X-Drive® is the ideal sail construction process for cruising sailors who appreciate a well shaped sail, but who also need to keep control of cost.
Holds Its Shape
UK Sailmakers’ X-Drive construction system uses continuous high-strength low-stretch yarns to support the sail’s flying shape. Hundreds of closely-spaced yarns are bonded to the sail’s surface for maximum strength and shape-holding. UK Sailmakers’ innovative tape laying machine allows up to 11 narrow single-yarn tapes to be applied at once in a 20 cm wide path. With so many tapes running across the sail, the sail has incredible strength and stretch resistance.
The cost of the sail is also controlled because the sail surface can be made out of an inexpensive, lightweight laminated material, whose only job is to give the sail its 3-D shape. All the sail‘s strength comes from the dense grid of continuous high-strength yarns that are bonded to the sail‘s surface. Since the yarns run across the shaping seams, the seams are locked in place and cannot distort. Due to the dense coverage of fibers, the sail is completely supported, which results in a smooth sail without distortion.