Sail Care & Sail Servicing

As with many things in our lives, looking after your yacht’s sails by taking a little care over their seasonal storage and preventative maintenance programme could save you a lot of expense in the longer term. We are always happy to advise you on what might be a suitable programme, given the conditions in which you sail and store your yacht.

If you, or your boat, are in the Solent Area you can drop off your sails at one of our Service/Collection points, located at:

  • Premier Marina, Swanwick (a.k.a 'Moody's Boatyard' on A27 - Just off M27 at J8/J9) - Shed No7, Key with Marina Office.
  • Berthon Marina, Lymington - Store Key held with Marina Office.
  • Premier Marina, Gosport (next door to our Kemp Sails Sales & Service Centre) - Shed in Car Park, Key with Marina Office
  • Endeavour Quay Waterside Shed - Come alongside at Endeavour Quay and use the EQ Shed (by arrangement please)
  • Hamble Point Marina - Shed is opposite Boat Lift Hoist Dock, Key with Marina Office.

 

  • Other marina's only by mutual arrangement and agreement (charges may apply)

Outside of this region, to arrange for collection and service work on your sails, please either call us and we’ll send you a ‘collection pack’, or simply complete and return the following form (preferably please ‘box’ the sails for shipping) and we will arrange for their collection:

 Sail Care Collection Request Form

If your current sails are still in a reasonable condition, but are starting to show the stress and strain of a few years' service, then now could be the time to consider a re-cut.

The effect that an experienced Sailmaker armed with a pencil, pair of scissors and a sewing machine can have on tired sails is amazing.

The list of re-cuts and upgrades is endless and you may well find that some of them will substantially help your sailing or improve your enjoyment through making the simple sail handling operations far easier. For instance, many people fit 'Lazy Jack' lines - often with a Packaway (Mainsail stacking system). Quite commonly this brings about problems with the battens catching on the Lazy Jacks when hoisting or dropping the sail. An upgrade to our ‘Powermain’ (75% length) battens will very often alleviate these troubles. Alternatively, you may opt to upgrade to Full Length Battens – in which case the choice of hardware is critical. Each year we are asked to upgrade Full Batten hardware fittings on several Mainsails to improve their performance and it is surprising just what a difference can be made!

Other options for upgrades are listed here:

Mainsail

  • Fitting ‘Firefly’ Retro-reflective stripes (for improved sail trimming, yacht visibility and passage making safety)
  • Fitting Telltales and or Camber lines
  • Fitting Additional Reef points
  • Fitting Reef Spectacles
  • Adding Sail Numbers (for safety and /or racing)
  • Upgrading / replacing battens

Genoas

  • Re-cutting to fit furling gear
  • Luff re-cutting to improve sail shape
  • Adding Foam Luff Strips
  • Fitting ‘Firefly’ Retro-reflective stripes (for improved sail trimming, yacht visibility and passage making safety)
  • Fitting Telltales and or Camber lines
  • Adding Sheet Lead Indicators and Furling Markers

Downwind Sails

  • Check over to repair small holes and tears.
  • Adding and loading into a Snuffer (or squeezer)
  • Adding a Side launching Bag.

In order to arrange for collection and service work on your sails please either call us and we’ll send you a ‘collection pack’, or simply complete and return the following form (preferably please ‘box’ the sails for shipping) and we will arrange for their collection:

  document Sail Care Collection Request Form (397 KB)