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Jaipal



Joined: 06 Apr 2002
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Location: Maui

PostPosted: Fri May 02, 2014 2:51 pm    Post subject: Three-batten surf sails Reply with quote

We now have a couple of threads going on sails so let's revive one on three-batten surf sails.

Check out the performance of the entire rig on this epic JP hit.

https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=904946436197332&set=vb.199353746756608&type=2&theater

I switched to three battens (Hot KS3) last fall. My own 2-cents is that they are unreal.

Before trying one I was pretty skeptical. Realized it was a game changer during the first session. Hard to switch back to four - let alone even contemplate five.

List everything you think would be "wrong" with a three-batten sail. Now imagine your dismay to find out everything you thought was wrong actually turned out to be better!

If you are a surf sailor you should give one a try. You will be seeing many more of them soon.

Cheers,

-J
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mikecole



Joined: 21 Sep 2000
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PostPosted: Fri May 02, 2014 4:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I too was skeptical until I tried a KS3. The 4.9m KS3 has replaced my 5.3m and 4.7m sails. For me, when itís rigged to specs, I get 5.3m grunt from that sail. In strong wind when others my size are using 4.5m I add 2 or even 3cm of outhaul and the sail is so well behaved I donít have to rig smaller until itís 4.2m wind. So happy with that sail. Now I want to replace my small sails (4.2m and 3.7m) The only bummer is that they each require a different mast

Curious to hear from others who are using three batten offerings from different sail makersÖ

Mike
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