Starting with a standard Bladerider X8, I'm doing some small low-cost upgrades, not looking 4 speed, but for a better training platform (currently trying to get some consistency in the gybes, since 50% is not really a good success rate ). I'm asking some feedback and advice on upgrades:
Mainsail blocks: I find current 3:1 system reeeeaaallly too tiring; adding a 30/40mm standard block on the boom is ok? Or should I consider something different?
Mainsail sheet: Currently I have 8mm sheet supplied with the BR. I feel maybe something a bit bigger could be easier on my hands; what do people use?
Mainsail cams spacers: With my standard KA BR sail i didn't have cams spacers supplied, and I feel a couple of battens really need them (mainsail luff pocket sometimes flaps upwind!); I asked a local windsurf shop, but couldn't find them. Where do people usually get them (I'm in northern Italy)? Any hint on something to use as a substitute?
Centerboard mechanism: I increased a bit the gearing by unwinding the bell crank axle a bit, and found it better for waves management downind. Next week, hopefully, I'll change the terrible plastic upper push rod connector with something more stiff
Wand: I made an adjustable wand with paddle and, after a couple of iterations, I'm quite happy with the result. At the moment i find it enough to get height adjustment for upwind/downind (I have now 24 cm excursion, from 98 to 122 cm).
Is in your opinion a Right height adjuster really needed?
Some mothies with mach2 here tell me RHA is like a prerequisite, but I feel wand adjustment works really ok; the thing I like is thats that upwind a long oblique wand, when moving, doesn't generates too much movement of the mainfoil flap; whereas downwind, when I'm faster, a shorter more vertical wand generates a lot more flap movement for the same height change. Is my idea correct?
Anything else I should consider doing, to improve overall boat ease of use?
Thanks a lot in advance for you feedback,