Sailing Fabrics - Your Guide

By Matt Claiborne

What are Sails Made Out Of?

4 Basic Choices of Fabric

- Natural fibers - Synthetic modern fabric - Lightweight fabrics - High-tech composite fabrics 

Natural Fibers

Natural fibers such as cotton are very rare to find now.

Synthetic Modern Fabrics

Fabric like polyester fiber Dacron, the most common sail material.

Lightweight Fabrics

An example is nylon, which is used for spinnakers and downwind sails.

High-Tech composite Fabrics

Also  called laminates, which are used on racing sailboats

Nearly all sails are made of Dacron, a polyester fabric that's long-living and resistant to water, UV damage, and rot.