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outhaul



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PostPosted: Thu May 15, 2014 9:55 am    Post subject: maui sails switch Reply with quote

I sailed one a few times in Bonaire but not enough to really have strong opinion but it seems to me MS has a winner here, a really nice cross between a wave sail and a fuller cut freeride shape. Seems like there's not many choices in this segment at the bigger end of the range, 7.5—or ideally 8.0- 8.5.
I kind of wish the entire sail was X-Ply however, wondering what others think on the performance and build quality of this sail especially in the 6.0-7.5 range.
Also, who makes the new line of K-series masts?
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PostPosted: Thu May 15, 2014 11:31 am    Post subject: Re: maui sails switch Reply with quote

outhaul wrote:
I sailed one a few times in Bonaire but not enough to really have strong opinion but it seems to me MS has a winner here, a really nice cross between a wave sail and a fuller cut freeride shape. Seems like there's not many choices in this segment at the bigger end of the range, 7.5—or ideally 8.0- 8.5.
I kind of wish the entire sail was X-Ply however, wondering what others think on the performance and build quality of this sail especially in the 6.0-7.5 range.
Also, who makes the new line of K-series masts?


I've got the 7.5 and am happy with it. I would simply call it "a fuller cut freeride shape" and leave "wave sail" out of it, though. If you're thinking wave sail, then the build quality is not good. For freeride its a nimble well-made sail that's good for tossing around (duck jibes, carving freestyle) despite the seven plus meters, IMHO.

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KevinDo



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PostPosted: Thu May 15, 2014 1:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Is it one of those new 6 batten freeride sails? Hot Sails has one too, I think it's called the ...GPX? One of the locals here has one and loves it!
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PostPosted: Thu May 15, 2014 3:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

i had a 7m, didnt like it. the batten in the mast cutout was always getting caught on my boom clamp.
i would also never get into really stiff top, or soft top mast specific sails again.

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PostPosted: Thu May 15, 2014 4:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I agree with the comment on masts. I however read somewhere that MS has switched to constant curve this year? Maybe with some products only?

The Unifiber chart has them in CC now for 2014.
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outhaul



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PostPosted: Thu May 15, 2014 5:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sailboarder wrote:
I agree with the comment on masts. I however read somewhere that MS has switched to constant curve this year? Maybe with some products only?

The Unifiber chart has them in CC now for 2014.


Yes MS has new masts for 2014, they're constant curve.
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PostPosted: Fri May 16, 2014 12:18 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

beware tube battens. in the past, switch somewhat relied on them as a design feature. good sail, yet one should not take it the surf.

aerotech phantom designed around rod battens, much tougher in the surf. also behaves from great with an RDM to fantastic with a SDM when one goes from flat water to surf and back again.

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PostPosted: Fri May 16, 2014 6:04 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm rigging the 7.5 on a 460 RDM (MS mast) btw...works fine.
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PostPosted: Tue May 20, 2014 2:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have sailing the switch in various sizes and years. Didn't have the batten sticking on the boom clamp with MS mast and rigged right. I did on the wrong mast. Great sails....i now have the 6.4' got rid of my 5.6 and 4.8 for more designated wave sails. You can take them in waves/surf...they say to avoid crashing waves. So small stuff is fine.
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