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Doby 2nd September 2006 01:38 PM

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Noticed NP shut down thier forum. Guess they were intimidated by all the bad critics...

And now they?ve launched another mastbase system, how wise is that? Windsurfers have always sufferd from the lack of standardisation...

And the fun thing is that they stated that the North Xtender system wasn?t the way to go and now they got one themselves HAHAHA!!!!

GeorgeUSA39 3rd September 2006 09:39 AM

RE: NP forum
They are using the Extender to have a better extension system. At least they are innovating and trying to build a better system. Innovation in windsurfing seems rare these days and companies like Starboard, Mikes Lab, Sailworks, Maui Sails and Neil Pryde should be commended for attempting to build better products. Whether they work or not is open for debate.

RobSwift 3rd September 2006 06:07 PM

RE: NP forum
True. I wonder if anyone will ever go back and investigate old patents for WS equipment that disappeared due to other factors than performance or utility.

Doby 3rd September 2006 08:46 PM

RE: NP forum
Hmmm, the innovator in this case is North Sails not NP, they are the first to really explore the xtender system and designing thier saisl around it. Nad they came up with the Power XT which is truly an innovative product!

Screamer 4th September 2006 12:26 AM

RE: NP forum
North Xtender is maybe an interesting idea, but it's not working that well, at least not with bigger cammed sails. It will save you some $$$ and you will sail alright, but performance is MUCH better with a proper mast. Tried and tested.

steveC 4th September 2006 12:46 AM

RE: NP forum
Regarding the mast extender concept, I can't claim to know who originated the idea, but I can say that it isn't a new idea. I know that Bill Hansen, formerly the founder and designer of Windwing Sails, was offering fixed length 40 and 60cm mast extenders in his line of branded products in 1998, as I verified it a published Windwing brochure for that year.

Actually, when you go back and review history, you will find that Bill Hansen was a serious innovator that advanced many sound ideas. Often I don't think he gets the credit that he really deserves.

sb 4th September 2006 11:23 AM

RE: NP forum
th ecarbon extendor is really the only system that works with the big formula sails that reuire more than 30 cm of base. No base is strong enough with todays required downhaul

windstock 4th September 2006 07:36 PM

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the pryde forum has moved to the RSX page.
When I first found it the only new post were porn spam, now removed, so a forum where you can only post if you register dosn't solve that issue.
There are still forums where registration is optional (Areotech)
Wonder if Svein has sold out to the corporation?

Screamer 5th September 2006 01:55 AM

RE: NP forum

I wouldn't know about formula sails, maybe I should've said - my experience is with a freerace slalom (Daytona specifically, but I believe it would be the same with a warp).
You are probably right (about the stiffness), but if you need 30-40cm, then you can't use North Xtender fixed @ 50cm.

sb 6th September 2006 03:19 AM

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You can cut down the 40 cm power-extendo to 35 cm and put a 5 cm streamlined base on to make a very strong 40 cm extension.
Under that, the new red reinforced streamlined 46 cm bases work well

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