SAILS / CANVAS
For the past 18 years Bob Phillips has been running the Doyle Sail loft in Tortola, and has built a great reputation amongst the numerous professional yacht crews they have worked with. The loft was founded in 1973 and their nine members of staff are highly trained with most having more than twenty years of experience. They can provide quotations and specifications for any new sails on any size of professionally crewed yacht, which are then built at whichever of the company’s manufacturing lofts can provide the best combination of location and price.
Doyle BVI can repair sails for yachts up to around 50 metres LOA, and also offers a full range of the highest quality custom canvas works. Doyle BVI has innovatively pioneered the use of fabrics from other industries that are vastly superior to the more usual marine fabrics, lasting two to three times longer, and the products they build are assembled with a combination of welded seams and stitching with Gore-Tex thread, both of which are guaranteed for the life of the fabric. Doyle BVI also works in partnership with local machine shops and have produced some stunning fabric and welded frame structures. As Bob says, “We live here, we work here, and we know that both looks and longevity are equally important”.
all, this is a thoroughly professional set up, for which we continue to
receive excellent review again last season from numerous Captains of some
the largest yachts around. As Captains have told us: “Doyle BVI
is a highly reliable, professional set up to work with.” “Doyle
BVI did such a great job renewing all our canvas work on board that when
we blew out
Conveniently located at Huntum’s Ghut, not far from Village Cay Marina, is this full service loft offering pick-up and delivery for new sails and repairs, custom made dodgers, biminis, sail covers, and awnings. They have come well recommended to us in past seasons, with one Captain saying: “They do a great job, and on time”.
This company are part of the main Quantum group, whose base is in Annapolis and headed up by Doug Stewart - who participated in 2 America's Cup campaigns himself... besides having designed / built sails for 3 Whitbread projects, 3 different America's Cup campaigns and a long list of Superyachts, worldwide. Here in Tortola, the business is growing fast through their commitment to quality works. The loft is run by Kevin Wrigley, who is also highly experienced... having sailed all his life as a qualified instructor. Kevin has been based in the BVI for the past 14 years, and, along with the help of his production manager - Dave Tarasiuk (who'd previously spent 6 years building and repairing sails in Annapolis) - they operate as a full service sail loft. We received another round of excellent reports for their sail repair works again last season; and their high level of customer service.
For any yachts considering new sails, Doug Stewart still does the design work for all sails sold in the BVI... being in charge of cloth selection for Superyacht construction worldwide. The company are also authorized dealers for Camet sailing gear, Dirty Dog eyewear, Antal and Strong Marine – checkout their showroom in Nanny Cay.
Clifford (Roy) Daniel – known as Roy – originally trained as a sailmaker. Having focused on canvas work and upholstery over the past 20 years, we again picked up some very good recommendations for his works, both above and below deck. Offering full interior upholstery services, Roy’s Canvas can custom make bunk mattresses, fitted loose cushions and headlinings; and above deck can make / recover cockpit cushions and fabricate canvas covers including bimini tops and awnings.