Sail Maker

Sail Makers perform the task of making a variety of different kinds of sails from a variety of different kind of materials. To perform their job, a skilled sail maker needs to know how to work with patterns and drawings and must be able to use a variety of tools. The use of sewing and sewing machines is prominently featured in this career.

Duties and tasks

  • Ability to consider various outcomes and look to select the most appropriate actions
  • Attention to Detail
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  • Cutting sailcloth to meet design specifications as well as working with drawings and patterns
  • Fabricating sails
  • Joining together different fabrics and pieces of fabrics in the assembly of sails
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  • Planning and organisation
  • Problem solving and troubleshooting

Skill Requirements

Thinking critically and using logic in order to find solutions to issues that arise
Using sewing techniques, sewing machines, glues and other methods
Working with sailcloth

Working conditions

Since Sail Makers work with sewing equipment and similar fabrication machines, there is an increased risk of injury when compared to many other occupations. The use of productive gear and taking additional safety measures is often advisable. The average workday for a sail maker may include a good deal of heavy lifting, as sail material can be very heavy. This factor adds to the potential for injury as well.

Professional Associations/ Industry Information


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