SailNet Community - Reply to Topic
Thread: Sail inspections Reply to Thread
Send Trackbacks to (Separate multiple URLs with spaces) :
Post Icons
You may choose an icon for your message from the following list:

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the SailNet Community forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.
Please note: After entering 3 characters a list of Usernames already in use will appear and the list will disappear once a valid Username is entered.

User Name:
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:


Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.

  Additional Options
Miscellaneous Options

Click here to view the posting rules you are bound to when clicking the
'Submit Reply' button below

  Topic Review (Newest First)
10-17-2000 04:12 PM
Sail inspections

A high-level kind of test seems to be to check if it''s crispy or nice and soft. You DON''T want the latter, not even on Dacron sails, since they also typically have been coated with some wax-like feeling material that gives as the sail is used.

If the sails are crispy, you are typically in reasonable shape.
10-02-2000 04:00 PM
Sail inspections

The sounds you get from passing a needle through the cloth will vary depending on what the cloth is made of and what it may have been treated with by the manufacturer (plastic coatings stabilize warp and woof before the sailmaker gets it). I''ve never heard popping sounds, unless its the sound of the stitching pulling out when you should have reefed earlier.
10-01-2000 05:54 AM
Sail inspections

Thanks for the tip. I did stumble across Bacon''s web site and they say to test with a sail needle. Trying to pass the needle through the sail cloth you should get some resistence and not hear any poping sounds.

10-01-2000 04:36 AM
Sail inspections

Used sails are hard to judge. While you can look for tears, worn or frayed areas, it''s hard for most people to see if a sail is "blown out", even if it''s up. (The dacron in a sail can last for 20+ years, but the shape may have dissappeared in 2.) Newer materials like kevlar are harder to gauge because the material (and shape) may look fine right up to the point it fails. Worn, "fuzzy" areas, or pieces that are coming unglued (delaminated, in the parlance)are obvious concerns that may be fixable. We have found that sailmakers are helpful in determining how old sails are, what needs fixing (and can be) and what isn''t worth fixing (or can''t be). It''s an adventure.
09-30-2000 10:42 AM
Sail inspections

I''m in the process of buying my first boat. What should I look for when inspecting the sails? Are there any good books on the subject?

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On

For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome