We now offer either custom made sails or
stock sails for Jim Michalak's and John Welsford's designs.
These sails are professionally made of 3.8 oz.
(white, tanbark or egyptian cotton colored), 4.9 oz. (white only), or 5.5 oz. Dacron sailcloth
(white, tanbark or egyptian cotton) or heavy duty white polytarp. Generally speaking, lighter cloth will perform better, but not last as long if you get out in heavier weather regularly.
are sewn and have solid brass spur grommets. Sail bags and hardware (jib hanks, slides, slugs, etc) are NOT included.
Scroll down for information about colors.
Send my praises to your sailmaker! Way better than expected. I used to race, and these remind me of a new suit of racing dacrons (just, in the cool, tanbark color!). Of course, I don't have the spars built yet, so haven't been able to try them out, but they are beautiful, well made, with fine marks of craftsmanship. I'll recommend y'all to anyone I know who needs sails.
About Tanbark and Egyptian Cotton Colored Sailcloth:
Experience has taught us that different weights of sailcloth will vary in shade even though they are the same "color". Different weights, dye lots and suppliers yield different results.
from left to right:
European 5 0z. Tanbark - US 5.5 oz. Tanbark
US 3.8 oz. Tanbark - US
5.5 oz. Egyptian - US 3.8 oz. Egyptian - US White
In the photo above are three Tanbark and two Egyptian swatches with white for comparison. The darker Tanbark is from a European supplier and looks almost Chocolate until it is hoisted as a sail at which point it looks like any other Tanbark. The other samples are made in the US, but vary somewhat by weight. Even different dye lots will have different shades.
Various Tanbark sails at Raid Finland
In the photo above, you will see three different boats with three different shades of Tanbark sails. This should give you an idea that the colors we offer represent a range rather than a specific shade.