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mac



Joined: 07 Mar 1999
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Location: Berkeley, California

PostPosted: Sat Jan 29, 2022 6:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think the best advice is to sail at a place where there are others with more experience. Generally they will be happy to give you some tips, help you rig the sail, and so forth. They can give you some ideas about what kind of gear works for the site, the conditions, and your size. Over the years, I've rigged dozens of sails for folks--because it is way more fun and way easier when the sail is rigged right.
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joethewindsufa



Joined: 10 Oct 2010
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Location: Montréal

PostPosted: Sat Jan 29, 2022 7:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

you are from the UK and have windsurfed 20 hours in the last 10 years
it is now JAN and you are asking about a 25 year old 5.0 m² sail
WoW - I wish you lotsa luck man
and stay OFF the water until it gets warmer !!
and NEVER windsurf alone
get HELP and/or instruction please
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swchandler



Joined: 08 Nov 1993
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 30, 2022 4:18 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Even if the sail is as old as I think, it can still be useful for a beginner to learn basic sail handling and to develop rudimentary skills. It's not like pw2000 will be pushing the limits of the sail at this stage of his learning cycle.
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dllee



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PostPosted: Sun Jan 30, 2022 5:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I just used a Rushwind 5.5 Viento for 9 days of windsurfing with that cap.
My favorite 5 cam Gaastra is a 1995 model.
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joethewindsufa



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PostPosted: Mon Jan 31, 2022 4:29 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

i use old sails ALL the time
this fellow sounds like he could use some live guidance tho
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pw2000



Joined: 28 Jan 2022
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 01, 2022 1:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

swchandler

I have seen youtube videos of Gaastra sales with the end bit of the mast pointing out and I would guess its early 90`s.

I am hoping to learn on the Gaastra and then progress.

Thanks for all the comments.

I have been practicing the cordage knott for the mast and the stopper at the top.

Soon I am going to downhall the sail and then I will post a photo and see if anyone can tell me if it is sailable.

Thanks
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swchandler



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PostPosted: Tue Feb 01, 2022 1:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

pw2000,

It's a good idea that you will post a photo of your rigged sail and get some feedback.

Given the age of the sail, the downhaul requirements will be quite a bit less than current sail designs. The Sailworks links that I forwarded earlier really won't help much on sail tuning. You definitely don't want the looser leech up top that is common today. When rigging, you know that you have too much downhaul if you start losing your pocket down low in the sail and the battens start pulling too far away from the mast and doing the wrong thing (getting an ''S" bend in them in the lower battens).
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PeconicPuffin



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PostPosted: Tue Feb 01, 2022 4:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

mac wrote:
I think the best advice is to sail at a place where there are others with more experience. Generally they will be happy to give you some tips, help you rig the sail, and so forth.


This is excellent advise. Looking at your rig (or board, or you sailing) they may be able to show you in five minutes what could take you months to figure out by yourself. Professional instruction even more so.

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pw2000



Joined: 28 Jan 2022
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 03, 2022 12:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The distance from the top of the mast to where the sail starts is 13 cm.
I want to bring this down to 5cm

Then it would be within specifications for downhauling.

My gap at the top is 13cm.

I've tried the cordageknott but it won't hold it at 5cm from the top. It keeps going to 13cm

Thankyou
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dllee



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PostPosted: Thu Feb 03, 2022 12:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Double 1st shoelace knot, the second tied opposite the 1st.
Top gap don't matter.
Best to keep bottom gap within 2".
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