Thinking of replacing your yacht sails? Dolphin can advise on the perfect genoa, mainsail or cruising chute to suit you’re cruising or racing yacht.
Karver Top Down Furler
The setting of ’positive luff’ off wind sails like the Cruising Chute, Asymmetric or Gennaker has been made much easier with the introduction of the Top Down furler. The system is set between the head and tack of the sail with a torsional stay and furls from the head down. It is a quick and easy – watch the video to see how simple it is.
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With the British weather being so unpredictable it is important to get the right protection from the rain and sun. We have just fitted this great all in one stackpack and boom awning to a J120. It takes just a few minutes to set the awning up, which when not in use is neatly stowed in the side of the stackpack. The cover has been made using the great new fabric WeatherMax80
Side grab rails for use on sprayhoods.
Cast 316 stainless steel 1” tubing side mounts
- Polished to a marine bright finish
- Compatible with standard marine end fittings
- Heavy duty construction with two set screws, Phillips head bolt and nylon washers
- Split type mounts add versatility and ease of installation to the use of grab rail side mounts.
- Sliding side mounts provide the stand-off space for a grab with cloth behind
- Easier installation — they require no modification of existing frames, no drilling and no difficult set-up
- As tensioning bars, the stand-off structure automatically bypasses intermediate frames
To supply folding side grab bars and to alter existing sprayhood
To supply folding side grab bars in kit form for local sailamker or for DIY
To supply fixed side grab bars and to alter existing sprayhood
To supply fixed side grab bars in kit form for local sailamker or for DIY
To fit 7/8”and 1” tubes
All prices ex vat and delivery.
Our awnings are not just for boats!
In addition to designing and building awnings for boats, one of our latest ventures is this awning for a home in the south east.
SAILKOTE Plus is specially formulated with Dupont Krytox
SAILKOTE Plus is specially formulated with Dupont Krytox, an easily applied environmentally friendly translucent liquid lubricant specifically designed for marine use. It is a derivative of McLube, with an anti-mildew additive that fights mildew before it starts.
Dolphin are now producing sails in D4® membrane
Dimension Polyant has added the first commercially available customized membrane sailcloth to its product line. D4® membranes cover the full range of applications, with a history covering boats of all sizes in Grand Prix and Club Race, Cruise and Mega Yachts. Different fibres and blends thereof combined with several surface options allow us to create a custom product directed specifically to the customer’s needs. Sail shape designs are created by Dolphin.
Yarn densities and trajectories are varied throughout the membrane to ensure the optimal amount and direction of yarn for the predicted loads. Complementary yarn layouts are standard for the reefs, cunningham and tack. For the cruising sail, additional passes addressing loads from roller furling can be added to ensure proper thread support for partially furled sails. The result of this advanced threadline construction with curved yarns is minimum weight for maximum shape retention, longevity and performance of any type of sail. When the D4® kit arrives at the loft we complete the construction of the panelled sail. The result is an extremely smooth, durable and lasting sail that will perform over a wide range of conditions.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is D4®?
D4® is Dimension Polyant’s brand name for custom sail membranes. Rather than being made from standard rolled sail cloth or a sailcloth laminate, a D4® membrane is custom made for the intended use from fibre through to finished sail.
How is D4® made?
The D4® sail process begins with a sail design. The production process begins with large flat sections made from polyester films (or films and taffeta). A computer controlled machine then lays the fibres in accurate curved arrays, and depending upon the complexity of the design this can comprise a number of layers. Once this process is complete the top film is placed and the lamination is formed using extreme pressure and controlled heat to bond the films and fibres. After curing the sections are placed on a large x-y plotter where the panel edge shaping including luff, leech and foot curves are drawn. We assemble the D4® sections and complete the sail.
Who designs the sail?
Dolphin Sails. The 3D shape of the sail is defined in the normal way using our sail design software.
How are D4® membranes shaped?
D4® is shaped through its horizontal broadseams.
Can all kinds of sails be made with D4®?
There are no limitations with regards to the kind of sails that can be made with D4® membranes. Mainsails, genoas and headsails can be constructed from D4® components.
Are there limitations in sail sizes with D4® membranes?
D4® membranes can be manufactured for all today’s sail sizes – from 30 footers to mega yachts. The sectional configuration of D4® membranes allows even the largest sails to be made from D4®.
Are D4® membranes fit for use with roller furling systems?
Yes. D4® laminates are fit for furling and reefing. D4® membranes can also incorporate custom reef furling trajectories, where supporting fibres are laid to support new loads when the sail is partially furled.
How reliable is the D4® technology?
As early as 1996 the first D4® sails were tested under race conditions. Since then thousands of D4® membranes for yachts from 30 to 150 feet have excelled even under the toughest conditions and won lots of silverware.
Sails recently developed include:
Oyster 46 / 54/ 56 / 655
‘Oystercatcher XXV’ Winner of the Rolex RYS race around the Isle of Wight.
EAORA Ralph Herring Class 1
EAORA Pattinson Cup Class 1
North Sea Race Class 0
Gironde’ IMX 40 2nd IMX Cowes week, 1st EAORA week
‘Jalapeno’ J109 – 2nd Dartmouth Week
Oyster 53 – 3rd Class 2 Cowes Oyster Regatta
X99 3rd overall Icelandic Championships
‘The Geek’ Stewart 30
Oyster Regatta Grenada.
It was a Dolphin Sails clean sweep in Class Two.
It was a Dolphin Sails clean sweep in Class Two. Competing in her first ever Regatta Alan & Sue Brooks new Oyster 56 ’Sulana’ stormed to victory in race 1, 2 and 3. These excellent results guaranteed an overalll Class victory.
Race 4 was won by Paul Batemans, Stardust of Burnham