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mcross19 8th June 2011 10:50 PM

Do severne sails work with Neil Pryde masts?
I have just got my hands on a 2011 8.6m Turbo and was wondering if it will be ok with my Neil Pryde X9 490 mast that I currently have. The reason I ask is that I've seen posts on here saying that North Masts will not allow the sail to perform correctly.

Obviously Severnes own masts are perfectly matched to the sail characteristics but I have been told that Tushingham is a good alternative, are there any others? The reason that I ask is that it may be some time before the shop can get their hands on a Severne mast (Red line/Enigma) due to the non existance of an importer here in the UK this year.


Maximus 9th June 2011 04:36 PM

No they wont work. Severne are hard top, NP are Flex.

mcross19 10th June 2011 12:53 AM

Thanks Maximus, are there any other manufacturers of hard top masts out there? It's just that I am having trouble sourcing any severne kit here in the UK. Martin

nonopr 10th June 2011 02:39 AM

Yes: MauiSails, Naish. I think Gaastra also.

joe_windsurfer 10th June 2011 02:33 PM

warning: based on what i have read, Tushingham is NOT a good alternative

good luck !!

SeanAUS120 11th June 2011 12:01 AM

Here's a good reference for mast bends ...

nonopr 11th June 2011 01:01 AM

Nice to have.

mcross19 11th June 2011 03:27 AM

Very interesting Sean, thank you.

LK 19th June 2011 11:54 PM

I use 2011 460 cm NP X6 with 2011 Naish Grand Prix 7,0 and it works great.
Rigged 2009 Gator 7,5 with X6 460 and works perfect, better than my older Blue Line mast.
A year or 2 ago some pro riders used Severne masts in NP Race Sails.
So I don’t know how valid this mast selector is.
I would give it a try. Remove all spacers first and then rig the sail with the X9, then tune the sail with different spacers if necessary. Maybe it works fine and you safe some money.
I just had to buy a new Enigma 490 for my 2010 Overdrive, because id did not rig proper on an older Redline mast. Now it works fine.


mcross19 23rd June 2011 12:14 AM

LK how old was your redline mast? surely they wouldn't have changed the diameter/bend characteristics.

What spacers are you on about? I haven't seen any spacers on my Overdrive.

I'm pretty sure that all manufacturers masts will work with each others sails but to what effectiveness is the question. Until anyone tries the same sail with different masts then we wont get a definitive answer. I suppose a softer mast will spill the gusts better and therefore feel better but wont deliver as much low end drive.

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