Mildew Prevention

I cruise in Florida and the Bahamas. I am quite worried about mildew problems. Losing a sail to mildew (I would replace it if the stains wouldn’t come out) after a year would be totally unacceptable to me, no matter what the performance compromise I needed to make. Should I stick to Dacron and stay away from all laminated products? Norman Freedman Sabre 452

Hi Norman, While sailmakers have made progress in the treatment of sailcloth to prevent mildew, we can’t say that we have completely licked the problem. Dacron products are still the safest alternative for sailors like you who place a high priority on avoiding the hassels of dealing with sail mildew, and who live in areas where sails are particularly prone to mildew, like Florida. Regards, Dan Neri

Posted by admin  (November 30, 1999)

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