NCX, X-Type or Hellcat with Futura 93l
I want to get a 2nd sail for use with my Futura 93l. My current sail is a 5.8m F8 Ram and what I love about it is that I hardly ever get over powered with it thanks to the cams and stable profile. The cons with this sail though are that I can't sail for as long because it's much heavier than an RAF and getting jibes round is also more difficult due to the added weight.
For this reason I want to get a fast RAF sail for lighter conditions. I'm debating between a Severne NCX (6.5m), Neilpryde Hellcat (6.7m) and North X-Type (6.6m).
I read in Windmag that the Hellcat has the best topend speed but is a bit more technical to sail.
Does anyone have any experience using any of these sails on a Futura 93l?
My experience with most of the Neil Pryde sails is good characteristics, but bad quality.
Therefore I have changed to Ezzy Freeride 6,5 and his wavesails in the smaller. I have nothing to do with ezzy sails, Ihave to buy them for the usual prize.
Have alook at www.ezzy.com
All three are good sails and will fit your board.
I think it mostly is a question of masts (and price of course), and planning for a mast quiver for the future. NP wants flextop masts, Severne wants average to stifftop, and North goes with average bend curves.
The next decision is if you are to go for a RDM or SDM mast for this sail :-)
Do you already have a North 430 mast for your RAM? Then another North would of course be a safe pick.
I met the marketing manager from Neilpryde the other day here in Hong Kong and he told me the 2011 line was being announced (at least by neilpryde) on August 15th. If I'm going to pay full price, I might as well wait to see what they come up with for 2011 and if I don't like the 2011s I can get a 2010 discounted :)
I was also considering a 6.5m Helium from NP but this sail would definitely need the right mast right off the bat and I don't think my wallet goes that deep.... would've been nice to have a really early planing sail in the upper windrange of my board.
Hmm, might get an NCX pro. It's the same price as a Hellcat.
I'm probably also gonna need a new fin for these sails. I think 34-36cm should do it.
I have a 2005 Severne NCX 6.5 sail that I have used with my Futura 93. I also have an SDM 430 Gulftech mast that I tried on the NCX. It doesn’t work so I doubt your Gulftech RDM will work. I ended up getting a Fiberspar mast based on Severne’s recommendation.
The performance of the sail has been very good. Not great power, but great range, fast and very light. I find the 6.5 NCX very easy to jibe, backwind sail, or do light wind hellitacks or upwind 360’s. The sail just feels much smaller then a 6.5.
Check out the 6.6m KA Koyote which is a no cam freeride sail that has broken 40 knots several times. KA have used what they have learned when developing the speed (KA Koncept) and Race (KA Race) and used some of the features from these sails in the design of the Koyote. Not only are they a fast sail but because of the short boom length they are very easy to use aswell.
They are great sails, you check them out on the KA Website here http://www.kasail.com/windsurfing/sa...10_koyote.html
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