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North Panel Laminate sailcloth is produced using the most advanced laminator in the world. Our machine was designed by North 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 laminating entire 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. Introduced in 2014, the Exact is a rotating creel unique to North Sails and provides a foundation for an entirely new generation of scrim style NorLam. The Exact allows on-the- fly application of variable-angle x-scrims and enables North Cloth laminate constructions that cannot be copied elsewhere.
North Sails proprietary construction process allows for exception 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 constructed with clear mylar outer plies with black Twaron®/ Technora® warp insert and eXactTM x-scrims featuring zero-crimp construction. NPL Sport sails are the proven world leader in one-design and club race paneled sails providing 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 feature high-performance North Sails Xi Cruise laminates. Featuring black Aramid warp yarns and our exclusive eXactTM x-scrim reinforcement, sandwiched between thin layers of Polyester taffeta. The result is an easy-to- handle radial cruising sail delivering 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 eXactTM x-scrim reinforcement and are available with added carbon warp fiber. UltraPE delivers unequaled resistance to flex fatigue, chafe and UV damage, and 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, light weight and highly durable materials. North Downwind Laminates are a purpose built range of sail materials to meet these requirements, Our Xi downwind styles are offered in multiple constructions to optimally address the wide range of conditions encountered by reaching sails - for inshore, o shore, 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