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18th April 2007 04:33 AM
RE: Gun Sails

Thanks to all for your contributions. I actually went for the 8.1 sq m Tempo, hopefully the low end power is acceptable enough and the difficulty to sail much less...

17th April 2007 07:53 PM
RE: Raptor.

My Raptor 6.5 was bought discounted in the fall of '05. I don't think I have ever had to uphaul it. They definitely were built to last in the German tradition. I know I have a number of years left in it. If they have lightened it when they named it the Booster, that could easily mean that it isn't as sturdy. I've had incidents when lighter sails have failled me on the water. I recently chose, however, to stick to one of these manufactures over and above Gun for a 9.6 thinking quite well that it won't be so heavy. Not only that, I did see a good discount as I was buying an '06 in March. It doesn't seem all that necessary to keep up with the latest bells and whistles.
17th April 2007 05:03 PM
RE: Gun Sails

Raptor is already quite a few years old.

Gun replaced the raptor with the booster and the booster is quite a bit lighter in terms of hauling it out of the water (I have 7.5 ('06), 8.7('06) and 9.5('05) boosters).

The booster is not only lighter when hauling it out of the water (doesn't stick that much, catches less water) but also has quite a few nice little accessories/enchancements.
17th April 2007 05:37 AM
RE: Raptor.

Definitely the Raptor is a heavier sail, but it isn't the waterstarting that makes me see this. In fact it keeps it's shape rather well, but it doesn't gybe easily due to the three cambers and heavy mfg.'er. Nevertheless, it is rather sturdy and I love taking it out in rough seas.
17th April 2007 01:53 AM
RE: Gun Sails

Thanks for that.

The issue I have with Booster/Raptor is that it is a heavy sail (I own a 9.5 Raptor, actually).

Since my sailing conditions can be choppy (I admit that HS is probably not at its best there), I am looking for a sail that is not as difficult to lift as I feel the Raptor can be when waterstart is a bit tough? There in fact the programme looks right, I am just worried that the two cambers are more good looking and here for marketing than truly effective, in particular for early planing -admittedly the critical point on a HS-.

15th April 2007 04:49 PM
RE: Gun Sails

seems to support my experience.
14th April 2007 05:10 AM
RE: Gun Sails

Never have I sailed these two, the tempo or the booster. However, I have a Raptor (3 cam) which I love. It gives me all the low end power I need at 235 lbs. It handles the gusts quite well, too. I don't think they are making it anymore, but they must be making something similar. The three cams do make it harder to gybe this sail, but the power was what I wanted.
13th April 2007 10:09 PM
RE: Gun Sails

Thanks Guest and Floyd. Indeed the two sails look very similar in shape and if there is some weight gain+easier handling for a small difference in planing, I may well go for the Tempo in 8.1 sqm...

Anyone else with some experience of these two sails?
13th April 2007 08:35 PM
RE: Gun Sails

Sorry to disagree but I have both Boosters and Tempo (in different sizes) Bottom end performance in sails is negligible. Booster (probably) more stable top end and harder rotation/handling.
Examinining sails they areidentical apart from the extra camber.
Tempo would be a good sail for that board.
In much bigger sizes Booaster might prove more stable (over 8.5 IMO) but upto 8 ish you wont tell difference.
13th April 2007 08:28 PM
RE: Gun Sails

I weigh 75 kilos. I already have a 9.5 sq m Booster and it is encumbering, since I am looking for a smaller sail to go with my HS 111, I thought that the lighter the better. Does 1 cam make such a difference ?

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