North Sails LOFT NEWS

Story Contributors: Mike Stark, Bill Lesnek


What You Need To Know

Are your sails and canvas looking a little dingy? DON’T WORRY! We can fix that! At North Sails Detroit we have many options to bring back life to your dirty sails and canvas. Not only do we offer new UV covers, Mainsail covers, and genoa socks, we also offer sail & canvas wash plus waterproofing for your old canvas. Get your sails looking their best for next spring with these service tips.

Washing can be done year round, however, we recommend the best time to get your sails in for washing is at the end of the season. In terms of frequency, washing your sails does not and should not be done annually. We recommend getting your sails washed every two to three years, or as needed. Dacron sails and canvas benefit the most from this washing process. If your laminated sails are moldy, there are other options besides washing to clean them up. Contact us directly to learn more about this option.

Getting your Dacron sails and canvas washed can remove all of those nasty spider stains, bird droppings, mold and mildew that have accrued over the course of the season. The sails and canvas are submerged for 48 hours in a cleaning solution then gently rinsed and hung to dry. Not only will your sails and canvas look brighter, but it will also expose any rotting stitching, which can be easily detected and addressed by the service team. A good addition to washing your canvas items is getting them waterproofed. Over time, Sunbrella can become porous and let water through getting your nice clean sails dirty. 

For any questions or quotes call our service team at North Sails Detroit or e mail or 

Story Contributors

Service Spotlight: Sailwashing headshot
Mike Stark

Service Sailmaker — Detroit, Michigan

Mike started sailing when he was seven, going through the Learn to Sail Program out of North Cape Yacht Club in Lasalle, MI. He enjoyed it so much, he moved right into fleet racing in the 420. He raced in...

Service Spotlight: Sailwashing headshot
Bill Lesnek

Service Manager — Detroit, Michigan

Detroit Certified Service manager Bill Lesnek has been in sailmaking since 1980 and specializes in canvas and sail repairs. A keen windsurfer, Bill moved into the sailmaking industry after making and repairing his own windsurfing sails for years. He has...

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