanding the make-up of your sails is key to getting the most use and performance out of them.
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Chapter 6 – Where Art and Science Meet – Part 4

18 Nov
Chapter 6 is an in-depth look at the sailmaking process from how we used to make to how they are made these days in a modern sail loft. There is a lot to cover from basic design elements like sail geometry and engineering to a look at the manufacturing process. There are four parts to Chapter 6. This is the last part that is about the various stages to making sails. I urge you to download the first three parts so that you will have a comprehensive knowledge of sail design as well as the manufacturing process which will also
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Chapter 6 – Where Art and Science Meet – Part 3

20 Oct
Chapter 6 is an in-depth look at the sailmaking process from how we used to make to how they are made these days in a modern sail loft. There is a lot to cover from basic design elements like sail geometry and engineering to a look at the manufacturing process. There will be four parts to Chapter 6. This is part 3 that is all about how sail designers  . I urge you to download Part 1 and 2 as well as Part 3 and 4 when they are published so that you will have a comprehensive knowledge of sail ...
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Chapter 6 – Where Art and Science Meet – Part 2

6 Oct
Chapter 6 is an in-depth look at the sailmaking process from how sails used to be made to how they are made these days in a modern sail loft. There is a lot to cover from basic design elements like sail geometry and engineering to a look at the manufacturing process. There will be four parts to Chapter 6 starting with this one that covers some of the elements of sail design.

Chapter 6 is an in-depth look at the sailmaking process from how we used to make to how they
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Chapter 6 – Where Art and Science Meet – Part 1

15 Sep
Chapter 6 is an in-depth look at the sailmaking process from how sails used to be made to how they are made these days in a modern sail loft. There is a lot to cover from basic design elements like sail geometry and engineering to a look at the manufacturing process. There will be four parts to Chapter 6 starting with this one that covers some of the elements of sail design.

You can download this chapter as a pdf here



The basic tools of sailmaking are no longer the stuff of charm and tradition. Where bolts of sailcloth, spools ...
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Chapter 5 – Molded Sails

22 Jul
In this chapter we will look at molded sails. Placing individual fibers precisely along the anticipated load paths in a sail has revolutionized sailmaking. But it has not been all smooth sailing. We will look at the very beginnings of molded sails to get some perspective on how far we have come. At the end of this blog is a link to subscribe so that you get all posts and can educate yourself on the subject of sails and sailmaking. There is also a great free gift when you subscribe. Thanks for reading.

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The Wind is Still Free

15 Jul
Beautiful sails on Velsheda – photo credit Marc Heupers


Here is something that all sailors should know. The science behind how a boat sails to windward. Yup, we all know that boats can sail close to the wind but very few actually know how it all works both above and below the waterline.


Well here is my gift to you. I came across this great little video that explains it all in very simple terms. It’s worth ten minutes of your time to watch the video. If you understand the forces that are at work you will be a much better
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Chapter 4 – A Primer on Panel Layouts – Part 2

27 Jun
In Part 2 of Chapter 4 – A Primer on Panel Layouts – we will look at radial sails and how laminated fabric is used to build a much better engineered sail. At the end of this blog is a link to subscribe so that you get all posts and can educate yourself on the subject of sails and sailmaking. There is also a great free gift when you subscribe. Thanks for reading.

Radial Sails
While cross-cut sails were built from woven Dacron, laminated fabrics allowed sailmakers to build both cross-cut ...
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