UK Sailmakers New York

175 City Island Ave.
City Island, NY 10464
Tel: 718-885-1700

Welcome to UK Sailmakers New York -- the original home of UK Sailmakers. The loft was founded by Charles and Charlotte Ulmer in 1946 as Ulmer Sails; their son Charles (Butch) Ulmer has operated the loft since 1970. This loft is a true family business with extensive ties to the Long Island Sound community.


Whether you use your boat for cruising, day sailing, or racing -- on the Sound or across oceans, our staff will help you get great sails and service. We have decades of experience making sturdy Dacron cruising sails as well as performance cruising and high-tech racing Uni-Titanium sails.       

The Sydney 43 CHRISTOPHER DRAGON won her division at Key West Race Week 2016 with eight firsts and a second sailing with a full inventory of Uni-Titanium upwind sails.

For repairs, our service department prides itself in getting sails and Canvas fixed the same week that you bring them during the summer months. We don’t want you losing precious weekends on the water. 

For cruising sailors looking for durability and performance, nothing beats UK Sailmakers' Tape-Drive sails made with a Spectra laminate and carbon fiber tapes. Shown above is the Contest 44 CELERITAS.

Loft History

The City Island loft is the largest loft in in the New York metropolitan area and is equipped to handle any of your sailmaking needs. Besides new sails, the loft repairs, cleans and stores a few thousand sails. Each Fall and Winter and make arrangements to pick up and deliver sails throughout the greater New York City area.

Directions to UK Sailmakers City Island


A. Take I-95 south to exit 14 marked, Hutchinson River Parkway South. Take the first exit marked City Island/Orchard Beach. Follow the signs to City Island. 

B. Take the Hutchinson River Parkway south to the City Island/Orchard Beach exit, which is about one mile past the last Pelham exit. Follow the signs to City Island.


A. From the Throgs Neck Bridge, George Washington Bridge, Cross Bronx Expressway or the Bruckner Expressway take exit 8B off the New England Thruway marked City Island/Orchard Beach. Go straight at the end of the exit ramp and follow the signs to City Island. 

B. From the Hutchinson River Parkway headed North, take the Pelham Parkway East exit. Follow signs to Pelham Parkway East. After crossing the drawbridge, go right at the first light and then follow the signs to City Island. After crossing the bridge onto City Island, you'll find the loft on the right, one mile down City Island Ave., one block after third traffic light. 

Business Hours:

Weekdays 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m
Saturday 8:30 a.m. to Noon 


Butch Ulmer
Conny Baris
Kevin Crouchley
Adam Loory

Contact Information:

175 City Island Ave.
City Island, NY 10464
Tel: 718-885-1700

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