Woven sails (such as Dacron and Spectra/Dyneema) are known for their durability and longevity. Proper sail care and regular service will ensure these already long-lasting sails will last even longer – no matter whether you use the sails for racing or cruising. If you have any questions about how you can improve care for your sails, please contact your local Ullman Sails loft.
Hard-finish Dacron sails, most commonly used for dinghy sails and one design keelboat sails, should only be rolled and stored where they will not be crushed.
Never put sails into a chlorinated swimming pool to clean. For a Dacron sail the vulnerable part will be the stitching, which is not chlorine-resistant.
Do not use solvents or cleaning agents on sails without professional guidance.
Dacron sails will typically feature aluminum headboards, stainless steel rings and nickel-plated grommets for slides or hanks. An occasional rinse with fresh water to remove salt in saltwater environments will help to reduce corrosion.
Defending your sails against UV exposure is extremely important. Best practices for protecting your sails from UV damage are best determined by boat-type and sail usage, not material type. To be sure that you are following all the best practices for your sails, click below: