Our Waxed Products
Originally the manufacture of waxed fabric came from early mariners who noticed that wet sails were more efficient than dry sails, but because they were heavier than dry it slowed the boat down. As early as the 15th century, mariners rubbed fish oil as well as grease on their sails and made waterproof capes from the remnants. Consequently, the mariners sails were more efficient in the dry, lighter in the wet and the sailors were kept dry as well.
Adding linseed oil to flax sail cloth, first introduced by Francis Webster in 1795, was the next step towards lighter sail cloths. It was used by the Royal Navy and then by the Tea clippers. Racing Clippers bringing cotton from Egypt provided an even lighter material to experiment with, making the sails even more efficient.