STRATIS SAIL ART
Not only does STRATIS Sail Art produce photo quality images onto sails with sharp detailing, it is also more durable and saves a significant amount of weight at only 7 grams per square meter. The process begins with 3D modelling of the sail, with the images overlaid onto the sail surface, which produces an incredibly accurate visual representation of the final sail, also allowing for graphics to be overlaid onto multiple sails and the hull. The printed surfaces are processed prior to the fibre being laid and lamination, and 100% coverage of any sail can be achieved.
With a significant focus on Sustainability at Doyle Sails, STRATIS Sail Art is continually refined to ensure that the process continues to be as sustainable as possible. The key to our sustainability with this process has been removing all of the toxins and environmentally damaging aspects from our ink, that are found in typical paints and reducing the overall amount of ink that is used on any one sail to the absolute minimum.
SHADOW & THE OCTOPUS
Comar Yachts' Shadow was the first yacht to have been fitted with Stratis Sail Art sails. The 100’ yacht, launched in 2011, was fitted with membranes made in Doyle New Zealand’s Stratis plant, complete with photo-quality octopus.
Moving away from the traditional technique of painting directly onto sail, Doyle Sails New Zealand’s team printed onto the Stratis sail surfaces to create two octopi stretching down each sail on each side. That printing process meant detail, form and subtle nuances were transferred to the sail with unerring accuracy, making for the most detailed sail art to date.
The mosaic-like print has layers of colour, shapes and overlaid details which bring the two octopi to life as the sail fills. Despite the layers of detail, the end result is noticeably lighter than the sail would be if the image was created using the traditional approach of layering paint by hand; something which can add 10- 15kgs to a sail.