vacuum panels – sail as membrane?

12th December 2014

When thinking about what materials to use as a membrane I came across this – regatta sail sheet. This is made of a laminate with mylar (clear film) with strands of kevlar and carbonfibre within – a very expensive material when new, but with a short lifespan in terms of use in sailing. This project could potentially breathe new life into old unwanted sails.

Kevlar-Carbon-Sail_web sail_web  IMAG0331_web IMAG0338_web

In search for old sails I visited the local marina shop and sail maker (pictured above)

sail in windowBW_web sail in window

Prototypes showing daylight coming through the sail