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North Panel Laminate sailcloth is produced using the most advanced laminator in the world. Our machine was designed by our own materials engineers and purpose-built for laminating sailcloth. North Sails has been manufacturing exclusive cloth in our Sri Lanka facility since 2010. A fully integrated and powerful computer code controls the entire laminating process. Our perfectionist level of control ensures the highest possible quality laminated materials.
The magic of North Paneled Laminates is found in our Exact x-ply machine, which we introduced in 2014. A rotating creel unique to North Sails, it allows on-the-fly application of variable-angle x-scrims, enabling laminate constructions that cannot be copied elsewhere for an entirely new generation of scrim-style sails.
Our proprietary construction process allows for exceptional laminate bonding with minimal use of adhesives. The resulting product is functionally superior sails; lighter weight, higher strength, and increased durability compared to non-North laminates.
SPORT Series sails feature high-performance North Sails Xi Race laminates. They are constructed with clear mylar outer plies, a black Twaron®/ Technora® warp insert, and eXact™ x-scrims featuring zero-crimp construction. NPL Sport sails are the proven world leader in both one design and club race paneled sails because they are stronger, lower stretch, and lighter weight than other laminated racing sails.
World Leading Laminates NPL
- Industry-leading laminate bonding with a minimum of adhesives
- Exclusive eXactTM variable scrim yarn system
- Single side taffeta option for added durability
NPL TOUR Series sails are built from our North Sails Xi Cruise laminates. Black Aramid warp yarns and our exclusive eXact™ x-scrim reinforcement are sandwiched between thin layers of Polyester taffeta. The result is an easy-to-handle radial cruising sail that delivers low stretch and a smooth, longer-lasting shape. NPL Cruise sails set the standard for performance-minded coastal cruisers.
Stronger Cruising Laminates
- High tenacity Aramid yarn for lower stretch and superior breaking strength
- Embedded thin Mylar film
- Black Aramid warp insert and eXactTM x-ply yarns
- Long-wearing thin Polyester taffeta outer layers available in gray (G series) or white (W series)
For larger yachts, NPL TOUR Ultra Series sails are made with North Sails UltraPE laminates, which deliver low stretch, durability and easy handling. UltraPE laminates feature our exclusive eXact™ x-scrim reinforcement and are available with added carbon warp fiber. UltraPE delivers unequaled resistance to flex fatigue, chafe, and UV damage, and it is the ultimate radial-paneled sail material for Superyachts and Expedition cruisers.
More Power for Bigger Boats
- Latest generation UltraPE (Ultra High Molecular Weight Polyethylene) Taffetas
- UltraPE eXactTM x-scrim reinforcing
- UltraPE CrossBeam ll direction yarns
- UltraXC Carbon fiber warp insert styles available
Modern asymmetric reaching sails require low stretch, lightweight, highly durable materials, and North Downwind Laminates are purpose-built to meet these requirements. Our Xi downwind styles are offered in multiple constructions to address the wide range of conditions encountered by reaching sails: inshore, offshore, monohull, multihull, racing or cruising.
High Performance Reaching Sails
- Xi Code – Aramid warp Insert and eXactTM scrim and light polyester film outer plies
- Xi Code T – Aramid warp Insert and eXactTM scrim, light polyester film outer ply and single light taffeta outer ply
- Xi Race – Aramid warp Insert and eXactTM scrim and polyester film outer plies