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New Sails #279726
07/02/15 09:42 AM
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carlbohannon Offline OP
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This review is courtesy to other racers. New sail designs are rare. Most "new sails" are mods of existing designs. This sail is a new from scratch design design and was specifically designed for a Wave. The last new design for the Wave that I know of is the Calvert.

My new sails from Banks Sails Houston were raced, for the fist time, in Light air, and at least in light air, they are killers.

I was skeptical of the battens, batten tension and the clew plate. The clew plate, instead of a middle hole had a hole just above and just below the middle. The battens were the wide thin ones used on small keel boats and they did not look stiff enough. The batten tension system is a fold over tie arrangement, that looked hard to use. When I put the sail up it turned into a slick wing. The battens held the shape and were easy to flip over. The batten tie system was smooth, with nothing hanging. Switching between the 2 middle holes in the clew plate made a difference.

The race was in the 0-5 range. I won my class. I can't say it was all the sail. Last night was an old racer night. At least 3 classes were won by old cat sailors. But, after start I was pulling ahead of boats I normally just keep of up with.

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Re: New Sails [Re: carlbohannon] #280229
08/13/15 10:04 AM
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I'd like to see a picture of your new sail. May you post one? And how much did it set you back.

Re: New Sails [Re: tradisrad] #280238
08/14/15 06:48 AM
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Speaking of new concepts, Calvert went with a new design last year and did it with Dacron. Awesome sail that pretty much out points all the other sails and goes a bit faster. Seems Dacron is easier to alter the shape for varying conditions. And unlike the exotic materials it is hard to oversheet the sail. With exotics the leach will hook, while with the Dacron, it falls off a bit, thus allowing a higher angle to the wind.


Rick White
Catsailor Magazine & OnLineMarineStore.com
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Re: New Sails [Re: RickWhite] #282344
04/05/16 06:50 AM
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Rick exactly which Calvert sail are you referring to?

There are several versions listed by Calvert.

Thanks,

Stephen



Stephen
Phoenix Az
Re: New Sails [Re: carlbohannon] #282345
04/05/16 06:51 AM
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How much was this sail and do you have any photos of it up.

Thanks,

Stephen


Stephen
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Re: New Sails [Re: Stephen] #282349
04/05/16 11:49 AM
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Carpal Tunnel
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Carpal Tunnel
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Rick White
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