SAIL MAKING FOR MODEL YACHTS
(last edited 18/06/2015)
I have rearranged
the information into separate web pages. The one page was getting too
large was slow to load and difficult then to navigate. Hopefully by
dividing the information into separate areas navigation will be easier.
Included now is a much improved spreadsheet for defining your
sail seams and calculating the lift needed on your building board. See in
the 'Set the Seam Curvature page for more information
There are many
resources which offer all sorts of assistance to the beginner model sail maker.
I have used as many as I could find including the following and would like to
share some of my findings. I'm sure some will find fault with my ideas and
I am only too happy to receive feedback. E-mail me on
Lester Gilbert's one metre site
book on 'How To' make sails advertised in
Radio Yacht Supplies Australia;
Radio Sailing Shop
specifically for models this program the 'SailCut
CAD' program allows plotting of panels etc for sails. Its discussions
and examples are very useful. This is a free download but does require
some computer knowledge to set up
article by Paul Bogataj on "How
do sails work" - essential reading!
In all of this
literature there appears to be two common themes
1. To achieve a truly
efficient sail it must be constructed with separate panels with built in shape
2. Some means has to
be used to hold the edges of the panels to the correct shape while joining them.