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Neil Pryde Sails International1681 Barnum AvenueStratford, CT firstname.lastname@example.orgSCHOOL AND CLUB SAILS GUIDE AND CHECKLIST:WHAT TO LOOK FOR WITH NEW SAILS AND OFF SEASON MAINTENCE OVERVIEWNew Sails:Club and School sails need to be cost effective in two ways: a.) Initial purchase price and b.) Long-term working life. Achieve the first component by purchasing in quantity, during the off-season (winter) with spring delivery, look for standardization of the sails and work with a sailmaker that has a program in place for clubs and schools. Working life is a by-product of several key components such as cloth weight and construction, finishing details, and construction features. Below is a key component checklist.Fabric Weight: Cloth weight is like blue jeans…the thicker it is, the longer it will last. However, too much of a good thing won’t work. Generally, racing dinghy sails are built in a 3.80-4.0oz product. We have found that the best weight for club sail usability and long term strength to be in the 6.0oz rangeFabric Construction: Commonly, there are unbalanced and balanced constructions in woven sailcloth. The former is ideal for racing sails. However, balanced goods (same or close to same size yarn in both woven directions) makes for a more durable (better tear resistance) and U.V. stable product and hence better for club/school applicationsFinishing Details: Heavier than standard thread size(V-92). Two rows of stitching. Large rings and grommetsConstruction Features: Larger than standard corner reinforcements. Aggressively patched batten pockets. Extra heavy tapes or double tabled edges Often a smaller ‘mini’ mainsail or by adding a reef point to your mainsails that are used by first time student will reduce cost and makes the boat easier/safer to handle for first-timersSmall details: Larger sail numbers; often color-coded.Club or school affiliation ‘insignia’Ability to produce sails with text, phone numbers or graphics.Additional build spec’s for particular sails: as an example, making sure that the top of the luff sock on Sabot’s are encased in heavy vinyl to prevent chafe when young members drag the mast tip on the dock…or other that is specific to your boats and useSail bags with mesh bottoms or sides to help ventilate during storageMaintenance Issues: Sail Cleaning: This keeps up the appearance of the sails and in salt-water environments cleaning is important as salt can work to wear the sails. Sails can be cleaned on site: fresh water, detergent and a scrub brush will do wonders. Allow the sails to dry before storing. Commercial companies are available and if you choose to use one, be sure the sails are cleaned my hand and NOT by machine.Checkups: The most common repairs involve batten pockets. Look for wear at both inboard and outboard ends.Solutions include initial aggressive overbuilding of the pockets and in some cases clubs elect to make there ‘trainer’ mainsails battenless: knowing in advance that these sails will get miss-used at a higher rate than others…and they choose to forgo this maintenance issue of battens AND at the same time have a smaller mainsail as result which is also a good thing for training. Always look for areas of chafe…and make note for future sails. As an example, our 420 sails have smallchafe patch along the foot of the mainsail where the spinnaker pole comes in contact with it.Windows: Vinyl windows can age-harden and also be affected by cold weather. Easily replaced, butalways a good idea to keep an eye on them.