Thread: Downhaul
View Single Post
Old 19th February 2007, 12:51 AM   #3
o2bnme
Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: Maine & North Carolina
Posts: 230
Send a message via AIM to o2bnme Send a message via Yahoo to o2bnme
Default RE: Downhaul

You can buy downhaul cranks at most windsurfing stores. They run $40-50.

Before I had a downhaul crank, I found I wasn't getting the correct downhaul tension (per the manufacturer's specifications). Once I started using the tool, I was rigging to the specs and getting more range out of the sail.

I use a crank on my 9.8 V8 to save my back for sailing and to fine tune the sail.

Don't think about using a crank to increase the sail's range... rather think of it as using the crank to rig the sail correctly. $0.02

I weigh 65 kilos. I can take my 9.8 V8 out in 20mph gusts without getting backwinded. Before I was downhauling correctly, I found I would get backwinded much sooner (and it was a feeling that grew... I knew it was coming and could do nothing about it).
__________________
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]


To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
o2bnme is offline   Reply With Quote