>Is any one familiar with "Wild Winds" sails? I just bought one from
>2nd Wind Sports in Hood River, OR. The guy said that it had been
>rigged twice for some photo shoots. It's a 1993, 6.0 fully cambered (5
>of them) monofilm sail that is absolutely new. I paid $100 for it. The
>logo for Wild Winds says "Australia and The Gorge", however, I noticed
>a "made in China" tag on it when I got it back to Kansas (home).
>Did I get ripped?
Unless its a dog (absolute) how could you get ripped? (at that price).
WildWinds sails were common over here (NZ), perhaps not so much now as
there are a quite a few competing brands (in addition to Pryde,
Gaastra etc.). They were originally made in Oz, then they moved to
the Cook Islands for cheap labour but had quality probs (which didn't
do their NZ reputation much good), now obviously its further away
I have just bought 2 '91/'92 sails (6m2 and 5m2) for NZ$350 each,
definitely more than a "couple of times" used. They sail ok.
NZ$350 is about US$180 --- feel better?
I also bought a WhiteLite Molokai 8"10" carbon board (2nd hand) for
high(er) wind slalom (5m2 range). Its proved to be quite a challenge
to sail as its very hard to keep on the water its so stiff (***
the knees too). I delaminated the bottom before I'd even sailed it
by leaving it out in the board bag in the sun --- 10 days in the
repair shop. Just taken it back again to have the mast box repaired,
cracked right across the front --- rule #2, don't jump (not even
teeensy weensy little jumps). Actually I think I've bought the wrong
board, I need something a little softer and stronger for my needs so
may look at a Tiga in the 260 - 270 range.