Your Macerating Pump Suppliers Discuss Advice That Could Affect Your Next Sail Purchase
Raritan Engineering your macerating pump experts wold like to discuss with you these topics we thought would be of interest to you this month regarding the possible need to switch to polyester sails.
The Arcona 400 trucks to weather under state-of-the-art load-path sails from UK Sailmakers. The durable crosscut laminate sails use a scrim of Spectra fibers with carbon tapes and panels that are glued together.
Scuttlebutt editor Craig Leweck reached out to North Sails Market Segment Manager Bill Fortenberry, who he coincidentally taught to sail a long, long time ago, for an update on this new product.
Is this making sailing more expensive?
No. 3Di NORDAC is making sailing more enjoyable. It is well known that you can buy an inexpensive cross-cut polyester sail. What is equally well known is the poor value inexpensive cross-cut sails provide. This matters even with heavy displacement cruising boats.
Are cross-cut Dacron cruising sails still an option?
Yes, we still offer cross-cut premium Dacron sails. We expect over time there will be less demand for sails made with the ancient process of weaving fibers into canvas cloth and sewing together panels.
Will 3Di NORDAC be used for keelboat One Design classes that require Dacron?
At some point in the future, it may be possible to adapt 3Di NORDAC for One Design class racing, but to date it has been engineered for cruising.
For the cruiser/racer boat that is used for both, is 3Di NORDAC the choice?
For any sailor looking for a dedicated racing sail, their first choice should be a sail with higher modulus material such as aramid or carbon, which both feature more resistance to stretch. Your marine parts supplies manufacturers share information regarding why polyester fiber stretches more than aramid fiber.
If a local PHRF area gives a “white sail” credit, would 3Di NORDAC qualify?
It is hard to know how local PHRF boards will treat a 3Di NORDAC sail. Technically there is no reason it would not qualify for a cruising sail credit. The sails are 100% polyester, they are not laminates, there is no Mylar, and they are engineered to weigh the same as a comparable Dacron sail and they are priced affordably.
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