Polyester’s desirable properties include excellent resiliency, high abrasion resistance, high UV resistance, high flex strength and low cost. Low absorbency allows the fiber to dry quickly. Although polyester has been replaced by higher modulus fibers such as those used in the Doyle Stratis products, its proven durability and price point has seen it remain a popular cruising sailcloth fiber.
While Dacron has become a generic term to cover a wide range of materials, Doyle utilizes a variety of specialized cloths to suit individuals needs. Doyle's has a Dacron for every application from racing dinghies to large cruising yachts, and your local Doyle loft can help you find the right style for your boat.
Dacron-Dyneema Hybrid is a more recent addition to the range of performance woven sailcloth. Designed with performance cruising yachts and long distance cruising in mind, the Dacron-Dyneema combo provides strength and durability in a woven fabric suited to radial sails. Due to the woven construction and the strength of Dyneema yarns, this Dacron Hybrid is resistant to damage due to wear and tear, as well as mildew buildup.
Different weights are available depending on the application. Speak to your local loft expert to find out more about matching the fabric to the loading of a particular area of the sail to make your sail lighter and more efficient.
Hydranet comes in two different construction methods: Crosscut & Radial.
Hydranet is a tightly woven high tenacity fabric with a "net" of Ultra-PE for offshore cruisers. This special construction has been refined and developed using high performance looms to create a fabric that is unique in the sailcloth market.
With its special weave and finish Hydranet radial constructed sails feature unsurpassed strength and longevity, exceeding the specifications of other wovens and many laminates. Hydranet radial is constructed with an extremely high share of Ultra-PE fibers in the warp direction. Hydranet radial is an extremely tight weave achieving superior shape retention along with a soft hand. Design targets that were possible with laminates only can now be put into practice with Hydranet radial. The radial range of fabrics comprises several styles that can be combined for step-up construction.
Hydranet Crosscut (top image) Hydranet Radial (bottom image)