Author: Sjaak Haakman

  • I like to buy a used genoa, how do I proceed?

    I like to buy a used genoa, how do I proceed?

    Buying a used genoa can be a great way to save money while still getting a quality sail. Here’s a step-by-step guide on how to proceed: By following these steps, you can successfully purchase a pre-owned genoa and enjoy sailing with your new-to-you sail, while saving money in the process. Resail, there is always a…

  • Sail seeker: Your Guide to Finding a Used Mainsail

    Sail seeker: Your Guide to Finding a Used Mainsail

    Why opt for a pre-owned mainsail? Things to consider when buying a used mainsail:  When you opt to search online be aware that sending full size battens may be expensive, sometimes you are better of sourcing these locally. Good luck finding a sail! Resail, there is always a second life for sails! #Used-Sails #Recycling #Savings…

  • Sailing into savings: A guide to buying used sails

    Sailing into savings: A guide to buying used sails

    Whether you’re a seasoned sailor or just dipping your toes into the world of sailing, used sails can offer fantastic value without compromising on quality. Let’s hoist anchor and set sail on this exploration of second-hand sails! Why choose used sails? What to Look for when buying used sails: Where to find used sails: Conclusion: Choosing…

  • Upcycling, Bags, Bags, Bags or?

    Upcycling, Bags, Bags, Bags or?

    Upcycling of sails has been started by various sailmakers back in the 90’s. The offering usually includes a variety of bags but also deck chairs, lamps and clothing are produced. Some initiatives have been successfully upscaled into supplying very nice products to retailers in the US and EU. Resail® has taken a different approach to upcycling:…

  • Are OLD sails interesting for humanitarian relief shelters?

    Are OLD sails interesting for humanitarian relief shelters?

    With tragic events in Morocco and Turkey in mind, the question has been raised by many sailors whether old sails can be used for relief shelters? Although some initiatives have been tried, like Doyle Sails donate your sails, the answer is: probably not! Relief organisations are in need of large quantities of easy to set up tents…

  • Resail’s marketplace for pre-owned sails

    Resail’s marketplace for pre-owned sails

    The past 12 months Resail received 127 used sails through co-operation with class organisations, acquisitions on Marktplaats (Adevinta) or gifts from supporters. The sails measured from 6m2 being a jib of a one design class to a 250m2 Code-zero from a Volvo Ocean Race 65.; in total 3.140m2 of sailcloth, 80% of it being Dacron…

  • Recycling of sails (update 2023)

    Recycling of sails (update 2023)

    Recent (2023) publications across Europe are very promising. For carbon reinforced sails The University of Bristol (Bristol Composites Institute) has defined a recycling pathway for the recovery of EOL (End of Life) 3Di sails. Carbon Fiber is reclaimed via a superheated steam pressure/ swing process. Full details can be found at: For coated sails (polyester)…