Ok so I was fortunate to windsurf in the Dom. Republic this winter and rekindled my love for the sport. Now I am back in Asheville and want to sail more on the local lake. I took my Mistral Equipe out Saturday and had a great time blasting in the gusts on a sunny 7 - 20 knot day. My sail is a 7.5m cambered sail from 1991 and the thing weighs so much when i try to up haul. I also have a one-piece 495cm aluminium mast. I am keen to spend some cash on a used sail to increase the power and save my back when uphauling. I weigh 200lbs and thinking of trying an 8.5m. will I need to buy a new mast to?

Any thoughts.

Thanks Hudson

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Hudson, Inwould definitely get a mast that fits the sail's specs. It makes a world of difference in how the sail feels & performs. Carbon fiber or blend mast is much lighter, stiffer, and performs better than the old aluminum masts.

 Hey Hudson, I may have a used carbon mast, about 490 or 500 ? that may be compatible with your 7.5, I'll check. Booms have also gotten a lot lighter recently, but new carbon booms are hi $$?   

Thats what I'm finding a used carbon mast is almost as much as a sail. I was checking into a used 

Maui Sails 8.4 TR8 XT 2013 USED SAIL , 

it seems as if sails have a bigger wind range range these days, previously a 6.5m was the largest sail I had.

Hi Hudson, No doubt! Newer sails have a huge range. You trim them from the downhaul, more tension means looser top for higher winds. 8.5 is a good size for the winds we have here (Lake Norman and Lake James). I sailed on several equipe boards, love them. I feel wider boards are faster to plane and easier to control in high speeds. My light wind board is 260cmX80cmX160lts, I start planing with winds around 8 mph with a 9.5 m sail.

Depending on the wind, I am planning to hit Lake Norman or Lake James this weekend ;)

 The mast that I thought about turns out to be a  North X/C 480 40% constant curve, it probably would work with a 7.5 I don't know about a bigger sail.

Hudson:

200lbs,  I suggest you need 9.5 to give you the most range of sailing  around on Equipe (is its Equipe 1 or 2?). That would cover just about 95% of the sailing days we have here inland.  8.5 would be too small once you were back in groove... 

Raceboard Dude may have something close that, as well as mast and boom... Hopefully he sees this post and chimes in.   I have three 5.2 100% carbon masts, and maybe get rid of one... if he doesn't.  

PS:  i've got as a reluctant seller on Craiglists:  Equipe 2,  and my Starboard Phantom 380, and as a zero-reluctant seller some smaller older slalom boards... Also maybe soon selling a MauiSails TR1 10.0 in B+ condition, haven't decided...

Afbeelding

Equipe 1  - Race - Fun on flat water. Not so good on the ocean. Send me a link to your Craigslist ad - would prefer to buy from local sailors. I guess a newer 9.5m will uphaul about as easy as my old 7.5m ? 

Hudson:

Thats a good board.  I've had two or more, lost count... Its 238 liter, the Equipe II is 258 liter.  At 200lbs, thats a big difference..  Both raceboards I am flirting with selling (links below), are admittedly high price, as I'm not really sure I want really to part with either one.  You  just can't find or gettem anywhere in solid condition. As for uphaul, the 9.5 will be more difficult than 7.5,  but would recommend that  you should not worry about that, just get an easy uphaul,  (link: http://www.easy-uphaul.com/index.html), that will take all the hardwork out of it.    

Try getting in contact with Raceboard Dude to see if he has a Raceboard or  rig to sell,  ( I think he might have large Sailworks Sail...and either an Equipe 2 or it rugged version, forgot the name)

http://charlotte.craigslist.org/for/5568111453.html

http://charlotte.craigslist.org/spo/5563596472.html

Jose,

Whats Lake James like to sail - that seems to be the best location within an hour of Asheville.

Jose Bartok said:

Hi Hudson, No doubt! Newer sails have a huge range. You trim them from the downhaul, more tension means looser top for higher winds. 8.5 is a good size for the winds we have here (Lake Norman and Lake James). I sailed on several equipe boards, love them. I feel wider boards are faster to plane and easier to control in high speeds. My light wind board is 260cmX80cmX160lts, I start planing with winds around 8 mph with a 9.5 m sail.

Depending on the wind, I am planning to hit Lake Norman or Lake James this weekend ;)

Hi Hudson! It is good! Specially for winds coming from W, N or NW. I recommend the following launching places:

1) Hwy 126 Boat landing (Linville Gorge). There is a little beach in the North side.

2) At the end of the road of Rock Hill St (Lake James Park). Nice beach and restrooms.

Water is cooler than Lake Norman, but it is not bad from now until November. 

I've been wondering what it would be like coming down The Gorge!  Please take some photos. I'd like to try it out some time.

Alan

Thanks Jose, will give it a try sometime. If you know anyone selling some 8.0m sails let me know I need to buy something more current than my 90's quiver.

Jose Bartok said:

Hi Hudson! It is good! Specially for winds coming from W, N or NW. I recommend the following launching places:

1) Hwy 126 Boat landing (Linville Gorge). There is a little beach in the North side.

2) At the end of the road of Rock Hill St (Lake James Park). Nice beach and restrooms.

Water is cooler than Lake Norman, but it is not bad from now until November. 

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