Cruising : the secrets of making headsails

Headsails for cruising: genoa, jib…

The details that go into cruising headsails are designed to facilitate manoeuvres and protect your sails and equipment.

Fabrication Foc croisière point d'amure


With webbing built in to keep the foot of the sail as close to the deck as possible (deck effect), the tack radiates out but not too much in order to facilitate furling.

The webbing along the foot prevents tearing and displacement aft of the primary webbing.



Fabrication Foc croisière palan d'écoute

Leech lines


Leech lines come with a purchase system for ease of adjustment. 

The system (block and cleat) is hidden away in a Velcro pocket for a clean finish. 











Fabrication Foc croisière point d'écoute

Protection and forward-thinking

From 35 – 40 feet upwards, clew attachment points are textile. This minimises the risk of damage to your mast and standing rigging during manoeuvres.

Cleats, which are aluminium on this size of boat, are sewn on and protected by pockets for the same reasons.

Your foredeck crew will thank us….


Fabrication foc croisière point de drisse


Hanked sails are fitted with plastic protection to prevent oxidation of the eyelets from passing into the sail via capillary action.

Beneath each eyelet, there is a double layer of Dacron to prevent slipping. 




Fabrication foc croisière oeillet sanglé

The luff bolt rope is integrated into the sail to counter the horizontal load of the hanks, and prevents the eyelets from slipping. 


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