all those stories about laminate sails only being for the racing sailor;
of sailcloth that only lasts one regatta, costs a small fortune and
blows out if used in too much wind.
The CL range of laminates has been designed to provide the serious cruising
and offshore yachtsman with the benefits that laminated sailcloth has
over woven fabric, at an affordable cost. Selecting CL sails will
give you performance, stretch resistance and shape retention against
which woven sailcloth simply cannot compete. CL fabric is also
tough, with over 250,000 metres of laminate already giving owners UV,
tear and chafe resistant, performance sails that last.
All CL products are based on our scrim component technology. Flat,
untwisted ribbons of fibre are formed into a number of scrims that compared
with woven sailcloth, maximises the performance of the yarn.
Cruising Laminate a warp 1 fill scrim, with zero crimp warp ribbons
to resist primary stretch and secondary loading, is combined with tough,
durable, lightweight polyester or Spectra taffetas. These woven
taffetas laminated to both sides of the load bearing scrim, provide
the durability needed to cover thousands of sea miles in all conditions.
This is the ideal fabric for most cruising sailors with yachts from
30ft (10m) to 6Oft (18m).
Based on a low stretch scrim of Dupont Dacron yarns, CL-P sails are
a sound investment. With two woven polyester taffetas protecting
the load bearing scrim, sails made from CL-P are good value and will
provide years of service. Lightweight and durable, they will enhance
the performance of any cruising yacht and provide easier sail and boat
handling through long-term shape retention.
Specifically designed for yachts in excess of 40ft (12m).
CL-V fabrics utilise Vectran yarns in a high tech formed scrim, protected
by two durable polyester taffetas. The incredible strength of
Vectran, with 10 times less stretch than polyester fibres, and zero
crimp scrims for exceptional shape retention, means woven fabrics simply
for the refurbished j Class yacht Velsheda following independent laboratory
tests, CL-V is the ultimate fabric for the world's ultimate cruising
The combination of Spectra taffetas encapsulating a Spectra scrim has
made SCL's the choice of many custom yacht owners and long distance
proof of durability and performance could be needed than noting that
almost all the competitors in the last Vendee Globe Challenge used SCL's,
including a full inventory on the winning boat. Spectra has twelve
times less stretch than polyester with far greater durability and LIV
resistance than the fibres used in Grand Prix race sails. These
properties make Spectra an excellent choice for applications where ultimate
performance is paramount, but durability is vital.