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Guest
5th July 2007, 07:03 PM
What is the go with these North Sails ... why are they so heavy ?

2007 Gaastra Poison 5.4m = 3.6kg
2007 Maui Sails Legend 5.3m = 3.8kg
2008 North Ice 5.3m = 4.0kg

So they are significantly heavier? Why spent lots on a responsive & light mast when you are holding up something comparable to a wet blanket?

AlexWind
5th July 2007, 09:17 PM
A very good italian rider (Andrea Cucchi, the Point7, starboard Point7) explains in a very interesting article how useless are the mere data about the weight of a sail.
I'll try to translate some of his key topics..

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Guest
6th July 2007, 07:29 AM
Yea, i guess they got feed up with Maui Sails holding the honour of being the heaviest sails.

Still the North is an 08 model, so time for Maui sails to overtake them again.

lucofede
7th July 2007, 12:42 AM
AlexWind wrote:
A very good italian rider (Andrea Cucchi, the Point7, starboard Point7) explains in a very interesting article how useless are the mere data about the weight of a sail.
I'll try to translate some of his key topics..

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AlexWind, is there a link to the article you mention?

AlexWind
7th July 2007, 01:18 AM
Yes, here bellow! Andrea Cucchi Tech Tips!!

geo
7th July 2007, 08:53 PM
I agree with what Andrea Cucchi says: once sailing, the weight feel depends on different things than phisical weight. Nevertheless, having a lighter sail is always good, during jibes in light wind for example, or if not else when carrying it.
Anyhow, miracles are difficult to make. Sails are made out of more or less the same materials, so lighter easily means less durable; exceptions being design peculiarities (think of the Maui Sails TR-3: heavier than usual, but the batten count is 1 or 2 more than competitors, in order to warrant extra stability) or excessive reinforcements or materials optimized for else than pure performances (think of North's white film: if really it is two layers of film kept together with white glue, then you pay that fancy white colour with mere added weight).

AlexWind
7th July 2007, 10:25 PM
I agree with him either!
Concerning NS sails that's what I've heard: in 2006, in their white part they had two monofilm layers kept together with glue, which made the sail strong but heavy; in 2007 they use(d) a single layer white monofilm so it should be the same for the 2008 models..

Screamer
8th July 2007, 09:26 PM
AlexWind wrote:
Yes, here bellow! Andrea Cucchi Tech Tips!!
Excuse me, I still don't see any link, where is it?
Thanks

AlexWind
8th July 2007, 10:28 PM
It's in the Free Forum section..
Leave a comment there if you like..

http://www.star-board.com/forum/viewthread.php?forum_id=5&thread_id=23339

jordanwd
12th July 2007, 04:57 AM
kind of off topic- but for an ultra light high performance wave sail check out the Northwave ZXL or older surflites...they're bullet proof and fricken rock!

Guest
12th July 2007, 05:02 PM
Check the sail weights of the new 08 Severnes on their new website.

S-1 is really light. And Blade is still a lot lighter than those!

Guest
12th July 2007, 06:49 PM
Na sorry. Too much cheesy crappy paint on Severnes.

Guest
16th July 2007, 05:53 PM
What paint? On the S-1 and Blade?