Friday, May 17, 2013
Hyde Sails has announced the launch of its new Hyde Membrane System (H-ms), a new product that takes membrane sails to the next level.
Hyde Sails has always prided itself on leading the way in sail development, and over the past few years Hyde’s technical team has been developing its brand-new range of membrane sails. This isn’t just another membrane option for sailors, Hyde’s Membrane System takes membrane sails to the next level.
The Hyde Membrane System only uses fibre reinforcement where it is required and not where it isn’t! This keeps weight to an absolute minimum without compromising the performance and durability of the sail.
Because weight has been kept to a minimum, it also means that some or all of the weight savings made where reinforcement is not needed can be used to add extra reinforcement to the high-load path areas of the sail.
With systems that shape first and cure later, precise shape reproduction, especially in smaller sails, is almost impossible. However, Hms one-design laminates are fully cured prior to shaping ensuring accurate reproduction of the computer generated mould shape.
The fibre reinforcement added to the membrane is also a continuous directional filament, which accurately follows the load path lines of the sail. Zero-crimped yarns are a must to ensure consistent translation of the design. The fibres On Hyde’s Membrane System go down into the laminate structure flat and do not wobble along the fibre pass direction as they do with some laminate systems.
As with conventional sails, different usages require different materials, and with membrane sails the right mix of membrane and fibre reinforcement can be adjusted depending on the sail’s requirements and usage, from Carbon Technora, through to Aramid fibres and taffeta reinforcement - it really depends what your priorities are regarding weight and longevity.
To find out more about Hyde’s Membrane System and the different fibre combinations see Hyde-Membrane-System
or contact your local Hyde agent, -Hyde Sails contact
or call 02030 090 447.
Hyde sails is one of the largest volume sail producers worldwide. Backed up by 45 years of expertise, Hyde has consistently placed itself at the forefront of sail technology, design and production for everything from Optimists to ocean racing yachts. See www.hydesails.com for details.