Sailcloth Definitions

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Are you confused by sailing terminology? If you are new to the sailing world it can almost be like learning a different language! There are so many terms about sails and sailcloth. If you would like to learn about sailcloth terms and definitions then you’re in luck! We’ve put together this short list of common sail terms that you’ve probably heard on the marina or in the sail loft when your sailmaker is talking about your sails.

This is just a quick list to get you started in the world of sailing and sailing terminology. Having a little knowledge about what your sailmaker or fellow sailors are talking about will help you navigate the world of sailing and bring you in the loop on conversations. Download our one-page glossary by clicking the green button below and get started learning all about common sail terms and definitions.

Sailrite is your sailing authority. In fact, our roots are in sailing from when we began the company in 1969 by selling sailmaking correspondence courses and sail kits. From these humble beginnings, we’ve grown into a one-stop online retailer for all things sailing and marine.

If you are interested in sewing your own sails or doing your own boat canvaswork, look no further. We have everything you need to sew for your boat. Sailrite Sail Kits are easy and come with everything you need — except a sewing machine — to sew your own sails. And if you’re looking to sew a dodger or bimini, we have complete skin and frame kits for both. Our how-to videos will walk you through the sewing assembly process step by step so you can save money by doing it yourself. You’ll also gain confidence and pride by showing off how self-reliant you are by learning how to sew your own sails, bimini, boat upholstery and more!