Every sail that is serviced by North undergoes a thorough inspection designed to identify maintenance issues early, so they do not become major problems later on. An annual inspection of your inventory will aid significantly in extending sail life and maintaining peak performance.
- Inspect head, tack, clew and reef attachments. Inspect webbing & hardware for chafe and UV damage. Inspect hand stitching.
- Inspect luff tapes and luff attachments.
- Inspect for chafe at external hardware contact points at spreaders, shrouds, stanchions etc.
- Inspect leech line, foot line and attachment system.
- Inspect sail for UV damage and proper furling side (if applicable).
- Inspect batten pocket ends, attachments and fit (if applicable).
- Inspect sail body for condition of cloth, seams, sail numbers, draft stripes and windows. Replace or add telltales (complimentary).
- Flip sail and repeat.
- Inspect miscellaneous gear: Spinnaker Snuffer line and hoop, mainsail external flaking system, headsail vertical battens, UV covers, etc.
- Inspect sailbag draw string, zippers, web straps, and label properly. Then fold and bag sail with complimentary North Sails sail tie.
All repair work, including work on sails made by other sailmakers, is certified to North's exclusive Manufacturing Blue Book standards for construction and materials. The North Manufacturing Blue Book is the most detailed and comprehensive documentation of standards for premium sail construction in the world. It is used by North Sails sail lofts and service facilities worldwide to guarantee consistent product quality.
* Your sails should be inspected and washed at least once per season to ensure maximum sail life. Instead of tumble washing, North soaks sails overnight in a proprietary solution (tough stains are pressure-washed). The result is a cleaner, longer-lasting sail.
* Available at participating lofts
Your local North Sails loft is a lot more than a place to buy and care for your new North sails. We can also help you make the most out of what youve already got. Norths 10-point Sail Inspection identifies small problems before they become big ones. Our sail upgrades can improve sail performance, increase sail life and make your sail handling easier. All North upgrades are performed by experts using quality components and proven installation procedures. You can be confident your upgrade will be done the right way the first time!
Full-battened mainsails hold their shape better, last longer and are much quieter than traditional mainsails with short leech battens. North FullBatten mainsails also feature the all-new and exclusive North batten box (shown) which allows battens to be loaded from the luff end of the pocket. This unique feature means batten pockets can be closed at the leech end. The batten is 100% secure (it cannot escape) and a cleaner leech all but eliminates snagging on runners, lazy jacks or backstays. The North BattenBox also features a numbered tension scale and a sliding cover that can be removed by loosening a single set screw.
Most sailors know how the suns ultra-violet rays can damage sails. If you leave your genoa furled on the forestay between use, a UV foot/leech cover is a must! When furled, the UV cover provides an effective sun screen for your sail and dramatically extends its life expectancy. UV covers are available in a wide variety of colors, including white.
RopeLuff is an ingenious solution to the old challenge of preserving proper shape in your roller furling jib when it is partially furled. A tapered bundle of polypropylene ropes are placed inside a sleeve attached just behind the jibs luff tape, progressively reducing depth in the middle of the sail as it's furled. Compared to foam luff pads, RopeLuff is lighter, does not absorb water, is mildew resistant and is much easier to install. It's a snap to retrofit to your existing roller furling genoa.