Sun, salt water and high humidity are all enemies of the materials in your sails. Clearly normal use will expose your sails to the elements, but good sail care practices can minimise the effects of this exposure. Similarly good sail care is key to ensuring sail longevity – practices such as luffing, flapping or flogging, leech flutter, and crushing sails into bags will all contribute to a shorter sail life and should be avoided.
Ullman Sails provides a comprehensive list of best practices for sail care to maintain the quality of your sail. They are not substitutes for sail care, but can help you maintain your sails and help minimise unexpected or major repairs. As with a car or any other long-term use equipment, Ullman Sails recommends regular service check-ups for your sails at your local loft.
For sail service monitoring and scheduling suggestions, click here.
For sail care suggestions based on boat and sail type, click below:
- Keelboat and Multihull Cruising Sails
- Dinghy Sails
- Sports Boat and One Design Keelboat Sails
- Keelboat and Multihull Racing Sails
For sail care suggestions based on sail material, click below:
To learn more about how Ullman sailmakers work to minimise the impact of environmental and use factors, click here.
There is also a great Blog on Sail Care Tips.