Final Word on Yarns

There are a number of fabric manufacturers in the United States and Europe that all make excellent fabrics, but I have specifically shied away from naming certain products for certain applications. Often a number of fabrics meet the same needs, and choosing fabrics becomes a matter of personal preference or brand loyalty

The One World America's Cup entry used a lot of carbon in their inventory of North 3DL sails.

Bolts of carbon fabric awaiting shipment at the Dimension Polyant facility in Connecticut.

"Fabric makers are not the type to let the bad properties of a particular yarn stand in the way of progress, and they are constantly working to combine fibers to exploit the strengths of the individual yarns while minimizing their weaknesses."

and cost. I have tried to provide general guidelines to steer you in the right direction, but ultimately you will need to discuss with your sailmaker the specific benefits and drawbacks of each fabric style. Among other things, the weights, styles, and performance characteristics of the various fabrics are constantly changing.

Fabric makers are not the type to let the bad properties of a particular yarn stand in the way of progress, and they are constantly working to combine fibers. These hybrid fabrics exploit the strengths of individual yarns while minimizing their weaknesses. In the next chapter we will look at how these miracles of science are used to make sailcloth. It has been an evolutionary process that over time has led to sails that are lighter, stronger, and more cost effective. More importantly, it has led to sails that are true engineering wonders.

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