Nylon

Nylon

Yarns and fabrics are called Nylon. Brand name of Du Pont, but never copyrighted, therefore used generically for all thermoplastic polyamides.

Pros

  • Very light, elastic - good break load.
  • Good against chafe and flex.
  • Therefore ideal for downwind sails.

Cons

  • Stretch resistance not good enough for upwind sails.
  • UV and moisture reduces its strength.