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In Topic: Hanks Vs Furler

05 February 2014 - 04:55 AM

I thought only Americans and Europeans used furlers on their sport boats :P


Are you leaving the jib up running? If you are going to get a benefit by leaving it up like most of the high performance sport boats with long sprits then its probably a waste of time as your sail with hold its shape longer with the horizontal battens and you'll be able to have a nice bit of roach to help twist. We used domes on most of the sportie sails in NZ, tried the plastic twist hanks but they ripped the gennaker when doing a windward drop.

In Topic: Sail East Sail Makers anybody use them?

05 February 2014 - 04:43 AM

I had a long conversation with these guys www.sailseast.com   at the Strictly Sail Chicago.  I looked at there sail samples and they look well enough made.  I would think these days that most all the sail-makers are using the same CAD Sail design programs and that the really only difference would be the labor cost.  These sail's are made in Hong Kong.   Anybody use them? 



Its not quite that simple, there are 5 or 6 different CAD packages out there but what is more important is the person using the CAD package, have they ever been sailing? Maybe if you are a cruiser who only sails downwind its okay! On their website it states that their office is in HK and the sails are built in China.

In Topic: Sail material for racer cruiser

19 January 2014 - 05:17 AM

Polykote is actually pretty good, a couple of classes in NZ where laminates are outlawed are the Farr 1020 and Young 88. The mains made from polykote are race competitive and hold their shape for 5 or 6 seasons if looked after and rolled. Don't bother with any other dacron except maybe DP HTP. Polykote will probably out perform and definably last longer than the CX15, the price difference is definably worth it. The main disadvantage is it is heavier than a laminated sail. 

In Topic: IRC Bandits?

03 January 2014 - 07:54 AM

This boat just got 2nd overall on IRC in the sydney to hobart.. and I'm sure the price isn't to bad



In Topic: One Sails ??

21 December 2013 - 02:56 PM

Liquid Assett NZ, on 18 Dec 2013 - 13:21, said:
Any good ??? anyone got these they are starting up in NZ wondering if they are worth a shot

It depends who is running it, their local experience and reputation.. Onesails is just a brand name (like most other sails lofts). Any loft can buy the MilleniumTech membranes from Italy and finish them. Onesails lofts can build other sails themselves or source them from any wholesale production factory. Kiwi boats are generally unique so design resources etc from Italy aren't reverent. Company's market the construction, but its the shape that counts, and fast shape comes from experience with the type of boat you have. Auckland is a very saturated market with several major players already doing mostly export. Isn't the Aussie loft due to change again, Quantum - Evolution - Onesails - whats the next  brand name?