Sun Awning – Just the job!

Feedback from our customers is always welcomed, especially regarding our unique Tensile Awnings. An Oyster 72 that is currently based in the Caribbean has just sent this photo and comment.

Feedback from our customers is always welcomed, especially regarding our unique Tensile Awnings. An Oyster 72 that is currently based in the Caribbean has just sent this photo and comment.

“Thought you might like to see the tensile boom awning in use, boss is loving having it here in the Caribbean and it’s only taking 5-10mins to put up now we have all the lines marked.”

WeatherMax80 Tensile Awning
WeatherMax80 Tensile Awning

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Starting in front of the sprayhood, the awning comes aft to cover the companion way and cockpit area creating a perfectly shaded area for the owners and their guest to relax in. In addition to helping keep the cockpit cool the awning helps to reduce the temperature below decks as well, this has the benefit of not having to run the aircon so often reducing noise and maintenance.

The sprayhood and tensile awning are both made using WeatherMax80. The fabulous clarity of vision through the sprayhood is due to the Strataglass laminated window material.

To discuss how Dolphin can help with your awnings and covers please contact:

Jon Sturmer or Paul Gray on 00 44(0)1255 243366 or sails@dolphin-sails.com

 

Winter Servicing

One less job for the winter…. let Dolphin wash and service your existing sails and covers.
Its nearly the end of 2015 and with this brings a close to the sailing season for many customers. To help with the longevity of your sails and covers it is best to remove them from the boat during this coming period. Sails and covers that are left on during this cold, wet and damp period are more prone to dirt and may even start to suffer from mould and mildew, inturn leaving unsightly marks which are hard to remove. Did you also know that some insurance policy’s insist that all sails are removed from the rig whilst the boat is laid up ashore.

Start on a clean tack for 2016 !!

Let us wash, service and store your sails until the 2016 season, we have many drop of points in the UK on the East and South Coast, as well as a new service loft in Palma, Majorca.

East Coast – Drop off points from Woodbridge through to The Medway (including Ipswich, Tollesbury, Walton, Fambridge, Bradwell, Burnham, Benfleet, Chatham and Gillingham)
South Coast – Solent plus collections outside this area can be arrange
Spain – Palma, Majorca
email : service@dolphin-sails.com tel: 01206 384412

With these localised drop off points we can hopefully ease the collection and delivery of your sails and covers for you. If you contact us now to make arrangements then at least this is one job removed from the boat maintenance list !!

Winter care South-01

Cover Maker – Vacancy

Due to our current rate of expansion we are now seeking to employ a new Cover Maker/Template Maker in our Harwich Cover loft. If you are enthusiastic person and have a GOOD level of Sailing knowledge, please do get in touch with us, we may well have a career waiting for you…….

Candidates must have a UK / European driving license.
Candidates will be required to undertake travel in the UK and internationally (mainly Palma de Majorca)

Please send CV’s and covering letters to Paul Gray paul@dolphin-sails.com

Sun Awning
Arcona 430 – Tensile Awning
Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 379
Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 379
Folding Sprayhood Grab Handle
Folding Sprayhood Grab Handle

Southampton Boat Show 2015

Visit Dolphin Sails at this year’s show – your only port of call !

If you are visiting this year’s Southampton Boat Show, looking to order new sails or covers then Dolphin Sails on stand F028 need be your only port of call.

After last years outstanding success we have received some great feedback from our customers who have been on the water this season enjoying their boats. This is what they had to say……

Their brief comments below –
Dolphin Sails

‘Finally I decided to have another go at getting Dash the sails that she deserved. I had seen other MGC 27s with beautifully cut sails so I knew it must be possible. I wanted that lovely aerofoil curve that I had only ever seen on other boats with laminate sails so I decided to investigate.
At the Southampton Boat show I was presented with the opportunity to visit each of the sailmakers and sound them out. As a weekend sailor with almost no racing experience I felt completely out of my depth until I visited the Dolphin Sails stand. I immediately felt like a valued potential customer.
They listened carefully to what I had to say and we discussed the various options, despite my lack of knowledge I did not feel under any pressure at all, they understood what I was looking for and a cruising laminate seemed the obvious way to go to get the performance and stretch resistance that I wanted. ‘
My thanks to everyone at Dolphin Sails, especially Paul who had endless patience with me and was prepared to spend as much time on my boat as was necessary to get my sails working perfectly.
MGC27 ‘Dash’ – Tim Jenner (read further down for the full story)

Dolphin Covers

‘The quality of materials and workmanship was outstanding. The attention to fitting and customer satisfaction can only be described as unique.
The result has drawn many admiring comments and has made a huge difference to the overall appearance of the boat.’
Moody 42 ‘Blue of Hamble’ T Stattersfield (read further down for the full story)

To arrange a meeting during the 2015 Southampton Boatshow, which runs from 11th – 20th September, please contact us on sails@dolphin-sails.com
or
Paul Austin – Hamble Marina – 02381 980090 – paul.austin@dolphin-sails.com
Jon Sturmer – East Coast – 01206 384412 – jon@dolphin-sails.com

Read in full what our customers think about us below
MGC27 ‘Dash’ – Tim Jenner – I had invested in new main and genoa for Dash, my MG C27 eight years ago, the sails were at the budget end of the market and I was disappointed right from the start, but I did not feel confident enough in my knowledge to complain to the sailmaker and Dash is a very good boat, we regularly passed other boats when out cruising despite our mainsails lack of shape.
Finally I decided to have another go at getting Dash the sails that she deserved. I had seen other MGC 27s with beautifully cut sails so I knew it must be possible. I wanted that lovely aerofoil curve that I had only ever seen on other boats with laminate sails so I decided to investigate.
At the Southampton Boat show I was presented with the opportunity to visit each of the sailmakers and sound them out. As a weekend sailor with almost no racing experience I felt completely out of my depth until I visited the Dolphin Sails stand. I immediately felt like a valued potential customer.
They listened carefully to what I had to say and we discussed the various options, despite my lack of knowledge I did not feel under any pressure at all, they understood what I was looking for and a cruising laminate seemed the obvious way to go to get the performance and stretch resistance that I wanted.
A week or so later I met with Paul on Dash for him to take the measurements.
The first trials of the sails in the spring were a revelation to me. They helped me set up the rig then we fitted the sails and went for a sea trial. Dash performed beautifully and the new sails looked and performed better than I could have hoped with Dash now able to sail at 30 degrees to the wind, something I had never been able to do before.
The highlight of the year for us is the Round the Island Race and Dash performed superbly well this year with her beautiful new sails, coming eighth in our group of around fifty boats. I believe that this result would not have been possible with the old sails.
My thanks to everyone at Dolphin Sails, especially Paul who had endless patience with me and was prepared to spend time on my boat to get my sails working perfectly.

T Stattersfield – Moody 42 ‘Blue of Hamble-’ Last summer I became dissatisfied with both the look and effectiveness of the existing windscreen and sprayhood on my Moody 42 CC yacht. Looking around the Southampton Boat Show at various options, Dolphin Sails quickly came to the forefront as potential suppliers.
They were prepared to come over to Hamble very early one morning during the show in order that ideas could progress quickly.
The concept of removing the windscreen and installing a more modern sprayhood was declared feasible and Dolphin set about the project with a meticulous level of attention to detail with multiple fittings to ensure that the end result was as intended and catered for a captain and crew of very different heights!
I have a reputation for ‘project creep’ and a simple sprayhood replacement morphed seamlessly into a new bimini and cover, wheel and binnacle cover, hatch covers, genoa sock and a most elaborate padded outboard cover.
The quality of materials and workmanship was outstanding. The attention to fitting and customer satisfaction can only be described as unique.
The result has drawn many admiring comments and has made a huge difference to the overall appearance of the boat.

Southampton Boat Show 2015

Its showtime!

After the outstanding success of our first Southampton Boat Show in 2014 Dolphin Sails will be exhibiting again during this years show. We will be on the same stand as last year- FO28 – which is in Mayflower Park in between Ocean Hall and Windward Hall.

Last year, it was great to see so many of our existing customers and meet so many new people who came along to discuss their plans for new sails and covers. We are really pleased to report that many of those enquiries have been converted into orders with those owners now enjoying their new covers and sails.

If your 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 2015 Southampton Boat Show.

The Dolphin Team will be available all week so please feel free to come along and see how we can help.

Details of new products and any boat show deals will be announced soon.

To arrange a meeting during the 2015 Southampton Boatshow, which runs from 11th – 20th September, please contact us on sails@dolphin-sails.com

Paul Austin – Hamble Marina – 02381 980090   –   paul.austin@dolphin-sails.com

Jon Sturmer – East Coast – 01206 384412   –   jon@dolphin-sails.com

SBS 2015 LOGO AND DATE CMYK

Oyster 56 Tensile Awning

Shade your world!!

OYSTER 56 OVER BOOM TENSILE AWNING

The Oyster 56 is latest addition to our extensive list of tensile awning designs. From this we can now supply a perfectly tailored Tensile Awning to suit your 56 wherever she may be kept around the world.

This new design joins a long list of the others that we now have on file to suit the following boats 53, 54, 545, 56, 575, 62, 625, 655, 72 (smart boom), 825, 885 (V Boom). If your boat type is not listed we can always arrange a trip to measure up, depending on the accessibility.

The concept of the over boom tensile awning is to provide weather protection, primarily from sun, for the guests, crew and the boat. Whilst the bimini provides some protection, for most boats the over boom tensile awning offers around 2 ½ times the coverage. The benefits are sun protection for the crew and large portions of the deck whilst providing a noticeable reduction in overall boat temperature. After a short while with the awning in place the air conditioning usually turns itself off. This of course provides a further benefit of reducing generator hours, noise and diesel consumption.

A further advantage of course is protection from rain in less than clement weather, indeed the extra covered space almost acts as a further large social area.

Check out more examples:  https://www.dolphinsails.com/WP/covers/yacht-tensile-awnings/

To find out more or to request a specification sheet please contact the Dolphin team on:

Jon Sturmer –   01206 384412 – jon@dolphin-sails.com

Paul Austin (South) – 02381 980090 (South) – paul.austin@dolphin-sails.com

Going Grey!

ITS NEVER TO EARLY TO GO GREY …

Grey Performance Cruise Laminate
Grey Performance Cruise Laminate

Increasingly as owner’s colour schemes for their yachts have developed there has been a call for an alternative colour from the standard white sail fabric. As a result, in line with our continuing product development we have listened to our customer’s requirements and over the winter months Dolphin Sails have been working with Dimension Polyant, our main cloth supplier, to produce a Grey version of the well proven DYS Dyneema cruise laminate. This new fabric is unique in that the taffetas are now woven with different colour yarns to give the grey colour rather than dying an existing white taffeta Grey. This process gives a more constant colour throughout the sail rather than the slight colour differences that can result with dyed fabrics.

 

The first set of grey sails have been supplied to the newly launched Oyster 575, as you can see from the photos taken during a sea trial it will certainly make your yacht stand out.

New grey Dyneema laminate from Dimension Polyant
New grey Dyneema laminate from Dimension Polyant

We have ordered a large quantity of the Grey DYS Dyneema in fabric weights to suit yachts up to and including the 62’ footer. Orders for yachts over 65’ will require a special order with a longer lead time.

Sea trials with the new Dimension Polyant DYS
Sea trials with the new Dimension Polyant DYS

This brings another element into effect while deciding on the theme for your new or existing boat, the choice of should you go for the new grey or traditional white…..

 

To find out more please contact the Dolphin team on:

Jon Sturmer –  – 01206 384412

Paul Austin –  – 02381 980090 (South)

East Anglian Boat Show

East Anglian Boat Show – Woolverstone Marina MDL

The second East Anglian Boat Show will be held at Woolverstone Marina over the weekend  of 20th & 21st June  (10am to 5pm)

Dolphin Sails will be exhibiting on the shore along the main parade and we will also have ‘Razzmatazz’ a Beneteau Oceanis 320 displaying a large selection of covers in the Marina

Please come along for a chat about sails and covers.

Contact Jon or Paul on 01255 243366 for further details.

eastanglianboatshow.co.uk

 

Oyster BVI Regatta

Oyster BVI 2015 Regatta

First class results from this year’s Oyster BVI regatta. For another year Dolphin had a strong showing of customers, with 60% of the fleet all sporting our sails. This year our customers dominated the results in Class 2 taking the top four podium places. A special congratulations must also be given to Oyster 72 ‘Infiniti of Cowes’ who’s new DYS Dyneema headsails which were delivered before the regatta helped her to win every race in Class 2.

Amongst the entrants where many previous and regular customers to these Oyster regattas along with some new faces who made their first ARC trip to be part of this excellent ran regatta.
Once such new entrant was ‘Atalanta’ Oys 575 who after being commissioned last summer made their way from the UK, through the Med to start the ARC on their first Atlantic crossing.

It is always good to meet our customers and talk to them on their experience’s and gain valuable feedback on our product. It also gives us a good opportunity to discuss with them any new sail setups that they may benefit from for future passages or regattas. Such new sail setup options that are regularly discussed are Twin headstay or Karver Top down furlers which can be easily added to their existing inventories

 

Again we would like to thank all our customers throughout the fleet for their hospitality and support they gave to our team during the regatta

Below is a list of results

 

Class 1

4th Overall – ‘Vamos’ Oys 625 with two 3rd places

Class 2

1st Infiniti of Cowes Oys 72

2nd Sotto Vento Oys 655

3rd Jigsaw Oys 53

4th Ayesha II Oys 575

 

If you have any questions for our team or would like to talk about new sails or covers please contact:

Jon Sturmer – jon@dolphin-sails.com – 01206 384412

Paul Austin (South Coast) – paul.austin@dolphin-sails.com  – 02381 980090

 

The photos below say it all ….