|20th February 2008 04:22 PM|
There were 2 serious problems with the 'Gun Type' winch I used with Euro pin systems.
The first is that the 'pin' was far too soft and easily bent.
The second is that crank does not slide side to side so the rope must always start at a large distance from the hub. This puts a lot more side pull on an already too weak/soft 'pin' and on the base that it is inserted into.
Two easy things to re-design but AFAIK this has not been done.
The Chinook winch works very well for me.
|18th February 2008 01:56 AM|
You did a fine job, especially in light of the fact that it was done with very minimal tools or support fixturing. Just goes to show "where there's a will, there's a way".
|17th February 2008 10:50 PM|
I use it now for 1 year for wave and Gaastra GTX 10.5 m2, no problems.
|11th February 2008 11:12 PM|
I might add -
I can't speak for sail brands other than Maui Sails, but their 11.0, 9.2 and 8.4 TR-3's can be down hauled without a special tool. I am an old guy with back issues, but can still down haul them. I have a downhaul crank, but haven't used it since I got the TR-3's. I hope the TR-4's are the same.
The TR-1's required a tool.
|11th February 2008 06:27 PM|
|matt12||Yes the North XT is great .. it is just a pity that there are very few dealers that stock the replacement rope ... so really the life of the XT is limited to the life of the rope!! Very disappointing! Who knows why this is the case in Australia ... seems such a simple issue to resolve from a customers' perspective but I guess there are complex issues in the supply chain somewhere unfortunately|
|11th February 2008 06:08 PM|
Downhauling takes 50percent of unpleasant things in windsurfing. The next are: wet wetsuit, board tying to a car roof, searching for a shadow to put sail after sailing, carying formula board to shore thru surfbreak.
North XT mast base eliminated downhauling from that list. It completely changed downhauling. No back pains, you can downhaul sail on the water, absolute precision, no ropes driving thru the holes on sail pulley, or base.
|11th February 2008 02:14 PM|
Having said that ... for racing sails I use the Chinook tool ...
|11th February 2008 01:46 AM|
Don't buy the GUN-one. i broke mine after a few times downhauling my severne 11,8 ssr...
Chinook's works just great though...
|11th February 2008 12:04 AM|
Boom height and uphauling.
I would just add that boom height makes a huge difference in rig weight when pulling up. Regardless of the make.
Just imagine way-too-high booms, then pulling up would be nigh impossible. It's a sine-cosine thing.
It doesn't mean to you must keep it low or lower-than-should just to assist your pulling. But just in case, review your boom height again. As a matter of fact, I find a lots of sailors booms are too high, they can't start or waterstart, and are awkward when sailing on a reach, without realising it.
All depends on your style, rig, wind strength, but very minimum is armpit-high, and goes way up from there on for small boards and strong winds.
One final note: don't let your mast "window" determine the boom height. It should be where you want it to be, then extension and mast should follow suit.
Cheers & 'luck.
|10th February 2008 11:00 PM|
There are quite a few sailors over here that use the GUN one. They never seem to wear out and work really well. There aren't too many chinook stockists here and GUN is the cheapest alternative.
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