Offshore Yachting : Offshore Yachting Aug-Sep 2015
SAIL ART 073 PAULSTUBBS/STRATISSAILARTTECHNOLOGY I t appears Doyle has revolutionised ‘sail art’ for the ocean racing and sailing superyacht set seeking to brand their yacht in unmistakable style, whether a fashion statement or for that all-important sponsor signage. The Auckland-based Doyle Stratis loft terms this new product Stratis Sail Art, which allows photo quality printing on sails for the first time. The New Zealand production facility has pioneered custom printing on Stratis membranes before the sails are laminated, resulting in the most-detailed sail art to date, which is protected from the elements embedded within the sail membrane. Comar Yachts’ Shadow is the first boat to have been fitted with Stratis Sail Art sails. The 100-foot superyacht, launched in 2011, was fitted with membranes made by Doyle Stratis in New Zealand, complete with a photo- quality octopus print, and was finished by the Doyle Sails loft Palma team in the Mediterranean. Moving away from the traditional technique of painting images or sponsor logos directly onto completed sailcloth, Doyle Sails New Zealand’s team printed onto the Stratis sail membrane surfaces during the sailmaking process to create two octopi stretching down each sail on each side. That printing process meant fine details and subtle nuances were transferred to the sail with extreme accuracy, making for the most detailed sail art seen to date. The mosaic-like print of an octopus has layers of colour, shapes and overlaid details, which bring the two octopi to life as the sail fills. Despite the layers of detail, Doyle Sails says the end result is noticeably lighter than the sail would have been if the image was created using the traditional approach of layering paint by hand; a process that can add 10 to 15 kilograms to a typical mainsail. As all racing sailors know, weight aloft affects the righting moment, the heeling, effective waterline and performance of a yacht when underway, and as such designers always seek to minimise weight aloft in sails and rigging. That lightness is something Doyle Stratis is known for. Forming the base for Stratis Sail Art, the high-tech sail fibre has a reputation for resistance to flex fatigue and high performance. The unique Stratis Sail Art process doesn’t compromise the sails’ integrity, compared with the traditional paint process, which can result in brittle sail membranes. Full photo images can be translated to the sails – drastically increasing the appeal of sails as a billboard to sponsors – with a high definition finish that’s as effective close up as it is from a distance. “Stratis Sail Art is the next generation in sail art,” says Doyle Sails New Zealand managing director, Chris McMaster. “It adds negligible weight to the end product, while maintaining the integrity of the sail and performance Stratis is known for.” www.doylesails.co.nz www.doyleaustralia.com SAIL ART Clockwise from top: Comar Yachts’ 100-foot Shadow is the first boat to have been fitted with Stratis Sail Art sails; Production of the sails for Shadow at the Doyle Sails New Zealand factory; Beau Geste has also recently commissioned stunning sail art.
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