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8th November 2008 03:37 AM
PG OK,
AMEX SDM masts have been rumored to be middle of the way with regards to bend, and some measurements, see http://www.peterman.dk/masts-all-imcs01.htm, does support it. You mast probably has a 12-13% bend curve.

If you want to get the best out of your very good mast then
- the top is too stiff for Neil Pryde sails
- the top is too soft for Maui Sails, and probably also for Gaastra.
- A good bet is at least Severne, Simmer and Sailworks.

I think you should go about 5.3, 6.0, 7.0, 8.5. And potentially switch the 8.5 for a Severne Glide 7.5 which has about as much bottom end as a regular freerace 9.0 sail.
8th November 2008 12:53 AM
francis
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What brand?
AMEX, however my focus is on sizes and sail type, not a specific model
7th November 2008 06:51 PM
PG What brand?
7th November 2008 01:46 PM
francis
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It does not really matter at all for sail selection if the mast is 90% or 50% carbon. The important thing is what bend curve it has (i.e. not the stiffness), and that often can be deduced from what brand it is (and if it is a SDM or RDM).
I've a SDM
7th November 2008 01:25 PM
PG It does not really matter at all for sail selection if the mast is 90% or 50% carbon. The important thing is what bend curve it has (i.e. not the stiffness), and that often can be deduced from what brand it is (and if it is a SDM or RDM).
6th November 2008 11:55 PM
francis tanks for suggestions,
I'm looking for planing with light wind and replacing my old 7.5. My mast is 460 90% carbon, and if it is relevant the wind knodes gain between 8.0 (ok for 460 mast) and 8.5 I'd buy also a 490 mast
6th November 2008 09:43 PM
PG With regards to spacing I think that if you go for a bigger sail, like a 8.5, then you could switch the 7.5 for a slightly smaller sail. A 7.0 would work well as the biggest sail on the Kombat, and be a lot easier to handle than a 7.5.

A quiver of 5.3 - 6.0 - 7.0 - 8.5 makes sense to me. It makes sense to increase the spacing when you go to bigger sizes.

Looking at Severne sails a Gator 7.0 combined with an 8.5 Element, or a 7.5 Glide (that rigs on a 460 mast) would make sense.

With Gaastra a Remedy 6.9 and a 8.5 m2 bigger sail (or the 7.5 m2 Plasma on a 460 mast) would be feasible.

Two Sailworks Retro 7.0 and 8.5 would server you well, or with Simmer X-Type/V-Type in 6.9 m2 and a 2-XC in 8.5. Or one Simmer X-Type 6.9 and one Sailworks Retro 8.5 as they rig on the same mast bend curve (and Severne rigs on the same SDM masts as well).

I think it is a mast question more than anything else. What masts do you have? Do you want to continue to use your old masts? Do you want to omit a 490 mast?
6th November 2008 09:04 PM
mike Your existing sails/ boards are a pretty good mix. You could get more light wind range out of your Carve 133 with a bigger sail & fin. What are you trying to accomplish? For example, do you need a more lighter wind sail? or are your sails old & you're updating?
6th November 2008 05:15 PM
francis
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It is impossible to give any sail recommendations if you don't reveal what masts you have, and if you are going to get new masts (and in that case, what lengths).

The mast is not an issue, I mean if necessary I change it.

It also makes sense to know what sails the smaller ones are, the 5.3 and 6.0 you are going to keep.
I would keep the 5.3 and the 6.0 for at least one year
6th November 2008 02:03 PM
PG It is impossible to give any sail recommendations if you don't reveal what masts you have, and if you are going to get new masts (and in that case, what lengths).

It also makes sense to know what sails the smaller ones are, the 5.3 and 6.0 you are going to keep.
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