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Learn How To Sail in the UK - Custom sailboat

Learn How To Sail

Sailing is a fantastic and diverse sport, with activities to suit everyone. The RYA National Sailing Scheme has been designed to help you enjoy whichever aspect of the sport that appeals to you. All the courses in the Scheme can be taken in a dinghy, keelboat or multihull so you can have tuition in whatever type of boat you wish.

Start Sailing Level 1 - getting afloat

An introduction to the sport, covering the minimum knowledge required to get afloat under supervision.

Basic Skills Level 2 - the foundations of the sport

Becoming a competent sailor in light winds

Completion of this course is the basis from which to develop your sailing.

Seamanship Skills - sail independently

How to handle a boat in all circumstances and solve problems afloat.

Day Sailing - go cruising

Passage planning and decision making for small boat cruising

Sailing with Spinnakers - kites course

Everything you need to know to sail modern three-sail boats

Start Racing - go club racing

The start line for enjoying club racing. All you need to know to get round the course

Performance Sailing - get coached and sail better

Improve your boat handling and confidence in performance boats.

Designing a Customer Sail Boat

NorthSails specializes in the building and finishing of aluminium and fibreglass custom built sailing yachts. We also supply aluminium hulls for sailing and motor yachts up to thirty metres length. NorthSails also build and maintain aluminium structures for onshore and offshore equipment.

This market segment requires high quality standards. Our shipbuilders, carpenters and marine engineers have proved time and again that they can deliver the goods.

Discovery and concept development

The first step in any project is to define the functionality and features of the required GRP components, which should be determined during the initial design consultancy service. If you decide to proceed, a more in-depth period of 'discovery' should be undertaken to accurately predict the scope of the project. As a rule of thumb, the more thorough the discovery, the less design compromises need to be made during production.

CAD design and production planning

Step two is converting the discovered concept into a 3D CAD model and a final, detailed, specification from which the rest of the production process can be planned.

Pattern and tool making

The drawings are then turned into a full size, highly finished, 3D model known as the pattern or 'plug' from which, in turn, a hand laid GRP mould or 'tool' is produced. This tool can be a simple, one piece, mould or split into multiple elements to accommodate more complex shapes.

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