Having long realized the need to offer special images for customers and commercial sponsorship, Doyle has created a number of stunning sail graphics over the years, but has taken it to the next level with Stratis Sail Art, the most-detailed sail graphics to date.
Stratis Sail Art is the process of printing photo quality images onto sails as opposed to the traditional hand painting method. Not only does this technique produce sharp and detailed images, but it also saves significant amounts of weight.
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.
The unique Stratis Sail Art process doesn't compromise the sails' integrity, compared with the traditional paint process which results in brittle sail membranes. Full photo images can be translated to the sails - drastically increasing the appeal of sails as a billboard to sponsors - with a high definition finish that's as effective close-up as it is from a distance. Doyle Sails are well-known for their innovation; creating Stratis, Stratis ICE and a range of other products. Now, adding Stratis Sail Art to its stable of products, the Doyle team is proud to not only be able to offer sails which perform unlike anything else on the water, but look unlike anything else on the water.