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View Poll Results: What say ye to tanbark?
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Don’t bother me lass... 1 4.55%
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On what?
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Myself, I like the looks of tanbark on a good classically styled boat. I understand that the color also helps to reduce UV degradation as well. That's the original reason they came about.
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Depends on the boat.
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Sure, if I could afford it.

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Tanbark flax is what separates us noble fishermen from the sniviling class with their bleached Eyjiptsun cotton dainties.
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Not so sure about the UV statement with modern materials. Sure with cotton and other natural fibers. I voted yes because they are beautiful when new. However they look pretty punk after they have faded a lot although real salty with a bit of fade.
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The problem with tanbark dacron sail cloth is that is generally an inferior quality material structurally and durability wise. In order to 'dye' dacron, the pigment is actually infused into the resin before the fibers are made and the pigment displaces some of the structure of the fibers. This make the fibers more prone to stretching. Because of that, sail cloth manufacturers consider tanbark to be a 'novelty' cloth and so its not made to the same high structural standards that a more durable and higher performance cloth would be made to. The net result is to get close to the the same stretch and durability characteristics, the sail cloth needs to be much heavier, which works okay in mid range winds, (12-15 knots) but badly hampers performance in lighter winds, and tends to be a poor choice in heavier winds where the higher stretch characteristics are a significant liability.

People who know sail cloth don't let friends buy tanbark. Tanbark is frankly all show but no-go.

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Myself, I like the looks of tanbark on a good classically styled boat. I understand that the color also helps to reduce UV degradation as well. That's the original reason they came about.
That is an incorrect statement on both counts. The dark color of the tanbark absorbs more UV than a lighter color so it has a less UV protection rather than more. But the origins of tanbark has nothing to do with UV protection. Back in the days of flax or cotton sails, the sail cloth was prone to rot. To avoid that the sails were dipped in the tannins from tree bark (typically oak) which act as a preservatives to slow the effects of rot. That is where the name comes from.

Putting dacron tanbark sails on a traditional boat, may seem more authentic, but since you can tell dacron from natural fibers its more of a poser move than a move that adds authenticity.

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You take all the fun out of it Jeff.
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You take all the fun out of it Jeff.
True that. Then again there is a reason that I have been referred to as the "Curmudgeon at Large- and rhinestone in the rough".


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