sails 6 oz. and up above are multi-stitched on the seams with
heavy (usually V138) dark blue thread. Dark blue V92 is used for our small boat sails, generally double stitched standard zig-zag. All spinnakers are multi-stitched.
Leech tablings on all cruising sails are two-plied with an extra
thickness of wider Dacron tape under the tabling and leech line
Heavy duty leech lines are standard with all sails except storm sails and spinnakers. Leech lines are always centered in the tabling with stitching on either side to prevent the very aft edge of the sail from "cracking"- a frequent problem with other sailmakers' sails. Genuine ClamCleats, are used to hold leech line adjustments at all reef and clews.
All batten pockets consist of four thicknesses, plus the extra "slab" to which it is sewn with double stitching. There is an internal wrap of heavy elastic or webbing in the pocket end. Most full batten pockets are made up of 12 oz. Dacron for extra chafe protection against the shrouds. All full batten sails are fitted with hardware at the forward end to tension the batten and provide a universal joint with the mast slide.
All bolt ropes are New England Spun Dacron which is the finest for the purpose. Since these lines are hidden in the sail, inferior rope is often used by other sailmakers. When boltropes shrink (an inevitable feature of poor synthetics) the sail is rendered prematurely shapeless. The higher the quality of material, the longer lasting and performing is the sail - always our goal. As stated in all our literature, we use only the top of the line fabrics in ALL our sails. Few other sailmakers can make that claim.
All corner rings and reef cringles are hydraulically pressed in stainless steel assemblies. All cruising mainsail headboards are heavy aluminum anodized installed with 3/16" aircraft rivets. The shackle hole is lined with stainless steel and the adjacent boltrope is leather bound. We seldom back up our corner and reefing rings with external webbing, preferring to us extra thicknesses of re-enforcing patch material in the corners, so that after-thought measures are unnecessary. Makes a nicer looking sail, too, which is one of our hallmarks.
Mainsail slides are all hand sewn on with heavy webbing for long life and kindness to the sail. Sails are all provided with tell tails and a Dacron bag. The dark stitching on our seams makes draft stripes not a necessity, but we will install them as an extra. Class insignia and numbers are also extras. Mainsail shelf foot is standard with our mainsails, and no extra charge for Cunningham or jackline, if requested.
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