ABOUT THIS LOFT
Doyle Sails Midwest, based in Chicago, IL, is a full service and production sail loft, offering sails, sail service, consulting, rigging and speciality items. The Midwest loft works closely with our corporate office in Salem, MA and our dedicated Stratis Membrane production loft in Auckland New Zealand as well as the other Doyle Sails lofts around the world.
The Midwest loft has a long history that started in prior to joining Doyle in 1989. The loft draws on decades of hands on sailing and sail making expertise. Originating as Murphy and Nye the company has passed hands over the years and has continued its relationship with providing sails and services to everything from Olympic Classes to the worlds largest superyachts. Loft owner John Baxter has been in the sailmaking business for over 33 years and participate in events all over the world including, 2 Sydney Hobarts, winning the class once and placing 3rd in class, and 23 Key West Race Weeks, Various Superyacht Regattas around the world, several SORC’s, Montego Bay Races. In addition, TP-52’s and numerous Maxi, Corel-45, Farr-40 and Mumm 30 World and National Championships. Not to mention 30 Chicago Mac races with several overall and class wins over the years.
The loft in Chicago has been a leader in the development of many of these One Design Classes including the J-111, J-109, J-88, J-70, Ben-36.7, Ben 40.7, Farr-40 and Sydney-38 fleets. We specialize in finishing many of these One Design sails right here to the highest degree of detail and providing our customers the highest level of service.
While the Midwest loft has a long racing tradition, they have also been the primary supplier of sails to the smallest to largest cruising boats in the Great Lakes and Oceans. Several of our customers are sailing in various parts around the world.
As a member of the International Doyle Sailmaking Group, Doyle Midwest has full access to the same technology that produces sails for many of the highest profile yachts around the world. Many of the highest-performing racing yachts, including the likes of Hugo Boss, Bella Mente, Proteus, Rio-100, Scallywag-100, Leopard 100, and Shockwave to name a few, all use sails and membranes manufactured in our Auckland facility together with many of the most technologically advanced superyachts, such as Kokomo, M5, Perseus^3 and the Maltese Falcon, which were all projects that broke boundaries in engineering and problem solving.
Doyle Midwest is one of the largest sail manufacturing and service facility’s in the midwest. Our services include:
- New sails
- Service & Repairs
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