Sail Design

DesignerDoyle Sailmakers operates with a highly coordinated central sail design team. This team consists of highly qualified sailors who each bring different strengths to the team. Richard Bouzaid, as the leading designer within the group, leads the innovation and research for the Doyle Design team. The design tools are amongst the most advanced 3D modeling and airflow programs in the world, helping our designers deliver the very best performing sails.

Doyle sails are engineered by experienced sailors with a world of know-how. The designs, loads and requirements are calculated utilizing our in-house analysis and CFD/FEA software to ensure optimal shape holding and accurate fit. What makes Doyle Sailmakers standout from the competition is experience and practical knowledge that can only come from specialists in each specific area.

Specifics such as projected wind range, crossover charts and specifics of an individual sail can be modeled and predicted prior to the sail even being fitted to the boat – making the racing and cruising inventories more than just an estimation or guess at best as most sailmakers have done previously. The design team has the resources of all members of the Doyle group, which encompasses over 80 sailmaking locations throughout the world - ensuring that there is a wide range of feedback on our designs.

    The sail designers at Doyle utilize the world leading sail design software “SailPack”, which has the ability to 3-dimensionally model the boat, rig and any sails at the actual flying shape onboard the boat, combined with various sail combinations and settings. Utilizing the 3-dimensional output from SailPack, Doyle's egineerers and CFD analysts can trim the sails in a wide range of conditions in a virtual wind tunnel, providing instanteous feedback on the sails for the design team. Coupled with FEA (Finite Element Analysis), this process determines optimal cloth characteristics or fiber layouts for laminate sails.

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Doyle's coordinated design department also ensures that the details are all sorted out in advance of the sail going into production. The outputs of SailPack coupled with Doyle's proprietary sail finshing software ensures that the dimensions are clear, the loads are clearly specified, the detailing thorough, and that the customer receives exactly what they want.



Doyle CFD Capabilities


Doyle CFD is a partnership between Doyle Sailmaker's engineering division and computational fluid dynamist (CFD) Tyler Doyle. By coupling high-definition RANS turbulent flow CFD simulations with composite layer finite element modeling (FEA) and automated shape optimization we provide yacht designers, sailmakers and others interested in turbulent flow engineering with a complete simulation environment capable of answering real world design optimization questions. Learn more....

Engineering Solutions

Design Engineering

Having solved some of the most challenging Superyacht projects and delivering high-performance grand-prix sails, our innovative engineers are accostomed to creating uniquely effective construction methods, sail handling systems, battens, batten systems, head, tack and clew attachments. Doyle solutions are highly engineered and elegant.

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