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Old 22nd December 2006, 09:41 AM   #4
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Location: Maine & North Carolina
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Default RE: Equipment damage from over - downhauling?

My two cents...

I have a 2005 9.8 v8. Great sail. My first couple of times using it, I didn't downhaul enough. As a result, I couldn't keep the sail from backwinding and sending me in the drink when the wind picked up. Once I got a crank and started to downhaul the sail to the numbers on the sail, I found the sails true range. What a difference. When I got the crank, I switched to a spectra line (white if that matters) versus the standard black with blue specs (or black with red specs -- those are the ones I use...sorry can't remember the material). These are slipperier in my hands, but they seem to resist breaking when I use the crank. I'm through two seasons with these lines and have yet to break one (90% in fresh water).
Starboard [Gemini, F-Type 148, iSonic 105], AHD [Convert 60, GT Special 73], Windsurfer
Neil Pryde [v8 9.8], Sailworks [Retro 8.0; Hucker 6.6, 5.6, 4.8]

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