Nylet Newsletter number 120. July 2018.

What a year, half of it gone, Spring was engulfed in winter, a long cold and then wet one, so what changes! Not been much incentive do be outdoors standing about by any sort of water but ideal to be busy building and sprucing up the yacht ready for the off! Now water levels are receeding and most parts of this island not having had any meaningful rain for the past 6 weeks.

On a personal note, a milestone - in 2016 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 yachts as well as 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 rendering the leech unstable. 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 also our "150 sails list".

SPIRIT IOM YACHT. The SPIRIT 3 continues to sell well and the colour scheme in our photographs with black hull and yellow deck is often repeated although decks are currently only available in white. A new hull mould was madein 2016 in order to maintain the first rate quality of our mouldings. Although our moulder Robin Whitmarsh of Kingston Mouldings has retired recently the moulds have been now acquired by another long established moulder and so we are assured of new stock after the New Year.

SAILCLOTH TYPES (and see photos of sails on our site). We keep good stocks of white Dacron sailcloth 3.5oz 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. Unfortunately with the advent of exotics such as Kevlar & Mylar there has been a marked decline in the requirement for Dacron as a sailcloth for full size sails and lighter weights have not been loomed, except in white. Colours are, as a consequence, really too heavy for model sail use although we do have a small quantity in red and also tan 4.25oz but this does not work well in tandem with its lighter white cousin standing at 3.5oz.
Laminated scrim material however is much used by the racing fraternity for sails of any size, the weight starts easily at less than half that of Dacron (and our lightweight scrim even lighter) and this weight to strength ratio gives a superior performance, and particularly also in lighter conditions. Scrim is a relatively 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 and it makes great sails. We automatically apply the correct weight for the suit in question. New stock of scrim material first arrived in 2015 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'. If you are handy with an airbrush then it can be artworked, just ask us for a cut of the material to be sent with your sails so you may experiment. Racing sails made with panels allows us to build in more shape and importantly put it where it matters.
Names of popular designs featuring of late for which we have been making sails are - Wee Nip, Dragon Force, and - yes - still the Victoria keeps featuring - it must be one of the most popular 'ready to sail' 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 50 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) but 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 around £100.
Restoration work
keeps my colleague very busy with up to a dozen yachts, of various types, at any one moment 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).
Our workshop relocation. In April '18 we moved to Salisbury, our postal address & landline phone changed. Mobile number, email & website remains 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 to 2019. 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