Outhaul kit for Naish Sprint 7.3
I just bought this sail and I was wandering if would be of any advantage to use it with and outhaul kit.
Would it be useful in freeride sail of that size?
Any comment would be appreciated.
RE: Outhaul kit for Naish Spint 7.3
Good morning, Luco,
For what it's worth, yes, try an OA kit. You can make one up using Clamcleat CL244 's plus a couple of Ronstan 19mm pullies. Would strongly suggest that you use a Ronstan twin pulley at the outhaul, because this substantially lowers the force needed to outhaul the sail when under way (but you won't be able to add outhaul when under way: the force is just too great).
I'm sure you can find various pictures of AO kits on the web, including the Neil Pryde site.
It does take about 4 or 5 sessions to get the position of the Clamcleats right, then learning how to use the AO to its best advantage, but stick with it and give it a good try.
I use my AO on a 7.5m sail, mounted on 144 L wide style, 135 L super slalom and 115 L slalom boards and I'm very happy with the result. The ability to trim the outhaul on the water really adds to the pleasure of sailing and I've won more than a few drag races by being able to vary the outhaul when we run into a lull.
Hope this helps,
RE: Outhaul kit for Naish Sprint 7.3
Yes, yes, and yes. Adjustable outhauls make every sail better - I use them on everything, including wave sails. You'll extend the range of any sail by being able to tune it on the water, and you'll learn better where it performs for a given wind strength in its range. Plus, no coming in to the beach or jumping in the water to retune your rig.
For smaller sails (<5.5), you can always just use one boom cleat, to cut down on the clutter. If you're sailing in waves, have the cleat on the 'going out' side, so you can bag the sail for more power going over the waves, then tighten it up before you jibe/tack, to depower the sail a bit for the wave ride.
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