Gill, your sailing efforts clothing
Yacht Fashion. Inspired by sailors
Materials and Workmanship
Gill, from the materials and fabrics we use to the design has
always been the famous technical brand for Sailing Clothing, nautical
accessories and fashion. Gill make ultra-technical sailing clothing
for dinghy, power boating and cruising, and yacht style sailing
& offshore equipment and clothing to KEEPS YOU DRY,WARM and
COMFORTABLE in all conditions.
Gill sailing clothing - Technical Process
The process begins with a brain storm session. We invite a panel
of sailors, relevant to the type of product that is being discussed.
From club sailor to Olympic hopeful. From coastal cruiser to Volvo
Ocean Racer. They bring in their kit bags and we discuss what works,
what doesn't and what is missing. Then, out of the discussion comes
a product or range brief for the team of designers to work and research
We the Gill scour the world for the absolute latest technical materials
and cutting edge best designs are proposed for the team to select
and move to the development sample stage.
Feedback is noted and where appropriate, designs will be modified
until we are satisfied they do the best possible job they can.
One of the most important processes is the fabric and component
testing department. When you are sailing you can be literally sitting
in water. It is coming over the side in green bucket fuls rather
than just raindrops from above.
Also salt water is far more abrasive than fresh water and the fabrics
need rigorous testing to establish whether they will be up to the
job. Sailor Brand Gill tests every single design and material in
their own, on site laboratory full of waterproof testing equipment,
abrasion machines and high humidity incubators to simulate the rigours
of life on the ocean.
Once we are totally happy that everything performs as it should,
it is time to get the products made. The quality and technical approach
does not stop at this point. Before bulk production can commence,
all fabrics and components have to be re-submitted for approval.
When the final products arrive in our warehouse they are subjected
to the most thorough scrutiny, which in the case of an Ocean Jacket
is a 120 or more point check list. This includes complete water
testing of both seams, quality, components and fabrics.
Prototypes and tests
When the designs are finalised, prototypes are made and sent out
for field testing. An example of this is the sportscotland Scottish
National Sailing centre where dedicated and knowledgable instructors
sail every day. It also rains quite a bit too!
It is only then that products are released into stock for sale
and we can be as confident as we possibly can be that the product
will perform as it should. Confident enough to give the product
the Gill lifetime guarantee so you can trust them to perform whenever
you need them in hard sea conditions. The Gill - lifetime guarantee
covers against all defects in fabrics, material and workmanship
for any GILL product, include Equipment & Accessories - Products.
If you have any questions or service please contact GILL- Technical
Clothing Specialists for advice: USA +1(1) 800-822-6504 ext 105/www.gillmarine.com