Sailing fabrics used in sailing boats can be produced from materials such as dakron, laminated dakron, kevs, dynemaa, carbon. However, dakron (dacron) fabric is the most frequently used sailing fabric, as it is the most affordable and meets the needs of the travel sailors.
What is Dakron?
It will be useful to recognize the dacroson, which is the most widely used type of fabric in the construction of sails. Dakron is a polyester type material. It is also found in some pet bottles, textuals, clothing, food and beverage containers. Scientifically, it is also called polyethylene tereftalt. It is used in sailboats because it does not lose its form easily and is durable.
Post-Cruising Maintenance of Sails
Sea water, humidity and sun are the most suitable three for aging of sails. We find all of these three on our boats. Regardless, it suffers from the influence of this trio. That's why it's normal for sailing fabrics to be damaged. We can't eliminate the corrosive effects of salt and sun, but at least with good sailing maintenance, we can use our longer sails.
The parts of the sail soaked with sea water should not be left to dry in that way. The salt in the sea water has a corrosive effect on the fabric and seams of the sails. Therefore, in order to prolong the life of the sails, it is necessary to purify the salt and wash them with fresh water after cruising if they are wet.
Genoa or floc;
Especially on yachts, the front field sail (genoa or floc) sail gets wetter and it will be enough to simply wash it and remove it from its salt.
The main sail is the most beautiful sailing If it is a sailboat with a classic main sail system and the main sail enters the lazybag bag, it should not be left wet. Water and moisture will accumulate in the sailboat that is folded in the lazybag. This will cause early mold and the formation of green algae.
Maintenance of sails on the cruise;
It is often mentioned in the articles and articles you read in terms of the post-cruising of the sails. However, the correct use of sailboats during the course will also have a maintenance effect in a way. In windy weather, the flags of the sails, i.e. shimming, are among the most damaging conditions to the sail.
A rocking sail breaks during this oscillation and the sail fabric begins to lose its properties. A sail swaying with the wind causes invisible breakage on the sail, and as a result of these breaks, the sail fabric loses its form and hardness. A sail that softens by losing its hardness loses its form as the yawn ingress coefficient will increase.
That's why we need to make the sails shimsure as little as possible. It will be much healthier to wrap the Genoa sail when the wind comes from behind, especially in harsh weather, instead of wrapping it against the wind. The main sails should be kept waiting against the wind for a long time.
Wintering of sails;
Sailing boats, if they will not be used in winter, it is good not to be left on the sails. In places where there is a lot of air pollution such as Istanbul and Izmir, the sooth that falls with the rains sticks to the sails. So if possible, we recommend dismantling the sails or using old sails during the winter months, if any.
The winding system is no problem for the main sails, they remain clean because they are closed to external conditions. The main sails, which are the classic main sails and enter into the lazybag, accumulate water as a result of rains or falling snow smudge smudge smudge and become too many stains because the sails are folded inside. If the water inside them is not emptied, the algae begins. The main sails inside that floating unused lazybag should be removed.
If the classic main sails are to be used or can't be dismantled in winter, they should be ventilated on sunny and windless winter days, at least where they are in the marina. They can be washed with fresh water to let the dust flow. In this way, you prevent some of the bad stains on the sail from being embroidered in it.
Folding of sails
When all the sailboats fold, they have permanent floor marks on them. Although the floor marks due to use disappear over time, the sails break from these areas. Maybe it doesn't matter if you're not too obsessed or racing, but the floor tracks multiply in frequently folding sailboats. Therefore, when folding the sails, there should be no random folding. Folding from old floor marks prevents the formation of new floor locations.
If the size of the sails is small, they can also be prevented from folding by making rolls. The sailors of small sporting boats can never slaughter their sailboats by doing so. If the boat sails are large, it is appropriate to build the minimum number of floors available.
Bathing of sails
Especially the sailboats, which are white and made of dakron material, work up to the inside of the stains when they are in disrepair. It will not be possible to remove them completely. Therefore, frequent cleaning of the sails is therefore a healthy one. Heavy chemicals should not be used when cleaning the sails. They can cause permanent damage to the sail and damage the seams. Sails should never be washed with a pressurized water machine. The sails should be wiped with a sponge and washed with arabic soap. They should be rinsed with plenty of fresh water.
Never store sails in humid or airless areas. Humidity can cause algae to reproduce in sailing fabric. The sails must be thoroughly dried before being stored. When storing the sails, no more heavy sails or materials should be placed on them while they are in a folded position.
During storage, they must be kept away from sunlight, humidity and water and must stay in an airy environment. Of course, I'm not saying store the sails in your home room, but at least it's important that they stay in a humidity-free environment.