ALVERT SAILS
 Multihull Sails For Catamarans And Trimarans 
Your source for racing and cruising catamaran and trimaran sails

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About Dave Calvert and the History of Calvert Sails

Dave Calvert had his sailmaking apprenticeship in 1972 while working at Morgan Racing Sails in St Petersburg, Florida. St Petersburg was the center for boat building and sail making in the early 70s. Dave also went on to work at building boats at Morgan Yachts, Gulfstar Yachts, and other St. Petersburg boat builders. In 1976, Dave moved to Islamorada in the Florida keys and started Freedom Sails and Boat Works. Both parts of the business grew to the point that Dave had to make the decision to concentrate on only one aspect of the business, this became sailmaking.


In the 1980s and early 90s, Dave Calvert raced windsurfers and started designing better sails for sailboards of all types. This led to developing top race sails for the pro racing circuits. Dave himself became a top contender winning state, regional, National, and a World Championship. Freedom Sails became Calvert Sails Inc. in 1986.

The natural progression from sailboard sails was to beach cat sails. High Tech sailboard sail designs were applied to small catamaran sails, leading to the early square top mains, screachers, and other fast innovations. Dave went on to win beach cat events, 6 Stilleto Nationals, and numerous Corsair trimaran National titles with prototype sail designs.

Calvert Sails had turned it's attention to Multihulls of all kinds becoming the leading US Multihull Specialty sail maker. Our motto became "Fast Sails that Last" We not only had some of the fastest sail designs but used the best materials and construction methods to assure long life.

The 6,000 sq. ft. sail loft in Islamorada, Florida Keys, became the top producing sail loft, per square foot, in the US.

In 2001, Dave Calvert was asked to audition as a driver for Steve Fossett's Maxi 125 ft catamaran, PlayStation. As a driver, and member of the core crew for PlayStation, Dave helped to break 5 world records in sailing during 2001 and 2002.

These included both Trans Atlantic records and the 24 hour distance record.

In 2003, Calvert Sails became a member of the 22 world wide lofts of Halsey Lidgard S ailmakers. This group later merged with UK Sails becoming UK Halsey. Dave became amultihull sail designer for the new 50 member global group of sailmakers.


In 2007, Dave Calvert with partner and operations manager, Ric Arra, returned to being an independent sailmaker establishing Calvert Sailmakers LLC. The offices were moved to St. Petersburg, Florida, sharing the well established Sail Technologies sail loft.

Now, Calvert Sailmakers LLC has offices in Marathon Florida, St Petersburg Florida, and The Bahamas. Production of sails is in St Petersburg, Florida as well as The China Sail Factory. (The Sailmakers Sailmaker) All our sails can be made either in the US or overseas. In any case, Dave Calvert personally designs all the sails and sends the files used for the computer cutters as well as a full description of construction details and what material and hardware to be used. All overseas sails are than shipped to the St Petersburg sail lofts for full inspection before shipped on to the clients.

  

About Dave Calvert and the History of Calvert Sails

Dave Calvert had his sailmaking apprenticeship in 1972 while working at Morgan Racing Sails in St Petersburg, Florida. St Petersburg was the center for boat building and sail making in the early 70s. Dave also went on to work at building boats at Morgan Yachts, Gulfstar Yachts, and other St. Petersburg boat builders. In 1976, Dave moved to Islamorada in the Florida keys and started Freedom Sails and Boat Works. Both parts of the business grew to the point that Dave had to make the decision to concentrate on only one aspect of the business, this became sailmaking.


In the 1980s and early 90s, Dave Calvert raced windsurfers and started designing better sails for sailboards of all types. This led to developing top race sails for the pro racing circuits. Dave himself became a top contender winning state, regional, National, and a World Championship. Freedom Sails became Calvert Sails Inc. in 1986.

The natural progression from sailboard sails was to beach cat sails. High Tech sailboard sail designs were applied to small catamaran sails, leading to the early square top mains, screachers, and other fast innovations. Dave went on to win beach cat events, 6 Stilleto Nationals, and numerous Corsair trimaran National titles with prototype sail designs.

Calvert Sails had turned it's attention to Multihulls of all kinds becoming the leading US Multihull Specialty sail maker. Our motto became "Fast Sails that Last" We not only had some of the fastest sail designs but used the best materials and construction methods to assure long life.

The 6,000 sq. ft. sail loft in Islamorada, Florida Keys, became the top producing sail loft, per square foot, in the US.

In 2001, Dave Calvert was asked to audition as a driver for Steve Fossett's Maxi 125 ft catamaran, PlayStation. As a driver, and member of the core crew for PlayStation, Dave helped to break 5 world records in sailing during 2001 and 2002.

These included both Trans Atlantic records and the 24 hour distance record.

In 2003, Calvert Sails became a member of the 22 world wide lofts of Halsey Lidgard Sailmakers. This group later merged with UK Sails becoming UK Halsey. Dave became amultihull sail designer for the new 50 member global group of sailmakers.


In 2007, Dave Calvert with partner and operations manager, Ric Arra, returned to being an independent sailmaker establishing Calvert Sailmakers LLC. The offices were moved to St. Petersburg, Florida, sharing the well established Sail Technologies sail loft.

Now, Calvert Sailmakers LLC has offices in Marathon Florida, St Petersburg Florida, and The Bahamas. Production of sails is in St Petersburg, Florida as well as The China Sail Factory. (The Sailmakers Sailmaker) All our sails can be made either in the US or overseas. In any case, Dave Calvert personally designs all the sails and sends the files used for the computer cutters as well as a full description of construction details and what material and hardware to be used. All overseas sails are than shipped to the St Petersburg sail lofts for full inspection before shipped on to the clients.

  

Meet Dave Calvert and Calvert Sails