The importance of protecting your sails from UV

 It is important to protect sails from the sun. We do this by either taking them down and stowing them below decks or by covering them.

Headsails on furlers are often protected by UV strips (otherwise known as sacrificial strips, leech strips etc). This cover doesn’t often get checked until it is very noticeably damaged, which can lead to the damage of the sail it is supposed to protect.

To prevent this check the UV strip for the following:
– holes of any kind (holes caused by rubbing or catching may need extra help in preventing a re-occurrence)
– missing stitching, stitching often gets destroyed by the sun before the strips needs replacement
– severe discolouration of the cloth can be a sign of it approaching the end of its life
– you can tear it easily with your fingers
– discolouration of the sailcloth it is protecting

It is often easier and cheaper to repair/replace the UV strip than it is to replace the entire sail.

Should you buy a sail from Ryan Sails?

An unsolicited endorsement about buying Ryan Sails, from 2004.

Peter McDonald, owner skipper of Melbourne Classic Yacht, ‘Pastime II’ penned this unsolicited endorsement about his experience over 3 decades, buying Ryan Sails. He talks about the workmanship and sail quality, of his sails purchased more than 10 years ago. Today, he sent in this image of ‘Pastime II’ his pristine 43 ft classic timber ex metre boat, now sloop rigged, heading for line honours in the Melbourne Classic Passage Race.

Buying Ryan Sails

Pastime II, heading to another classic racing line honours victory with 10 year old Ryan Sails, as we say…we are still going strong after 40 years… and so will your Ryan Sails.

The following letter, from Peter McDonald, refers to sails on the yacht that are now approaching 15 years old, previously the sail suite on Pastime II, lasted for more than 20 years. Ryan Sails, have endured the radical changes to the Australian Sail making industry, and have resisted any moves to become a part of international lofts.

It is this type of customer loyalty that we have worked hard to achieve, with our workmanship and quality speaking for itself.

Buying Ryan Sails

The letter from Peter McDonald, skipper of Pastime II, from Hobsons Bay Yacht Club.

If you would like to gain further information about our long life cruising and racing sails contact David.

Phone 03 5977 4988

Mobile 0412 938 869

Fax 03 5976 1211




New corporate identity for Melbourne Sailmaker

Ryan Sails is a highly qualified Sailmaker, with more than 40 years continuous service. The loft incorporates, Sail Design, Sailmaking and Sail Repair services. Ryan Sails is located within the Yaringa Marina Precinct, on the shores of Western Port Bay, in the Melbourne suburb of Somerville, Victoria, Australia.

The new management and corporate identity continues to reflects Ryan Sails position at the forefront of Melbourne Sail-making.

Address and contact details:

Factory 10, No. 3 Lumeah Road, Somerville Victoria 3912

Contact: Phyllida Rixon

Phone: 03 5977 4988

Mobile: 0412 938 869

Fax: 03 5976 1211


Ryan Cruisng Sails

Ryan Sails recently designed and constructed a set of 4 furling sails for this 44 ft ketch.

Ryan cruising sails

Ryan Cruising sails, 4 sail reaching, towards Schouten Passage Tasmania

The brief was to assist in the design of new rigging with external, low maintenance roller furlers on both the mizzen and main masts. The head sail and stay sail were also set up with REEFURL furlers for simplicity.

The vessel, crossing Bass Strait in thick fog, returning from the Wooden Boat Festival in Tasmania.

cruising sails by david ryan

Crossing Bass Strait with her new Ryan Cruising Sails.

The owner and his wife, cruise as a couple without crew and are extremely happy with the new sail plan and the safety and simplicity afforded by the four furling sails all controlled from the wheelhouse and centre cockpit.

If you would like to gain further information about our bullet proof cruising sails contact Phyllida.

Phone:     03 5977 4988

Mobile:     0412 938 869

Fax:          03 5976 1211





Ryan Sails launch new website

David Ryan, founder and master sailmaker at Ryan Sails is proud to launch his new website. After nearly 40 years in business in Melbourne sailmaking, with stints interstate and overseas, David is excited to be offering his renowned cruising sails to yachtsmen and women both locally and overseas.

With decades of experience in racing, one design and dinghy class sails, David can also help you gain that competitive edge.

According to David, “Our long term repeat customers are our best sales people. many of our customers have grown their sailing experience with Ryan Sails, with many progressing through dinghies then keel boats and now approaching retirement looking toward many more years of coastal and blue water cruising. it has been a pleasure to have gained the respect and trust of these long term and experienced yachtsmen…they are more than customers they have become life long friends”.

If you would like to know more about Ryan Sails or arrange an appointment regarding sails for your yacht contact

or call David Ryan on 0412 938 869

Westernport ketch Amazing Grace 4 sail reaching down the east coast of Tasmania, with her new set of roller furling Ryan Cruising sails.

Westernport ketch Amazing Grace 4 sail reaching down the east coast of Tasmania, with her new set of roller furling Ryan Cruising sails.