Banks Sails, with its Membrane proprietary
technology and trademark, is the rising
company of European sailmaiking.
Numerous World, European and National
titles won and the increasing number
of the prestigious cruising yachts equipped
with Membrane sails are the signs of
a successful looking forward company
that is innovative, creative and focused
towards the european market: a European
product for the European market."
MEMBRANE is not only a specific material
made by our innovative and exclusive
technologies but is a different approach
to the boulding process of a sail with
no dimensionale limits: MEMBRANE is
ART, SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY and CRAFTSMANSHIP.
In the Banks Sails lamination facility
of Bari (Italy), one of the largest
in Europe, we produce up to30m x 6m
light and strong advanced sail panels.
Combinations of the best raw materials
merge into our sails, laminated in flat,
joined by bi-components adhesives and
then subjected to high pressures to
obtain a unique result and great performances.
An accurate sail design is the first
step of the MEMBRANE integrated Banks
Sails proprietary system.
Banks Sails software has been created
exclusively for our designer's needs
and requirements. Our central design
centre is located in Bari – Italy.
In the 3D modeling software our designer
is able to re-produce the rig, hull
and the deck plan of the yacht, to calculate
the exact flying shape and dimensions
The CFD unit of the software enables
us to find the optimum lift to drag
ratio of the undeformed sail.
3D Fiber Layout
Futuristic structures in continuous
evolution follow the natural load and
In the sail every single line, every
curve satisfies specific structural
needs, both esthetical and functional.
Our Finite Element Software (FEA) calculates
the deformed sail shape with wind and
rig loads applied. Then CFD analysis
calculates lift to drag ratio and CP
position for the deformed (real) sail.
On Water Testing
The Banks Sails lamination facility
is next door to the design centre and
sail loft. The close loop between design,
lamination, manufacturing and on the
water testing is the key to fast track
winning development process. Sometimes
only few hours separate an idea from
the actual on water sailing.
Design is nothing but fixing ideas
conceived by experienced and talented