Enjoy this sailing season with our custom sails and canvas.
Welcome to Dorsal!
Building on a long history of serving the Great Lakes boating community, DORSAL, LLC(aka Door Sail) is your full service sail loft & canvas shop, capable of computer assisted Sail design & cutting, as well as being fully invested in digital 3D modeling to design and cut custom Biminis, Dodgers, Full Enclosures, Sail & Boat Covers of all sort and even Upholstery work for the cockpit and down below.
Friendly & Personal Service
Meet your sailmaker, not some sales person. Let us spend some time with you discussing how you use your boat, and we will create a unique sail, custom designed for you and your boat. Likewise, plan on spending some time perusing our extensive selection of fabrics and upholstery foams, to create a whole new look for your interior or cockpit. We approach canvas design with the same hands on fashion, encouraging boat owners to participate in the process, in order to address their individual needs and wishes.
Craft & Technology
We have both: talented craft people and a fully digital design environment using the Proliner 8 for virtual patterning in a 3D model, and a Carlson CNC computer controlled cutting machine. (link both?). You can come and see your new sails, canvas, or upholstery being assembled and sewn by skillful hands right here in our loft overlooking Sturgeon Bay.
Commercial & Residential
Totes & Tees
Caring for your Mylar sails – 5 tips
Mylar is also known as PET film. This polyester-based material is used as a laminate in sail making. The Mylar is typically laminated between sheets of woven cloth, so the resulting sail has a soft feel. It is normally u
Love With a Chance of Drowning
A great new sailing book was released a couple months ago. The style is a combination of classics by the Pardeys, Tanya Aebel, etc. and modern sailing blogs like the Bumfuzzles and ZeroToCruising. Definitely worth a read
Dorsal revolutionized our overnight sailing trips! Charlie and team created v-berth cushions that not only fit perfectly in our 35 year-old boat, but are more comfortable than our bedroom mattress. Nights 'in the hole' are now a pleasure, rather than torture. Thank you!Caye PRanger 28
Charles Klein is a Wisconin native with 4 decades of experience in sailing and sailmaking. He is the owner of Dorsal Sails and an active local sailor and kiteboarder. Read More...Charles KleinDirector
Amy has many talents, but is an especially talented upholsterer. If you are looking to make your interior or cockpit more comfortable and attractive, she can make it happen. But don't mess with her. She has a staple gun and is not afraid to use it. Read More...Amy
Adam grew up sailing with his Dad and is now a kiteboarder as well. You might see him at the marinas helping with installations. Read More...Adam
Sam has become the go to person for all things sail related. He and his Dad are familiar to the Great Lakes sailboat racing circuit having seriously campaigned their Peterson 34 for years, winning 1st overall in the Hook race last year. Read More...Sam