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The name Code Zero means different things to different sailors. What started out as a straightforward but innovative concept, has evolved into an entire category of sails still under development. As a result, one Code Zero may look and perform quite differently from another, depending upon any number of design criteria. There is however one… Read More
Cruising sailors demand durability. Yet, durability is not an easily quantified element of sail performance. Predicting durability is a tough challenge because sails are subjected to so many different forms of use and conditions. That said, the most common question we hear from cruising sailors is: “How long will my sails last?” Here, we’ll try… Read More
At North Sails, we are passionate about performance. For cruising sailors this means a lot more than just speed. As a company we are proud of our many successes on the race course and based on our track record, one might easily assume that North Sails is focused only on winning races. The reality however,… Read More
North Sails stands behind our products. When you buy a North Cruising Sail, you can expect quality. North Sails will fit your boat This means all of the two dimensional aspects of the sail (luff, leech, foot length, clew height and attachment offsets) will be right. If for some reason the sail does not fit… Read More
Sails are wings that use the wind to generate a force to move a boat. The following explanation of how this occurs can help understand how to maximize the performance achieved from sails. Sails are Flexible Wings. It is useful to recognize what a typical sail is. They are normally built from a flexible material… Read More
Sail Plan Dimension Descriptions The basic rig dimension for a yacht are generally understood. However, there are some differences in how some sailors describe these dimensions. Here is how we define them at North Sails. I – Height of Foretriangle Elevation of Forestay, measured down to elevation of main shrouds at sheer line. J –… Read More
A sailor’s guide to sail fibers Modern sailcloth begins life as industrial fiber and film. Some of these products are well known to sailors by a specific supplier’s brand name; but in many cases the material properties of these products are not especially well understood. A better understanding of the characteristics of these fibers can… Read More
When a wing (like a sail or a keel or centerboard) produces lift, an accompanying drag force is generated called induced drag. This is related to pressure that is lost around the wingtip and the formation of vorticity. A wing is considered to be more efficient if it produces lift with less induced drag. Common… Read More
North leads the way towards the new Melges 40 When a new high-performance boat comes on the market, the pressure is on to meet the expectations of everyone involved in the project: the designer, builder, class promoters, industry providers, media and – most importantly – the owners and crews. The higher the performance, the greater… Read More