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North Sails for Cruising

As your expert Cruising partner, North Sails shares your passion for sailing.  We offer the experience and expertise to support all of your Cruising adventures. Our mission is to help you get the most out of your sailing. With a strong history of design, technology and innovation, our company culture is centered on providing the best sails and the best value. North Cruising Sails feature the strength, precision and durability associated with our company’s reputation as the unrivaled sailmaking leader. Our dedication to customers and our commitment to quality is why more Cruising sailors rely on North Sails than on any other sailmaker in the world. North customers know their sails are made different to perform better. North Cruising Sails deliver confidence, security and efficiency that results in a better cruising experience for you.

Adventure on your own terms

Quality equipment enables your ability. Going to sea is no small undertaking and your sails should not hold you back. Cruising with a feeling of assuredness allows you to follow your passions. Whether you are leaving the land behind, exploring new regions and connecting with new cultures, or simply sharing leisure time with friends and family – Adventure starts with your sails.

North Cruising Sails take you where you want to go.

North Sails Waterlogs

North Sails Waterlogs is a compilation of adventures recounted by sailors exploring the far corners of the world’s oceans. Joining the collective spirit of a diverse cruising community, we share their journeys from the Pacific Islands to the Caribbean, from South Africa to Spitzbergen, and beyond. Meet our Adventurers →

Longer Lifespan through Better Construction

Durability is the top priority for any Cruising sailor – but durability goes beyond sailcloth.  The lifespan of a sail is best defined by the years of usability. Most sails are retired not because the material becomes unsound. but because the sail shape and functionality have degraded to a point where the sail is no longer useable.

For this reason the construction, engineering and all of the components that go into a sail are equally important to a sails usable lifespan. The quality of a finished sail is the sum of the parts.

At North Sails, we take manufacturing seriously.

  • Proprietary sail materials manufactured by North Cloth.
  • Building all of our sails in our own factories.
  • Developing and maintaining the best and most modern 
sailmaking equipment.
  • Employing the largest and best-trained staff of 
sailmakers.
  • Using tried and true manufacturing techniques 
documented in our comprehensive Blue Books.
  • Deploying industry-leading quality assurance, from raw 
material testing to finished goods compliance.

When durability, sustainable sail shape and value are important – controlling all aspects of sail construction creates the best results. North Sails quality is apparent from the moment you hoist your new sail.

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MOLDED COMPOSITE

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Better Sail Shape through Better Design

Sail shape matters to cruising performance and Cruising sails must be able to handle a range of wind and sea conditions. A wide steering and trimming range will help you accommodate changing conditions with less frequent trimming adjustments. In short, Cruising sails must be all-purpose and user friendly.

Sail design is a science backed up by experience and North Sails recognizes the importance of each. Every Cruising sail we make is custom designed for your boat and your sailing. The North Sails design process combine science with an empirical library of Cruising specific sail shapes. The depth and breadth of our design expertise allows us to fit the perfect sail shape to your boat’s specific requirements – resulting in better cruising performance.

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More Enjoyment through Better Performance

Sailing enjoyment is a direct reflection of your boat’s performance. Cruising sailors should expect sails that respond to adjustment – delivering better motion through the water. With North Sails your boat will be faster and sail with less heel, less helm and less leeway. Full control of your sail power makes trimming and steering easier.

Easier sailing is more fun, and cruising sails don’t have to be overweight and bulky to be strong and durable. Well-engineered sails made from refined materials mean better furling and flaking, smoother tacking and gybing and more efficient sail handling and storage.

Welcome to the North Sails Cruising Experience – Where the journey is as rewarding as the destination.