Modern sloops have a furling headsail and a mainsail, staysails are far from untypical. Here are some pointers on the benefits of staysail use on a cruising rig.
Short history of sailmaking and the choosing of this art form as an exciting career.
We are seeing more and more composite rigging. The idea of exchanging well-tried wire or rods for PBO or Carbon fibers may seem strangely uncomfortable but may become the norm.
North Sails shares some experience with Inflatable Battens including the benefits, what to expect and how to install.
This final part of this sail trim series could be a book in itself. However here I will be brief and try to cover the points often raised by my customers.
Mainsail trim is linked closely to the helm. Depending upon your setting, the boat will be more or less heeled and will have more or less helm.
The Headsail is most probably the principal driving force of your boat from reaching to going hard onto the wind. To maximise the drive, you have three principal parameters to master
Critical study of the typical cruising boat. North Sails' expert Andrew Dove explains some items he'd like to see in the future cruising boat.
Full batten mainsails are an absolutely amazing sail to behold. The technology is not out of reach however. Here are some pointers on what to buy and how to install.
North Sails discusses Furling Genoas including what to expect, what to look for, how to maintain and proper sheeting angles.
How long will my sails last? What sail fabric should we buy? How do I maintain them? Questions asked of the team at North Sails.
Asymmetrical Sails - how they came about, the improvements coming from the large regattas and some things to consider before buying.