HOOD represents the highest quality and best value for your money. Read more below to learn about our customized sailmaking process.
The length of the luff and the foot are just the starting point for the development of information needed to design and build your sail. All the HOOD Sail Experts have years of experience in sailing all types and sizes of boats and will gather all the information needed to build you a HOOD sail.
Design of your sail encompasses two key functions: Science & Art. SCIENCE is the information that goes into the software to generate a 3D image of what the sail will look like, based on the numbers. The ART consists of our sail designer looking at your sail and applying on the ground, well on the boat really, experience to the cold impersonal numbers. Once the designer is satisfied, the sail’s design is sent to the laser for cutting.
HOOD was the first sailmaker to introduce a laser for use in cutting sails. The design software links with the laser software to cut the sail precisely. For woven fabrics, the heat of the laser seals the edges of the fabric.
The aerodynamic shape of your sail is defined by the minute curves cut into the edges
of each panel. Keeping the panels aligned with each other is critical to the sail’s shape. Sticking
the seams together before they are stitched keeps this shape. The stitch is the mechanical feature holding the sail together. HOOD sails are seamed using a stitch pattern called Five Step. This pattern makes 33% more stitches in the seam and also provides insurance in the event of chafe. Seam Sticking and Five Step take longer, but are critical aspects to of the value of HOOD Sails.
Patching is not often considered when purchasing a sail, yet it is very important to the sail’s value. Patches need to be of sufficient thickness and large enough (in area) to distribute the point loading of the corner into the body of the sail. Consequently, patches can get pretty big in both area and thickness. Making patches the correct size to provide long-term durability and performance in your sail takes time and materials.
The layout process starts once your sail is seamed. Layout is when the patching, luff tapes, sun cover, batten pockets, leech lines and numerous other details are installed on the sail. What separates a HOOD sail from others and contributes to its VALUE for you, is the quality of the materials we use, our attention to detail, and the experience of our team.
The final check is where every detail of the sail is confirmed against the original design and signed off. At HOOD, two separate sailmakers will confirm the details to ensure the highest of quality and value for your new sail.