X-Drive - Racing Genoa
X-Drive® is the ideal sail construction process for racing sailors who appreciate a well shaped sail, but who also need to keep control of cost.
Holds Its Shape
X-Drive is a two-part construction system. As the diagram shows, the sail is made from a light weight material cut into cross-cut panels that when put together with broad seaming to achieve the 3-D shape created by the sail designer. Next the sail is reinforced with a grid of narrow high-strength, low-stretch tapes that are bonded to the sail up to 11 at a time in an 8 inch (20 cm) wide path.
UK Sailmakers’ X-Drive construction system uses continuous high-strength low-stretch yarns to support the sail’s flying shape. Hundreds of closely-spaced yarns are bonded to the sail’s surface for maximum strength and shape-holding. UK Sailmakers’ innovative tape laying machine allows up to 11 narrow, single-yarn tapes to be applied in a single pass.
The cost of the sail is also controlled because the sail surface can be made out of a less expensive, lightweight laminated material, whose only job is to give the sail its 3-D shape. All the sail‘s strength comes from the dense grid of continuous high-strength yarns that are bonded to the sail’s surface. Since the yarns run across the shaping seams, the seams are locked in place and cannot distort. Due to the dense coverage of fibers, the sail is completely supported, which results in a smooth sail without distortion.