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2 CAMS or not to CAM?

 
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geohaye



Joined: 03 Apr 2000
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 04, 2000 6:07 pm    Post subject: 2 CAMS or not to CAM? Reply with quote

So many of us non-racers have started having entire quivers without any cams. The non-cam trend has been rolling along for a few years now. Does anyone have an opinion on whether us non-camers are missing something, or is it pretty much sundown for the Camber Inducer?
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jimsilverman



Joined: 10 Apr 2000
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PostPosted: Mon May 15, 2000 6:17 pm    Post subject: RE: 2 CAMS or not to CAM? Reply with quote

CAMS offer better sail set for more power and more control. Additional weight sometimes a problem with water starting if air is marginal for power needed.
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tomg



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PostPosted: Tue May 16, 2000 5:10 pm    Post subject: RE: 2 CAMS or not to CAM? Reply with quote

Jims message was the industry line for a long time and I believed it. Course theyve changed their line in the last couple of years. But I just bought and have sailed twice on a yr2000 North camless design. Rigged on the ground, the sail has all the shape of a 4-5 cam race sail -sweet! On the water the thing was super stable (last wens 5/10 at Pt. Isabel in 20-25mph). I think the modern camless sails are here to stay. Why hassle with inducers if you dont need to?
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isobars



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PostPosted: Fri Jun 02, 2000 1:36 pm    Post subject: RE: 2 CAMS or not to CAM? Reply with quote

Cams are reallyreally important ... when racing upwind for money .... for the time being. Otherwise, they serve little purpose any more, and make a sail less maneuverable once ya forego slalom sailing
for B&J or wave sailing. I havent owned a cam now since the 80s except in my biggest sail, a 6.6 I rarely use, and its replacement will be camless.

But sundown ... not any time soon. Too many people just havent caught on yet that camless sails work just as well, are simpler and lighter, and avoid the cost of the cams and their pockets.

Mike \m/
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cascblu



Joined: 03 Jan 1999
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 09, 2000 9:55 pm    Post subject: RE: 2 CAMS or not to CAM? Reply with quote

No, a single cam is still good to punch and to keep the sail from deforming in gusts. Just get the ones that can be removed as well. Even at the coast, when it is really onshore and you can only go backside they are ok.
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spyder



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PostPosted: Tue Jul 18, 2000 5:26 pm    Post subject: RE: 2 CAMS or not to CAM? Reply with quote

after Norths TransAm, I am convinced on the camless. Its hard to believe its camless, it performs really well. However, NPs V8 series is hard to beat.
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