PRO-2 Purjeiden pesu
RED GULL – PRO-2 Purjeiden Pesu
(To be translated 16.11.2017) I would like to introduce our procedures for the maintenance and cleaning of sails. I would like to show you there leads more than one road to Rome. One possibility is to treat the sails for the first time after many years of use. Better and contrary to some prejudices, you can have a sail cleaning with us, after 2-3 years of use, for the first time, without worsening the sails actual condition (earlier is in emergency cases possible also).
We take into account that a sail is so-called technical fabric. Whether it is a Dacron, a laminated or a hybrid sail. All 3 have in common they do not like to be kinked. This is the most important thing to consider when thinking of a sail cleaning. Large wash drums, brushes, etc. are no goes! Tumbling and brush scrapers affect the sails, the fittings, the seams or even all three of them. This can happen so strongly, that your former solid sail with good woven structure and a healthy fabric tension turns into a wobbly cotton like old rag.
That’s why we started, here in Finland in 2007, a new process in sail cleaning. The process in it’s total is called RED GULL PRO-2 Sail Regeneration. Strictly speaking, this is not just a sail cleaning or a sail wash, but a procedure to improve a sails fabric, the shape, the structural tension and the protection. Which makes it a bit more than just wash or sail cleaning.
In our process, the sail cleaning, never mind whether Dacron or laminated sails, consists of several phases. First, the sail goes through different steps in which we clean it. In static chemical baths, the dirt is dissolved, which is then only rinsed of. Depending on the pollutions, several additional steps may be necessary, the removal of some stronger molds/mildew contamination, or e.g. the treatment of pollutions that cannot be worked with non water-soluble chemicals. At the end of the cleaning process, the sail is only left to be rinsed with clear water, to be ready for further steps.
If so ordered, the sail will enter the processing steps which lead to the optimization of the sail. Since it is a revival of former properties in woven sails, we have called this product in 2007 the Sail Regeneration. This technique works only with woven sails, ie Dacron sails. In the case of laminates, such tissue corrections are not feasible since a laminated sail is glued together around a centre layer of film. Thus such corrections are not even necessary on a laminated sail. The further descriptions of the procedures can be found on the pages of the PRO-2 Sail Regeneration ® or the PRO-2 Laminate Sails conditioning.
Since 2007, we have handled here in Finland several thousand sails or differently said several 100,000nds of m2 of Dacron sail area successfully, following our procedures. We have won loyal and recurring customers from various countries with all conceivable ship sizes in various yacht owner circles as for example of X-Yachts, Finngulfs, Baltics, Nautor Swans.
Continue to Dacron Sail treatments: RED GULL PRO-2 Sail Regeneration®
Continue to Laminate Sail treatments: RED GULL PRO-2 Laminate Sails Conditioning
RED GULL PRO-2 Sail Regeneration® for classic sails
We also process classic sails according to our procedures, here 300 m2 Duradon, a special classic cloth from England, from British Millerain Co. Ltd, which came aboard the “Nordische Jagt Grönland” (Old German expression for “Nordic Yacht”). The “Grönland” is Germany’s oldest sailing ship and would probably be our state yacht if we had such a thing!
The “Grönland” started off, with her freshly regenerated sails during winter of 2016-2017, for the 150th anniversary of the 2nd Bremen Lake City Festival “Bremerhaven Landgang” from 24th to 25th May 2017. The work on the sails was carried out in cooperation with one of our partners in Bremen: The chemical work was carried out here in Finland, the sail repairs were done locally in Bremen.
To successfully carry out such a home town project, is a fantastic experience for a Bremen native, of course: Everything in best “Bremer” hands (as we say in German)!