Now you can get the perfect balance between performance, durability, longevity and price for your miles, with cruising sails from Doyle.
From its inception, Doyle Sails has been committed to making sailing more enjoyable and satisfying for its customers. Our commitment to the cruising sailor has been to make sailing easier and increase the performance of their boats.
Doyle offers a range of strong, durable cruising sails, designed to suit the requirements and budget of every owner. Learn more about our Stratis GPC Cruising range here. The Doyle team are committed to finding a solution for every customer, no matter what their budget or requirements.
Complementing our sail range, we also offer a number of unique handling systems.
There are two main material options for upwind cruising sails:
Dacron offers low cost with long-term durability.
Cruise Laminate Mylar
CL Mylar offers improved performance over a Dacron sail, but without compromising longevity.
APC Cruising Gennaker
The APC Cruising Gennaker is an easy to trim asymmetrical spinnaker that offers more horsepower and performance in light airs and downwind conditions.
Cruising/Furling Code Zero
The Cruising/Furling Code Zero is a reaching sail that fills the gap between a genoa and a spinnaker, designed to improve performance in reaching conditions.
For convenience, the Doyle StackPack has become the standard for effortless mainsail storage. When combined with Lazy Jack lines the sail will simply fall into the cradle, reducing time and effort required to tidy up after sailing.
Leisurefurl Booms, made by KZ Marine, offer ultimate ease of handling without compromising sail shape or performance.
Genoa Furling Systems
A genoa furling system makes your sails easier to handle. There are various options available, depending on requirements and budget.
ATN Spinnaker Sleeve
An ATN Spinnaker Sleeve helps tame your cruising gennaker, making it a lot easier to handle. Ideal for boats with small or inexperienced crew.
Code Zero Furling Units
A furling unit means that using a Code Zero is as simple as hauling on the sheet to deploy the sail, then pulling on the furling line to furl it away when finished.
Fully Battened Mainsails
Fully battened mainsails are an excellent choice for cruising sails, as they help prolong the life of the sail through reduced flogging when raising, lowering and tacking the sail. They also offer extra support, meaning your sail will hold its designed shape a lot longer.
Something to consider is that it is important to use good quality hardware at the luff end of the battens. Spending a little extra here will help to avoid any problems with jamming when you are raising or lowering the sail.
When combined with a Doyle StackPack, a Fully Battened Mainsail becomes a breeze to handle – even when sailing short handed.
In-Boom Furling Units are becoming more and more popular on mid-size and larger cruising yachts, where they offer the opportunity to have a fully automated furling system without compromising the sail area or performance of the Mainsail. This is because we can build a sail with full-length battens and the same roach profile as we would on a standard Mainsail.
In-Mast Furling Units in New Zealand are usually found on older cruising boats but still a very popular choice for the off-shore market. They offer a very convenient way to furl the sail and offer a user friendly shorthanded solution to the cruising sailor.
Traditionally the inmast furling Mainsail was viewed as an inefficient sail for windward performance but with the solution of vertical or Doyle patented swing battens performance is greatly improved.
Cruising Sails – Genoas
Genoas in a cruising inventory usually comprise of one, or a combination of, the following sails; Roller Furling Genoa, Yankee and Staysail.
Our sails come complete with all of the standard features you would expect with a new sail, such as sail bag, adjustable leech line and tell tales etc. In addition, all of our Furling sails come with a UV Suncover along the leech and foot, as well as a rope luff to help flatten the sail when partially reefed.
On most boats we usually recommend a Furling Genoa should be approx 135% overlap, or about the size of a standard #2 Genoa. We have found through years of experience anything bigger than this becomes quite inefficient once you start reefing the sail down. If you also plan on doing some racing with the boat and think you will need a bigger sail, then it is advisable to have a dedicated 150% #1 Genoa which you can then save only for racing. This means you don't wear out your #1 Genoa by using it all the time for Cruising and vice-versa with your Furling Genoa.
This is a sail with a very high cut clew, usually sized at around 100% - 110% overlap.The high clew means the sail can fly away from the boat when eased sheets, so it is an excellent sail for Reaching and is therefore most commonly used as an offshore sail. Due to the height of the clew, we bring the leech line over the head of the sail and down the luff to make it adjustable at the tack.
A Staysail is usually only seen on boats larger than about 45 feet in length. This is because you need to have a large enough slot between the mast and the primary forestay to accommodate the intermediate forestay. If this gap is too small and you try flying a Staysail in between the Main and Primary Headsail, then you won't get an efficient slot effect between the sails and may actually harm your performance.
However, if that slot is big enough, then a Staysail can be very beneficial to the boat speed.
A Staysail will work particularly well when flown inside a Yankee, as it will fill the gap very nicely and create another slot between the sails.
APC (Asymmetric Power Cruiser)
Downwind sailing has never been easier or more fun! The Doyle APC has opened up a whole new realm of simple, fun-filled sailing with an easy to set and fly asymmetrical spinnaker. Dousing it is easy and trouble free with the ATN Spinnaker Sleeve.
The APC is designed specifically for the cruising sailor. It is slightly smaller in overall dimensions than the racing APR 90, but has the same attributes. The even entry allows easier trimming and stabilizes the sail. A flatter leech creates less backwind for better reaching. The longer luff gives the sail more drawing power, and gets more area out in front of the mainsail. This is very effective in the 100-130 degree apparent wind angles. The shorter leech allows the sail to be more easily trimmed on all points of sail. The APC is a stable, powerful sail that will improve your offwind performance. Its unique geometry, combined with an aerodynamic cross sectional shape, allows the sail to fly out away from the boat in undisturbed air. This applies more force on the boat and increases your downwind capability.
The ATN Spinnaker Sleeve
The ATN Spinnaker Sleeve is carefully designed to ensure it does not foul the spinnaker when setting or dousing the sail. The control lines run in their own pockets separate from the sail itself, and consequently cannot get tangled. The sock is made from a loosely woven "slippery" material for friction free usage.
UPS (Utility Power Sail)
This sail is the link between headsails and spinnakers, with a wider usable wind range than either. It sets and furls on its own luff rope and furler. It cannot collapse like a Spinnaker. Effective wind range 33-180 degrees AWA. Triangles make very inefficient airfoils. Elliptical shapes reduce the energy robbing tip vortices. This is why aeroplane wings, propellers and even keels are always elliptical rather than triangular in form. It is also why high roach mains are so much more efficient than mains with little or no roach. The same is true for headsails. As a result, the racing rules limit or prohibit it.
When sailing hard on the wind the jib and main work almost as one, and thus the combined elliptical profile determines the aerodynamic efficiency. When eased off, or reaching, the sails act more independently and the geometry of each is critical to performance. The sail designers at Doyle have developed shaping techniques that support critical roach area in headsails without the need for battens so you can enjoy the efficiency of an elliptical form and have a sail that can be easily furled! Thus, not only does the Doyle UPS provide more area for light air and for off the wind sailing it provides much greater efficiency!
All Purpose Full Radial Spinnaker
The All Purpose Full Radial Spinnaker is designed to be used at 80 - 140 degrees AWA and up to 15 knots AWS. This sail is designed to be the work horse of any inventory and covers a large range. It has fuller girths and is designed to lift and fly away from the boat. The top 10% of the sail being flatter allows the spinnaker to set away from the rig before the body of the sail curves down. The result is a sail that flies out to windward, away from the disturbed air of the mainsail and rig, in clear air flow.