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WeatherMax80 is twice as strong and six times more durable under abrasion and rubbing than acrylic. It is about half the weight, it is 100% solution dyed and very importantly for stackpacks and enclosures it is breathable.

WeatherMax80 is the ideal fabric for marine and many non-marine covers. If you are looking for a sprayhood, stackpack, sail cover, cockpit enclosure, Bimini, winter cover or dodgers give us a call to discuss your requirement in greater detail and see how WeatherMax80 can help you.

  WeatherMax Colour Guide (HighRes) (19.4 MiB, 2,316 hits)

  WeatherMax Colour Guide (Low Res) (1.8 MiB, 2,537 hits)


  WeatherMax Care Guide (1.3 MiB, 1,907 hits)


  WeatherMax Product Information (627.3 KiB, 2,343 hits)

A selection of photos of our work can seen by clicking here

For more information please contact our cover team on 01255 243366 or email






Perfect Sun Shade

Fantastic Sun Shade

The perfect solution to a hot problem!

The design team at Dolphin Sails have created a solution to a major problem using bespoke specialist design software.

We regularly hear that boats needed shade but did not want to deal with frames or battens and that traditional Bimini’s did not offer enough protection from the sun.

For this project on the newly launched Nautor Swan 115, we used just the boats CAD files to create an awning that gives maximum coverage without the need for any new fixing points.

The form finding software helps us create a structure, that has a unique double curvature design. This double curvature will tension the fabric so that it becomes rigid. Once set up the fabric will become drum tight. This tension cuts down to a minimum any flapping or ‘panting’ that is normally very prevalent in standard awnings.

Using just the CAD file we were able to design and manufacture the awning before fitting it first time!

The awning was used through out the Monaco Boat Show and was greatly appreciated as it allowed guests to view this stunning boat in greater comfort.

A Dolphin Tensile Awning offers protection to the crew using the cockpit or foredeck, the boat and makes life below deck more comfortable especially when the aircon isn’t required.





Kismet – Classic Racing

We always like working on beautiful boats and so it has been a pleasure to be involved with the preparation of Kismet, a 55’ Fife designed cutter, before her trip to the south of France to ‘do the circuit’ this autumn.

“Kismet” spent many years unloved and slowly disintegrating in an Essex mud berth before her current owner rescued her and restored to her to her full glory some 10 years ago. After the refit our sister company, Gowen Ocean, were ask to supply a full inventory of sails. Whilst ‘modern’ woven polyester fabric was used, much of the finishing was by hand in the traditional method – hours of painstaking work.

The boat enjoyed success at various local and international regatta’s before being put away whilst the owner enjoyed sailing his IRC rated yacht.

Once it was decided that ‘Kismet” would be campaigned in this years south of France regattas we were again asked to help plan an inventory of sails that worked best with the CIM rating system and maximise the potential of the boat and the likely conditions.

After much consideration the main, 3 headsails and the asymmetric were replaced. Each sail was made using Contenders Fibercon Pro classic light cream. In addition to the new sails the existing whoompa was converted to a 150% light genoa.

The classics started off in Cannes at the Régates Royales Cannes, racing for Panerai Classic Yacht Challenge. In a strong fleet of 20 boats, “Kismet” placed an excellent second overall.

Being 120 years old “Kismet’ qualified for the unique Gstaad Yacht Club Centenary Trophy, this is open to any yacht over 100 years old. In a close race she narrowly finished second to last years winner.

After the Centenary Trophy, “Kismet” set off on the feeder race from Cannes to Saint Tropez, she handsomely won the Coupe d’Automne trophy.

The final event was the hotly contested Les Voiles de Saint Tropez. With 3 of the 4 races counting and only a couple of points separating the top 6 boats “Kismet” stood of the podium with an excellent 3rdplace.

Overall a very pleasing and consistent set of results against many of the top classic sailors in the world.

Its Showtime again !!!

Help us celebrate our 5th year of exhibiting at the Southampton Boat Show!!


We will be in our usual position ‘Stand F076’ in Mayflower park, just a few seconds walk away from the pontoon marina entrance.

The 2017 show was a great success and we are really pleased to report that many of those enquiries from last year have been converted into orders with those owners now enjoying their new covers and sails on their various travels.

During the show we will be unveiling of our new designed ‘T’ top sprayhood which proving to be very popular. The ‘T’ top allows the sprayhood window section to be removed giving a greater flow of air. We will also have samples of the new and latest sail cloths which are now available, so to find out more pop by our stand F076.

Whether you are planning adventures up local creeks or the trip of a life time around the world the Dolphin Team will be available all week – please feel free to come along and see how we can help you achieve the maximum enjoyment from your boat.

If you would like to arrange a meeting during the 2018 Southampton Boat Show, which runs from 14th – 23rd September, please contact us on

Paul Austin – Hamble  – 02381 980090   –

Jon Sturmer – East Coast – 01206 384412   –

If you are looking to buy a new boat or just need ‘a few bits’ you are certain to find what you are looking for during the 2018 Southampton Boat Show.

Fox’s Boat Show

Dolphin Sails will be exhibiting at the Fox’s Boat Show which runs from Friday 18th May until 20th May.

Members of the cover and sails team will be on hand to answer all your questions, discuss fabric options, cover designs, sail inventories and if your boat is in Fox’s marina meet with you on board.

Fox’s Yacht Sales will be open to show you their extensive listing of brokerage boats or you could ask them about a new Beneteau.

Experts from Fox’s Marina are around to discuss refits, electronics, rigging, Copper Coating and basically anything to do with keeping your boat in the best possible condition.

Contact Dolphin Sails on 01255 243366 for further details.


Dolphin Tensile Structures @ METS

Dolphin Tensile Structures at METS 2017

We will again be exhibiting at the worlds largest marine trade show at the RAI exhibition centre in Amsterdam.

Based in the Superyacht Hall of the exhibition, Matthew Vincent and Angus Roberts will be on the stand to discuss how our unique awnings can be created using specialist bespoke software. With virtually limitless options available we can help create a stunningly beautiful structure that will open up endless possibilities to enhance the enjoyment of your sailing yacht, motor boat, home, office or public space

The exhibition runs from 14th November until 16th Novemeber at the RAI in Amsterdam

To discuss your project with one of our designers please contact:

Kate Vincent

0044(0)1255 243366


X332’s are fast!

X332’s with that winning feeling

Congratulations to ‘Blue Beeste’ (X332) on winning this years Felixstowe Regatta in the highly competitive IRC class. Beeste scored an impressive 2nd, 1st, 1st set of results to win by a comfortable margin.

Congratulations to the X332 ‘ApeX’** who are this seasons East Anglian Offshore Racing Association (EAORA) champions. Everyone at Dolphin wishes the ‘ApeX’ team good luck in the season ending Buckley Goblets race to Ostend.

Great work Martin, Charlie, Robert and crews.

**Partial inventory

New Dolphin Tensile Awning website

New website goes live!! – Due to the ever increasing amount of new architectural and marine awning projects we are undertaking, this is the perfect time to launch a dedicated website for these amazing products.

New website goes live!!

Due to the ever increasing amount of new architectural and marine awning projects we are undertaking, this is the perfect time to launch a dedicated website for these amazing products.

Following the recent appointment of our in house designer and structural engineer we are pleased to showcase the projects we have helped to create. In addition to the new website we are delighted to announce that we will be exhibiting at the Vision 2017 Architectural show at Olympia starting tomorrow 6th June. For show details visit

So why not learn more about ‘The evolution of Awnings’ and how Dolphin Tensile Awnings could open up a whole new opportunity for you by visiting .

Or contact us

Vision 2017

Dolphin Tensile Awnings are excited to be exhibiting for the first time at Vision 2017, the UK’s premier built environment event at Olympia, London 6-7th June to display our rapidly expanding portfolio.

Aimed at architects, designers, specifiers and their clients, Vision 2017 provides an international focus for innovative products and building solutions, bringing together some of the best designs and leading figures, offering industry intelligence on products, materials, trends and technology across the market.

With over 50 years of fabric manufacturing, Dolphin are passionate about what can be achieved with a combination of art, science and skilled craftsmen to engineer beautiful awnings. We create awnings of distinction for our clients from art through engineering to reality.

Our design mantra is to seek simplicity and ease of use. Through experience we have evolved many methods of deployment over a range of architectural, industrial and marine projects.

Dolphin Tensile Awnings seek to make best use of what is already in place to support the structures and in many cases adding little or nothing to what currently exists.

For more details of how we create these stunning Tensile Awnings and to discuss your bespoke project with our designers and structural engineers please contact us on:

01255 243366 or  We would also be delighted to meet you in person, please visit us at Vision 2017 on stand 137.

Vision 2017 is free to attend, for more information click here

Karver KSF 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.

For further details and prices please contact the Loft on 01255 243366 or