Sails need regular attention and diligent care and maintenance will ensure that your Doyle sails last as long as possible. Doyle offers maintenance and repair services available in any corner of the world. Our staff is trained to identify common sail problems before they turn into expensive and inconvenient disasters, and like with most things on a boat, we recommend regular inspection once a year.
When repairs are needed, Doyle Sails evaluate each job by examining the extent of the damage, the anticipated lifespan of the sail, and the future of the sailor, to make the most appropriate service recommendations and estimates. Personal, professional service ensures customers know what they're paying for, and what they're getting, every time.
Doyle offers sail service all around the world. Get in touch with your local loft.
We recommend that your sails be inspected and serviced once a year. The sooner any chafe, mildew or other problems are detected, the easier it will be to rectify. Your local Doyle loft will inspect all stitching and hardware. For storage, your sails should be stored dry and free of salt, ensuring that they are folded without any wrinkles and kept at room temperature.
UV Protection: Ultraviolet rays are the number one enemy of your sails. Left exposed to the sun when not being used, your sails will deteriorate rapidly. All mainsails, mizzens and staysails should have the leech and foot covers to protect the sail fabric from the sun when the sail is furled.
Flogging and Overloading: Sail care starts with learning how to properly set and trim your sails. If you let your sails flog and flap in the breeze, the sail cloth will be broken down quickly and become prone to tearing. Understanding where to correctly position your genoa leads and how to maintain proper halyard and sheet tension will lead to a properly set sail. Be sure to keep the leech line adjusted so that the leech does not flutter. Properly set sails last longer and you will experience improved performance. For more information on setting your sails properly, please read the Doyle Sails Genoa and Mainsail Trim Guides.
Washing Your Sails: Depending on the number of hours and type of use, it will become necessary to wash your sails. Washing serves two purposes: first, it rids the sails of salt, dirt and other contaminants. Salt encrusted sails are harder to handle and because salt is a crystal it will shorten the life of your sails. Second, washing the sails helps remove unsightly oil, grease, rust and mildew stains.
Using Sail Cleaners: Be sure to read, understand and follow the instructions on any cleaning product you may choose to use.