Stephan Barr

Stephan Barr

If your sails have seen better days, you may think that replacing them with new sails is your only option. But think again - high-quality, expert sail repair by Downer Sails can make old sails look, feel, and perform like new!

Even sails that have been in service for decades can be restored and refurbished to like-new condition. One of the keys to getting the longest life out of your sails is to keep a close eye on your sails and have repairs done as soon as a problem appears. Here are some things to look out for:

sail_careStoring sails – You will prolong the life of your sails if they are stored correctly.Ideally they should be rinced down with fresh water to remove the salt.Salt as well as acting as an abrasive on the threads attracts moisture and can cause mildew in the sail.When the sail is dry it should be folded correctly and stored in a dry environment.

Stains - The bad news is that stains on sails are an unsightly but unavoidable consequence of regular use. But the good news is that the right cleaning techniques can reliably eradicate just about any kind of stain.. Returning stained sails to their original beauty is a job for trained and experienced sail repair professionals, however - no amount of washing or do-it-yourself stain removal will give a badly stained sail that like-new look and feel. But in the right hands, professional dry cleaning using tried and tested sail restoration techniques will eliminate stains and leave your sails looking almost as good as they did the day you bought them .... even if that day was twenty or more years ago.

Mainsail, leech edge - The leech or back edge of the mainsail is often the first part of the sail to show wear and tear. Be on the lookout for these signs of leech edge problems:

- You're having trouble setting or trimming the main.
- It's hard to flatten the back edge of the sail
- Using the leech line only seems to cup the back edge instead of helping to flatten or quite down the back edge.
- You see visible signs of wear along the leech/back edge of the sail. This wear may be visible as tiny holes in the fabric, or in extreme cases tears along the stitching may even be visible.

If you note any of the above, it's likely that aging and use have created a problem that requires professional sail repair. As with all sail problems, the sooner you tackle it, the better the chances of successfully repairing it will be. But even severe cases of wear can be fixed by sail restoration specialists.

Batten pockets - Battens and the pockets that hold them provide an important role in shaping your mainsail. As you change direction with the boat, the mainsail moves from one side of the boat to the other. This causes the batten to flex and bend the cloth at the end of the pocket. Over time the cloth can become weak and even tear. If not caught in time the damage can be catastrophic, tearing out the whole pocket back to the leech edge and causing major damage to the sail. This is a problem that's all but impossible to address on your own, but it's a reasonably simple procedure for a sail restoration professional to repair. While making a repair of this kind it would be a good time to replace the elastic in the end of the pocket to keep proper tension on the batten to help maintain good sail shape. However it is important to catch wear in this area as soon as possible, so be sure to inspect your sails regularly for this kind of wear.

Luff rope has shrunk making it hard to raise or lower the main and to get a nice set on the sail - This is a common problem and one that many sailors are told cannot be fixed or adjusted. However the truth is that a good sail restoration professional may very well be able to fix it. In addition, the cost for this type of repair is relatively low and it takes very little time to do.

Different sail makers use various types of line or rope in the bolt rope. Nylon is popular because it has stretch, but it also will shrink. If you begin to notice the boom seems to be hanging lower at the clew or back edge of the sail than the tack or front edge of the sail, or if the bottom of the sail seems to have a noticeable bag or extra cloth, the problem could be the bolt rope.

Bag in the lower body of the sail - Another common problem that is almost always due to the sail being stretched by the wind. Sail restoration professionals have a number of ways to make repairs or adjustments that will solve this problem.

Roller Genoas – Pay careful attention to the UV strip if it is rotten or torn it may need to be repaired or replaced, remember the job of the UV strip is to protect your sail from Ultra violet light, its cheaper to replace the UV than the sail.

Spinnakers need to be carefully examined for small holes from wear and tear during the season that you may not have noticed and need attention this may save you a blow out during the upcoming season.

Sprayhoods,cockpit covers and sailcovers can all be cleaned and reproofed making them like new.Scratched windows can be replaced.
Wednesday, 17 November 2010 15:00

Miscellaneous Items

Sailcover 19'-6" long  4'8" deep at mast end tapering to 2'-10" Flat doesn’t wrap around mast Brand New 325
Sailcover  15' long Navy Acrylic Very Good 225
Sailcover  8'-3" long Navy Acrylic Brand New 125
Sailcover 12' Off White Acrylic Brand New 195
Sailcover  11'-6" Dark Green Acrylic Brand New 195
Sailcover  10' Off White Acrylic Brand New 165
Sailcover 9' Off White Acrylic Brand New 150
Sailcover 9' Blue Acrylic Brand New 150
Sailcover 8' Blue Acrylic Brand New 125
Sailcover  8' Wine Acrylic Brand New 125
Sailcover  8' Dark Blue acrylic Brand New 125
Sailcover 11'-10" Light Green Acrylic Brand New 195
12' Long Zipped Sailbag Navy Good 50
13' Long Zipped Sailbag Navy Good 50
Leecloths (2) white canvas 60" x 16" Battened at top Brand New 50
Leecloths (2) white canvas 60" x 16" Battened at top 1.3 metres x 0.40cms battened  at top Brand New 35
Wag Dinghy cover in wine acrylic  Brand New 595
Fender Apron 9' x 2' Blue PVC Brand New 35
Fender Apron 6' x 18" Blue Acrylic  Brand New 35
Fender Apron 6' x 18" White Acrylic Brand New 35
Banks Laser Under cover nylon  Brand New 150
Banks 470 O/Boom cover PVC nylon Brand New 200
Banks 420 O/Boom cover PVC nylon Brand New 200
Banks Optimist Trailing Cover PVC Brand New 95
Thursday, 15 November 2012 11:18

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    Thursday, 11 August 2011 14:53

    Find Us

    Downer Sails
    The Sail Loft,
    Crofton Avenue,
    Dun Laoghaire,
    Co Dublin,
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    Wednesday, 15 June 2011 11:16

    Mainsails

    If there is nothing suitable on our list please contact us with your requirements as we take in secondhand sails on a regular basis. Also All Prices include VAT

    Ref. Sail Luff Leech Foot Wt of Cloth Panel Layout Condition Price Comment
                     
    1 Mainsail 14' 6"   7' 4" 6oz Crosscut Good 125  
    2 Mainsail 20' 22' 9" 12' 8" Mylar Crosscut Very Good 295 One reef
    3 Mainsail 420 class       Good 150  
    4 Mainsail Optimist   class     Good 75  
    5 Mainsail 23'-4" 24'      8' 6 oz. Crosscut Fair/good 150 Two Reefs
    6 Mainsail 23'-4" 24'-8" 8'-2" 6 oz. Crosscut Good 200 Two Reefs
    7 Mainsail 28'-6" 30-4" 9'-7" 7 oz. Crosscut Fair/good 250 Two Reefs
    8 Mainsail 28' 29' 10'-2" 7 oz. Crosscut Very Good 350 Furling mainsail straight leech
    9 Mainsail 31'-6" 33'-6" 9'-10" 7.5oz. Crosscut Fair/good 325 Three Reefs
    10 Mainsail 36'-9" 38'-4" 11'-7" 8 oz. Crosscut Fair/good 395 Three Reefs
    11 Mainsail 40' 43' 13'-8" 10 oz. Crosscut Good 500 Three Reefs
    12 Mainsail 41' 43'-10" 13'-10  10 oz. Crosscut Good 500 Three Reefs
    13 Mainsail 42'-6" 44'-9" 11' 9 oz. Crosscut Good 500 Three Reefs
    14 Mainsail 48' 50'-1" 14'-2" 9 oz. Crosscut Very Good 750 Three Reefs
    Wednesday, 15 June 2011 11:15

    Jibs

    Ref. Sail Luff Leech Foot Wt of Cloth Panel Layout Condition Price Comment
    100 Jib 10'-10" 10'-5" 4'-2" 5 oz Crosscut Good 50 Feva class jib
    101 Jib 11' 6" 10' 4" 5' 7" 6oz Crosscut Fair 50 Set flying
    102 Jib 11'-4" 10'-7" 5'-7" 6oz Crosscut Good 85 Set Flying and Window
    103 Storm Jib 15' 11'-8" 7'-5" 10 oz. Crosscut Good 150 Brass Hanks & Rope Luff
    104 Storm Jib 17'-3" 13'-6" 7'-6" 8 oz. Crosscut New 225 Wire Rope with Brass Hanks
    105 Storm Jib 18'   6' 9 oz. Crosscut New 225 Wire Rope with Brass Hanks
    105 Jib 18' 15' 8' 7oz. Mitre Excellent 195 Wire Rope with Brass Hanks
    106 Storm Jib 19'-9" 17'-6" 10' 8 oz. Crosscut Excellent 225 Wire Rope with Brass Hanks
    107 Jib 22'-3" 17' 10'-2" 7 oz. Crosscut Very Good 225 Brass Hanks & Rope Luff
    108 Jib 22'-4" 22' 10'-10" 6 oz. Crosscut Fair/Good 195 Brass Hanks & Rope Luff
    109 Jib 22'-4" 19'-6" 8'-10" 7oz. Crosscut Very Good 225 Wire Rope with Brass Hanks
    110 Jib 22'-9" 21' 8'-2" 7oz. Crosscut Excellent 250 Window + Press Button hanks
    111 Jib 25'-9" 24'-2" 8'-2" 7oz. Crosscut Excellent 250 Window + Press Button hanks
    112 Jib 27'-8" 24'-4" 10' Mylar Tri Very Good 395 North Sail Hanks & Rope
    113 Storm Jib 28' 23' 10' 8 oz. Crosscut Fair/Good 225 Wire Rope with Brass Hanks
    114 Roller genoa 29'-6" 29' 16'-8" 7oz. Crosscut Good 495 5mm Luff + Red uv on portside
    115 Storm Jib 30' 28' 13'-3" 10oz. Crosscut New 495 Wire Rope with Brass Hanks
    116 Jib 31'-6" 29'-9" 18' 7 oz. Crosscut Good 375 Wire Rope with Brass Hanks
    117 Jib 31'-10" 29'-4" 11'-4" 7oz. Crosscut Good 350 5mm Luff tape
    118 Genoa 33'-3" 32'-9" 16'-6" 6 oz. Mitre Fair 250 Piston Hanks
    119 Jib 33'-9" 33' 16'-6" 6 oz. Mitre fair 250 Piston Hanks
    120 Jib 34' 31'-3" 15'-9" Mylar Tri Very Good 500 5mm luff tape
                       
    121 Roller genoa 34'-6" 33'-4" 18'-7" 7 oz. Crosscut Very Good 550 5mm luff tape u.v. strip 
    122 Jib 35'-4" 28' 12'-10" 6 oz. Crosscut Fair 250 Wire Rope with Brass Hanks
    123 Jib 36'-4" 35' 17' Mylar Tri Very Good 550 5mm Luff Tape
    124 Jib                
    125 Roller genoa 37'-9" 36'-5" 16'-4" 7oz. Crosscut Fair/Good 450 5mm Luff +white uv on starboard
    126 Light Genoa 39'-6" 39'-10" 22'-6" 6 oz. Mitre  Fair/Good 400 Piston Hanks
    127 Genoa Jib 40'-6" 40'-6" 22'-6" 6 oz. Mitre  Fair/Good 400 Piston Hanks
    128 Jib 40'-6" 36'-2" 14'-8" 8 oz. Crosscut Very Good 550 Piston Hanks
    129 Jib 40'-8" 38' 21' Mylar Tri Radial Very Good 650 5mm luff tape
    130 Jib 42'-8" 39'-9" 18'-7" 7 oz. Bi-Radial Good 550 5mm Luff & UV on starboard
    131 Jib 45'-6" 43' 13'-3" Mylar Tri Good 650 Mc William sail 5mm luff tape
    132 Genoa Jib 46'-7" 45'-9" 26'-9" 5 oz. Crosscut F/Good 550 6mm luff tape
    133 Genoa Jib 47'-6" 45'-4" 21'-8" 8 oz. Crosscut F/Good 550 Hood Sail 5mm luff tape
    134 Yankee Jib 48' 46' 26'-6" 6 oz. Crosscut F/Good 595 Wire Rope with Brass Hanks
    135 Genoa Jib 53'-2" 53'-10" 24' 7 oz. Crosscut Excellent 750 5mm luff tape
    136 Yankee Jib 54' 44'-9" 21'-6" 9 oz. Crosscut Very Good 750 Piston Hanks
    Wednesday, 15 June 2011 11:06

    Spinnakers-Cruising Chutes

    Ref. Sail Luff Leech Foot Wt of Cloth Panel Layout Condition Colour Price
    200 G P 14'       1 oz Crosscut Brand New Pale Blue & White 195
    201 G P 14'       1 oz Crosscut Brand New Royal Blue 195
    203 G P 14'       1 oz Crosscut Brand New Pale Blue & White 195
    204 Spinnaker 14'3"   9'-8" 1 oz Crosscut Fair/Good White 65
    205 Spinnaker 15'-8"   10'-4" 1.5 oz. Radial Fair/Good Pale Blue   75
    206 Cruising Chute 23' 20' 17' 1.5 oz. Radial Like New Pale Blue Yellow White 350
    207 Spinnaker 24'-6"   15' 1.5 oz. Radial Brand New Red & White 400
    208 Spinnaker 28'-6"   17'-9" 1.5 oz. Tri-Radial Good Red & Yellow 395
    209 Cruising Chute 29'-2" 24'-5" 19'-9" 1.5 oz. Radial Brand New Red & White 550
    210 Spinnaker 30'   18' 1.5 oz. Radial Brand New Purple &White 550
    211 Spinnaker 30'   20' 1.5 oz. Tri-Radial Fair/Good Red White Blue 395
    212 Cruising Chute 30' 25' 21'-6" 1.5 oz. Radial Good Red White Blue 395
    213 Spinnaker 36'   23'-4" 1.5 oz. Radial Good Purple & Yellow 450
    214 Cruising Chute 37' 30'-6" 19'-9" 1.5 oz. Radial Fair/Good Pale Blue & White 395
    215 Spinnaker 45'-6"   28'-6" 2 oz. Tri-Radial Good Blue & White 695
    216 Spinnaker 46'-6"   25'-6" 1.5 oz. Tri-Radial Fair/Good Red White Blue 550
    217 Spinnaker 47'-8"   27'-3" 1.5 oz. Tri-Radial Good Red White Blue 695
    218 Spinnaker 48'   30' 1. 5 oz Tri-Radial Good Red White Blue 695
    219 Spinnaker 50'   30' 1.5 oz. Tri-Radial Good Red White Blue 750
    220 Spinnaker 51'-3"   26' 1.5 oz. Tri-Radial Good White 750
    221 Spinnaker 51   25 1.5oz Tri-Radial Like New Green/Orange 1250
    Tuesday, 14 June 2011 10:13

    Welcome To Downer Sails

    Downers have been manufacturing new sails in Dun Laoghaire for the past 55 years and we are now in our fourth generation of family commitment to service and quality.

    At Downers we believe in blending modern technology with traditional skills.

    Downer Sails provide the following services:

    • New Sails
    • Express Sail repair and alteration service
    • Marine covers and general canvas work
    • Secondhand Sails
    • Reefing systems and sail handling systems
    • Standing and running rigging.
    • Architectural sail shades and fabric structures (www.downerint.com)
    • Architectural stainless steel wire rigging systems (www.downerint.com)
    Tuesday, 14 June 2011 10:11

    Contact

    Contact

    Tuesday, 14 June 2011 10:11

    Marine Covers

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    Downers have been manufacturing top quality marine covers and canvas work for 55 years. Each cover is custom made to your boat. Our covers are made from specially developed marine fabrics which are specifically designed for their purpose.


    • We use top quality stainless steel tubing and offer a tube diameter of  3/4, 7/8 , or 1 inch, depending on Yacht size and canopies function.
    • Grab Rails, sliding tracks and pockets are also available as optional extra

    Range of covers include.


    • Sailcovers
    • Dodgers
    • Sprayhoods
    • Cockpit Covers
    • Stackpacks
    • Cockpit enclosures
    • Winter Covers
    • Tonneau covers
    • Flybridge covers
    • Wheel covers
    • Rib Covers
    boat covers
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