Nylet Newsletter number 119. February 2017.

Winter lingers on, January was interminably cold and with hardly a break, not much incentive do be outdoors standing about by any sort of water! Let us pin our hopes on less cold days. Spring seems to be appearing, the bulbs are coming through and the sun is climbing higher, there is hope.

On a personal note, a milestone - last year I celebrated 50 years of model sailmaking, and am pleased to say that I take great pleasure in my work, every sail I make is given equal attention to detail. It is also 100 years of sailmaking experience when taken together with my late father, who taught me most of what I know. It might actually be 111 years if I reckon his early years working for his father and making sails for his own dinghy (which he built) in the mid 1920's before he made sails commercially.

Sailmaking. We are always very busy with sailmaking, cotton sails (of all types) and modern suits in racing scrim etc. A growing part of our business is in making 'replacement' kit sails, such as the Victoria, Fairwind, Seawind, Northwind, Voyager 2, Thunder Tiger America's Cup (Emirates) ETNZ, and sails for various other Chinese yachts. The original sails provided with these kits are usually made in ripstop spinnaker cloth (not at all ideal), and often incorrectly/poorly made, such as a badly shaped luff, or at worse with the warp running down the luff which is utterly hopeless. Customers tell me they find a great improvement in performance by switching to Nylet scrim sails. We have over 170 sail designs in our cutting book and on computer from which we can make sails, and of course, as always, we can make sails to special order from customers measurements - see our "150 sails list".

THETIS IOM YACHT. This One Metre (IOM) has seen some good results. "THETIS" is named after a Greek goddess, "silver-footed Thetis", known as the goddess of water. This design is in our listings and offered for sale in much the same way as the SPIRIT Three, i.e. as semi-kits (no rig), and full kits with rig/s, and we continue to receive reports from satisfied customers who are finding that she is a fast yacht. Speaking recently with a customer from a Norfolk club he tells me there will now be three THETIS yachts on their water and much admired for their speed. The SPIRIT 3 continues to sell well and the colour scheme in our photographs with black hull and yellow deck is often repeated. A new hull mould was made last year in order to maintain the first rate quality of our mouldings. However our moulder Robin Whitmarsh of Kingston Mouldings has retired so when the last of our stock of Thetis and Spirit hulls are sold through there will be no more - we are unable to find a comparable moulder who manufactures to the same high quality.

SAILCLOTH TYPES (and see photos of sails on our site). We keep good stocks of white Dacron sailcloth 3.6oz weight. Dacron has changed little since we first used the British made version of that cloth, Terylene, in 1966. These closely woven high quality sailcloths maintain a balance between loomed threads and resin bonding. Dacron sailcloth makes up well and produces good looking sails for the classic yacht, or simply for a general suit for most weathers and are particularly stable for heavier conditions. It has the capability to hold a good shape, and is well suited for any size sail up to and including Ten Rater & A-class sails.
Laminated scrim material is much used by the racing fraternity for sails of any size, the weight starts easily at less than half that of Dacron (and lightweight scrim even lighter) and this light weight to strength ratio gives a superior performance, and particularly also in lighter conditions. Scrim is a tough yet supple material and its lighter weight makes it an ideal material for racing yacht sails of any type and size; probably around 80% of our racing sails today are requested in this material. We automatically apply the correct weight for the suit in question. New stock of scrim material first arrived in '15 and the weight is a little less than the previous batches, its strength to weight ratio is an improvement and it has a somewhat 'supple' feel and is ideal for sails in the 770mm, 36 inch and One Metre to Marblehead size. 'Heavier' weights are used for larger sails. Scrim is nil colour and so it is useful to apply coloured trim/corner patches to identify your sails on the water. If you are racing then seriously consider scrim, the material makes a beautiful sail which 'does what it says on the tin.'
Racing sails made with panels allows us to build in more shape and importantly put it where it matters. Names of yachts featuring of late where we have been making sails for customers, are - Wee Nip, Dragon Force, and - yes - still the Victoria keeps featuring - it must be one of the most popular yachts.
For the cruising yacht, or classic yacht where a traditional appearance is important then white Dacron looks the part. We also make 'Heritage' classic Dacron sails for the 50's and 60's yacht, with all detail sewn, in fact everything being sewn precisely as we did 45 plus years ago.
Mylar film is available in 50 microns thickness, a clear material which can be cheered up using coloured corner patches and trim. It is about the same weight as scrim but unfortunately film lacks the suppleness and is very prone to taking a crease. Having said that, for the yachtsman making his own sails then for any yacht around half a metre length and less it is a cheap material which can be made up at home easily, see our price list for this material, sold by the piece.
Varnished Terylene is very little seen today but for the later classic vane yacht then this would quite possibly have been the material to have been used originally; it was almost exclusively employed by the sailmaker Jones from Birkenhead in the 50's. We still have a small quantity of original material. However, there will be no more of this material, it is from the final run loomed. There are modern options, a material that looks a little similar but the quality is not there and it has a soft feel (which the true V. Terylene did not have) and it will tear, therefore we are not using it until a 'stronger' version appears.
We are always very busy with work on cotton sails, of all types, in natural finish cotton cloth, and if required it can be dyed. Our cotton sails are made in much the same way whether they are for sailing use or for display only, they will do a job of work as well as looking neat, one might say 'ship shape and Bristol fashion'. All class cotton sails receive our makers stamp (in the corner of the mains'l) and is based upon my fathers mark he used after the war until 1965.
A customer informed me that Peter Stollery sailed with a suit of our sails for some 12 years and finishing in first place more times than he could remember.
In September '14 a new range of sail winches came on stream; unit W01 suits 36 inch & IOM yachts; unit W02 suits M-class, 6M & Ten Rater size yachts; prices from under £100.
Restoration work
keeps my colleague very busy with up to a dozen yachts, of various types, awaiting his expert attention (and most requiring our cotton sails).
NEWS FROM 1979! Lets go back in time for a little bit of nostalgia. An article written by Chris Bowler on the Nylet Ten Rater Scimitar appeared in the May 2013 edition of MARINE MODELLING and it is reproduced here (on this site) by kind permission of the author and Marine Modelling. Chris was a customer of ours back in the 1970's and he phoned us about a Scimitar that they had recently refurbished and which had originally been built as the basis of an article in Model Boats in 1979 (see the full story via the drop down list).
Possible relocation. Our postal address & landline phone number may change during the next few months. Mobile number, email & website will remain unchanged.
Wishing you every success with your sailing.
Frank Parsons.

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Crossing the Atlantic. The Microtransat International Challenge.

The Microtransat Challenge is a transatlantic race of fully autonomous sailing boats. The race aims to stimulate the development of autonomous sailing boats through friendly competition.
2013,14 & 16. Supporter of Robin Lovelock in his attempt on crossing the Atlantic with his yacht Snoopy. Yacht Snoopy is “powered” by Nylet sails for the next attempt to cross the Atlantic.
More about the challenge at— http://www.microtransat.org/index.php
Robin’s website with updates — http://www.gpss.force9.co.uk/rbdesign.htm .