Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Code Zero -- Reaching Power!

Doyle Code 0
The new generation Doyle "Reaching" Code 0 was specially developed to take advantage of the latest Stratis laminates and fill a range between the traditional Code 0 and the A3. Designed with a fuller forward section than a standard Code 0, the sail excels at deeper angles, while the strength to weight ratio that results from an aggressively mapped fiber layout allows the sail to be carried into a higher apparent wind speed as the boat sails deeper angles.
The sail flies with a tighter luff, allowing more aggressive steering and easier sail trim, while advanced fiber placement within the laminate ensures stable flying shape and comparable weight to an A3.  The tight luff also allows the sail to be easily depowered by simply easing the sheet, as the design allows it to twist off more like a conventional headsail, while the tight luff prevents it from collapsing. Covering an extremely wide crossover, combined with a unique furling system, the sail’s superior characteristics have made it a proven winner - the 2013 Newport-Bermuda Race winner Shockwave credits many of her miles to this sail.
Locally here in South Florida, Carl Wehe recently began sailing with his new Doyle Code Zero.  Ideal for point-to-point races with the wind on the beam, he'll be a threat in the Lauderdale to Key West Race and similar Boat of the Year regattas.

Friday, August 30, 2013

Skilled Labor Day

Nothing like a good looking clew ring!  We removed old ring, covered up the stitch holes on the non cover side, then covered the cover side to protect the webbings from the sun.  Call it Skilled Labor Day.

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

New Website -- Soft Launch

After many months of work, today's the soft launch of the new Super Sailmakers web site.  It's not perfect yet -- more components are on the way, and updating product information on our thousands of sails will be an ongoing task.  But we're pretty happy with the way it turned out and wanted to share it with our online followers before we begin some promotional mailings.  The mailings are going to offer 15% off our small sails, including the ones In-Stock, but as an online follower we'd like to offer you an additional 5% -- 20% OFF -- the production sail of your choice (excluding Catalina sails Spinnakers to Go, and Clearance/Used). Use coupon code "coolsite" (no quotes) when purchasing.  Please give us your feedback on the new site to  Thanks!

Friday, June 21, 2013

Stackpack Cradle Cover Secrets

Hi Bob,

I watched your video.  When we drop our mainsail it doesn’t fold neatly into the cover as shown. How does the stack pack improve this?

Regards John 

Hi, John --

It's a better system! 

Knowing how to use it is the most important.  You want to be into the wind, and you want the sail to drop quickly.  The momentum of the sail helps stuff it inside, and the inside of the Sunbrella walls is lined with Dacron.  The Dacron adds strength needed to reinforce the cover and make it durable enough to hold the sail and battens, but also, Dacron on Dacron is a slippery mix and the sail slides in well.  The top of each side of the cover has a batten that acts as a more rigid threshold that connects to the lazy jacks, giving a continuous plane that guides the sail into the cover.  And the forward and aft ends of the cover are supported by their own single-point lazy jacks that keep them supported.  Last, getting the size and shape right means it's big enough to serve as a "canyon" for the sail to fall into, but small enough to look neat and not sloppy when zipped.  The system has evolved over 20+ years of bareboat charter and private owner use, and I've been measuring and installing them on Lagoons for 10+ years.  We've got it pretty figured out.

To be fair, there are ways it can fall short of what you saw in the video.  The most common is when you're not into the breeze.  In this instance, the back of the sail beyond the aft lazy jacks can bend outward around them, not drop into the cover, hang out a little and limit how far the front can drop.  When this happens, we include small brass clips across one side of the lazy jacks at cover height.  These clips can be used to quickly close the cover by reaching across and clipping to the other side.  This contains the sail until you reach a place where you can stuff the rest and zip the cover shut properly. 

Often the hassle of dealing with a large mainsail is the small mental factor that can prevent you from using your boat.  You put considerable time, effort, and money into owning it, and we can remove this obstacle and let you enjoy sailing more.

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Hospice Regatta Almost Here!

The annual Hospice Regatta, the third supporting the caring mission of Hospice by the Sea, kicks off Saturday, May 18 off the shores of Ft. Lauderdale.  Last year's winner Brett Moss and crew qualified to represent us all at the National Hospice Regatta -- and won, bringing the prize back to Ft. Lauderdale.  The usual cast of characters will be out on the ocean racing for a good cause.  If you haven't signed up yet, use the link here to do so, and we'll see you on the water.

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Mainsail Leech Telltales

Recently we were asked about the function and use of leech telltales on a mainsail.  Leech telltales allow you to gauge the amount of twist in the leech of the mainsail by indicating the airflow off the leech at their various heights.  You generally want the telltales streaming straight back, but when you're trying to go to windward and point as high as possible, you can get a few degrees more out of the boat by trimming in the main tighter.  When you trim it too tight, the top section of the leech of the sail cups to windward, and the telltales there begin to stall and droop from the disturbed and inconstant air flow from the cupped leech.  When this happens, ease the mainsheet out a little until they being flying again and re-establish proper air flow.  As a good rule of thumb for the best upwind performance, you want the top two or three telltales flying 2/3 of the time and stalling 1/3, though this proportion is inexact and hard to maintain precisely as the boom surges up and down with waves and puffs.  Next time you're sailing upwind, find this threshold -- trim the sheet until the leech closes and the telltales droop, then ease until they stream, then trim, etc. so you see the difference.  And of course, "when in doubt, let it out."

Once you get the leech profile set up for the given wind conditions, you can increase pointing ability further by pulling the traveler to windward (not necessarily to the windward side, just to windward).  When doing this, the leech profile will stay the same, but the angle of the sail to the wind changes and helps the boat point a little higher.  Over-trimming the traveler to windward will cause the whole sail to stall, not just part of it, and you'll see your boatspeed drop.  You can correct by dropping the traveler and bearing off again, playing that stall threshold as well until you develop the feel for it.

In raceboats, mainsheet trimmers constantly play the mainsheet and traveler, adjusting one or both frequently in response to changing wind conditions and the feel of the helm.  On a cruiser, this might be a little obsessive, but when you learn what it looks and feels like when it's wrong, you can make it right more often and get more out of your boat.