3Di Outlasts The Adventure

Francois Gabart and his 30-meter trimaran Macif broke the solo around-the-world speed record in December 2017 with a 3Di mainsail that had 45,000 miles BEFORE the start of his record run. 3Di powered all three around-the-world speeds records currently held.

3-NS_3DiFacts_4.18.1814

No Film. No Delamination.

3Di is composite technology, not a sail laminate. All other sailmakers use laminates of which Mylar film is an integral component. Moisture, sunlight, and fatigue degrade both the adhesives used with the film, and the Mylar itself. These cause delamination and film failure over time.

3-NS_3DiFacts_4.18.1815

Another Dimension

North Sails created 3D technology and is the only sailmaker to utilize full-sized molds. 3Di uses reconfigurable molds that are set to the sail’s intended flying shape.

3-NS_3DiFacts_4.18.1816

Made By Robots (mostly)

The only sewing on a 3Di sail is for attaching details such as corner reinforcements and clew straps.  

The majority of the 3Di process is automated and run by computers.

3-NS_3DiFacts_4.18.1817

Unique To You

North Sails has four versions of 3Di to suit different sailing styles and budgets.

3-NS_3DiFacts_4.18.1818

It Has To Be North

3Di is a patented sail technology that is exclusive to North Sails. There are many “black” and “gray” sails on the market, but they are actually Mylar based string sails hidden underneath a cover layer giving them the superficial appearance of 3Di without the performance.

00-StoryBottomLinkNS-Waterlog_Gustave_5.29.184

Related

01-LEAD-Sailing-upwind.-300-dpi

Cruising: Australia’s Rugged Southern Coast

After a hard 33-day crossing in the Roaring Forties from Cape Town, South Africa, Jeannie, my wife and shipmate of over four decades, and I arrived to kiss the dock in Albany, a small but well-serviced Victorian town on Australia’s southwestern coast. We were glad the trip was ...read more

ETNZ_14_5687-2048x2048

BREAKING: A Kiwi Spy in the America’s Cup?

Emirates Team New Zealand announced this morning that security breaches have resulted in leaked information and defamatory accusations against their 2021 America's Cup campaign. The campaign has suspected a leak for six months, sweeping their base for bugs and testing firewalls ...read more

02a-Italia-11.98_fTaccola©_FAT8534

New Boats: One Hull or Two?

Even in the increasingly crowded world of exotic multihull performance-cruisers, the McConaghy line of catamarans stands out with its emphasis on quality construction, style and performance. The newest member of the line, the McConaghy 60, has been on our radar for some time now, ...read more