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>> Home > Forum > Building Related > Sail cloth
Sail cloth
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steve-d
(Lieutenant)





Forum Posts: 45
20th Oct 2018 12:56  
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Building a boat which is actually a 10 rater but I'm not planning to race it. Most sails these days are mylar and not what I want as I'm looking for a more 'Classic' look and even plan to build a cabin top.
I've seen some using 'ripstop' nylon but these tend to have a square pattern woven into them which is probably the element preventing rips.
Can anyone suggest anything? Off white would be good or perhaps dark red or brown.

Colin H.
(Fleet Admiral!)





Forum Posts: 432
20th Oct 2018 13:13  
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Depending on size, but I find fine cotton cloth available from most haberdashers, I use my local Dunhelm.
For vintage sailing boats I have used old curtain liner which is very easy to sew (my wife does mine). Then you can either stain or dye to suit your needs. Hope that helps.
Cheers Colin.


Fair winds and calm waters,
COLIN.
steve-d
(Lieutenant)





Forum Posts: 45
20th Oct 2018 15:18  
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As you say Colin, size is the issue. The main will be near 6 feet high with a 21" foot so I doubt cotton type materials will work also bearing in mind that despite having a 'Classic' look it will probably perform like a racer.
So I need the near impossible...a modern material that looks classic.

Colin H.
(Fleet Admiral!)





Forum Posts: 432
20th Oct 2018 19:59  
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White silk springs to mind, or a fine weave terylene. Luckily the sails I have to replace are rarely put to use other than for display at vintage shows. Only occasionally going on the water.
Cheers Colin.


Fair winds and calm waters,
COLIN.
Haverlock
(Fleet Admiral!)





Forum Posts: 503
21st Oct 2018 07:16  
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may be of no use to you but I did find this

https://www.sussex-model-centre.co.uk/materials/covering/nyl...

obviously its intended for covering an airplane BUT have a look and make up your mind.


"that's not a bug its just an undocumented creature."

Sir Terence David John "Terry" Pratchett, OBE (28 April 1948 - 12 March 2015)
jacko
(Commander)





Forum Posts: 7
4th Nov 2018 20:39  
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I am using Egyption 1000 cotton on my vintage yacht and did look into bamboo cotton sheets

steve-d
(Lieutenant)





Forum Posts: 45
4th Nov 2018 22:23  
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Where did you source the material?

Joe727
(Chief Petty Officer)





Forum Posts: 7
4th Dec 2018 22:20  
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I build both scale rc racing yachts and some scale gaff rigged cutters...all actually sail RC. I use several different materials, for the cutters, I have found the light spinnaker material from sail shops works great, much lighter than you would expect.

I live on the US west coast near many sailing harbors, the sails shops just give me some of their scraps, free!

Light weight reinforce, checked pattern, from the local fabrics stores work also. Like a very light windbreaker material.

Hope this helps.

terrymiff
(Chief Petty Officer)





Forum Posts: 10
6th Dec 2018 12:33  
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Check out 'japara'.

steve-d
(Lieutenant)





Forum Posts: 45
6th Dec 2018 12:47  
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I've now found some material. Best described as the material you would make a holdall from.
Now looking for thread. Been told to look for Dacron.

Steve

RNinMunich
(Fleet Admiral!)





Forum Posts: 2483
6th Dec 2018 14:14  
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That wasn't very nice Terry 😲😉😁
https://www.agedcareguide.com.au/providers/japara
Cheers, Doug 😎


Young at heart - slightly older in other places 😉 Cheers Doug