Cruising Sails

Cruising SailsThe Kemp Sails Range of Specifications

We try to offer a consistent level of quailty - with a varying degrees of features and upgrades thereafter, to suit your sailing aspirations and your budget.  If you want something different then please just ask us...



If you want no-nonsense, straightforward cruising sails without all the bells and whistles, our Super Cruise range is the perfect choice.

We incorporate all the features you're ever likely to need for coastal cruising - and, should you take part in the occasional club race, you'll be surprised at the difference a new suit of sails can make.

If you want no-nonsense, straightforward cruising sails without all the bells and whistles, our Super Cruise range is the perfect choice. 

ImageWe incorporate all the features you're ever likely to need for coastal cruising - and, should you take part in the occasional club race, you'll be surprised at the difference a new suit of sails can make.

Although they don't have all the go-faster features and higher-tech fabrics of some of our more expensive sail ranges, the shape built in by our computer-aided-design will ensure first-rate performance.

Combine that with our careful selection of cloth according to the load pattern in the sail - plus our topquality finishing - and you can be sure of efficient, easy-to-use and durable sails at a highly competitive price.

Before your sails are started, of course, we need accurate measurements - because no matter how carefully a sail is cut, it's no good if it doesn't fit the boat. That's why we'll measure your boat when possible. If it isn't, and we're working from figures you've supplied, we'll cross-check them against a sail plan to try and eliminate any possibility of error.

We also ask you to provide us with measurements from your boat, not your old sails. Other important factors include genoa track positions, so we can ensure the correct sheeting angle. In short, we take every care to ensure that your new sails fit, perform and last. Full details of your sails' specification will be shown on your quotation - and the features and extras for each of the sail ranges are as described on the relevant specification sheet.

Here is an outline of what the Super Cruise range includes:

MAINSAILS: Reef points, luff sliders, Loose foot (or rope foot, if requested), leech line, glassfibre battens in velcro closure pockets, telltales at each batten, webbed Head, Clew, & Tack attachments. Separate luff, leech and foot tapes, and sail bag.

GENOAS: Either a pre-stretched luff rope with bronze piston hanks in grommets, or a headfoil luff tape. Cross-cut or radial design depending on specification. Separate leech, luff and foot tapes. webbed Head, Clew, & Tack attachments, telltales and sail bag.

ROLLER GENOAS: Luff tape to suit headfoil. Ultraviolet protective strips in a choice of colours. Soft webbing head and tack tapes. Other features as for standard genoas.

CRUISING CHUTES: Radial Head, Tri-Radial or Full-Radial design. Dacron luff tape, nylon leech and foot tapes (all colour-coded). Hydraulically pressed rings. Triple stitched, anti-snag seams using UV-protected polyester thread. Launching bag.

SPINNAKERS: Radial Head, Tri-Radial, Asymmetric or Star-Cut designs. Colour-coded corners, leech tapes and foot tapes. Head and clew labels. Sail numbers (if required).  Triple stitched, anti-snag seams. Side-launching bag.

Performance Cruise

At Kemp Sails, we realise that just because you cruise, it doesn't mean you've no interest in performance. After all, who enjoys being overtaken? Equally, many cruising sailors also take part in club racing and want sails with a built-in performance edge which will reward their competitive instincts.

That is why we've introduced our Performance Cruising range. When you race - or cruise further afield - you're subjecting your sails to higher loads for longer periods than coastal sailors and this calls for a different approach from the sailmaker. As for the choice of fabrics, much depends on the panel layout. We won't recommend a fabric unless it's the right one for the sail design which we believe is best suited to your boat and proposed use.

Getting the best from your boat also means keeping an eye on sail trim, which is made easier with camber stripes and extra telltales. And to give you maximum scope for shape adjustment according to the wind strength and point of sailing we include, on the mainsails, tapered battens, a luff cunningham, leech line cleats at each reef point and a leech flattener, together with reef spectacles (rings on webbing straps) at the luff for easy attachment to the tack horns. A feature we also recommend is a loose foot, for optimum control of sail shape. 

Performance Cruise Premium

ImageSometimes you have a choice - a more simply-built sail for which a standard Dacron or polyester is perfectly suitable, or a more complex panel layout which calls for specialised materials. In the latter case - particularly where laminated cloths are involved - we recommend our Performance Cruising 'Premium'.

These sails share the same features as our Performance Cruising range, but give you the option of a more sophisticated sail with upgraded fabric, incorporating higher-tenacity yarns for lower stretch and extra shape stability. Plus, on mainsails they include features like metal clew sliders, heavy-duty rings and extra chafe reinforcement and on Genoa's radial corner patching.




Performance Cruisemaster - Upgrades

 As boats increase in size, so do the demands on your sails. We know, because we're equipping an ever-increasing number of long-distance and Blue-Water cruising yachtsmen, whose sails see more use in a year than most do in 10 seasons. With our Performance Cruisemaster upgrades, it's more important than ever to discuss your specific requirements with us, because individual needs vary enormously with different types of rig, boat size and sailing area. 

ImageDespite these variables, we always incorporate certain features in our larger sails for offshore use - like two rows of three-step stitching in UV-resistant thread, extra anti-chafe reinforcement, aluminium leech line cleats, reinforced batten pockets, and hand-sewn luff sliders on mainsails. As with the sails in our Performance Cruising Premium range, there's a choice of fabrics including laminates (woven threads bonded to a Mylar film) and HyBrid Wovens.

With their high strength-to-weight ratios, inherent shape stability and longevity if looked after, these fabrics can offer significant benefits for larger cruising yachts.