> > > Does anybody reading this have experience with the North Power XTR II
> > > mast extension, which was put on the market, I believe, in late 2006?
> > > If so, I'd much appreciate receiving any remarks you might wish to
> > > make concerning its advantages and disadvantages.
> > > What is the length of the lever/crank from end to end?
> > > Clark, Montral, Canada
> > Clark,
> > similar question:
> > > this problem with the rollers and lines, would you buy them again? Is
> > > the downhaul thing easy to use on the water and with what type sail?
> > > Thanks.
> > Someone said "A luxury once tasted is a necessity."
> > For me, being able to adjust the downhaul on the water (small, inland
> > lakes, large [e.g., 10.5] sails, gusty winds) is worth a lot. I very
> > much prefer to avoid returning to the launch (especially if I've
> > worked hard to get upwind) to readjust my downhaul -- if I cannot get
> > the desired results using an adjustable outhaul system. I'm also the
> > kind of person who enjoys tweaking things.
> > So, for me, knowing what I know now and having tasted (and valued)
> > the
> > luxury, the answer is "Yes, I would buy a North Power XTR again".
> > <end of reply>
> > I'd also add that for me, when used on the Mistral Prodigy with a
> > ***-like mast foot, I sometimes have problems releasing downhaul
> > (something I don't do as much as increasing downhaul) but there is a
> > work-around.
> > To add downhaul, I let the sail fall in the water on the tack that
> > allows to crank/lever to not be underneath the mast. Then, adding
> > downhaul while on the water has been very easy (and enjoyable) for me.
> > Other disadvantages that I've experienced are: (1.) You need a
> > europin mastfoot, (2.) I (and others) have problems with the newest
> > cleat/gear not being able to get a good grip on the latest generation
> > downhaul line (see the posts under "formuline in power-xt"), (3) it
> > took me awhile to come up with a way to thread the downhaul line
> > through the sail pulley and the Power XTR mast extension so that the
> > lines didn't cross or chafe, and (4.) $200 made me stop and think
> > awhile.
> > To answer more questions:
> > 1. The type of sail doesn't appear to matter. I routinely use the
> > Power XTR on large sails (e.g., Ezzy Infinity 10.5 with a sailhook).
> > 2. When one is releasing downhaul, the end of the lever/crank is
> > extended about nine cm below the intersecion of the mast extension and
> > the mast foot. When the lever/crank is not being used, it is
> > vertical. I tuck it inside the sail's foot. To add downhaul, I move
> > the lever/crank from the vertical position to (almost) perpendicular
> > to the mast. There is a small lever that you flip to indicate whether
> > you're trying to add downhaul or loosen downhaul. When you're sailing
> > the crank/lever is left in the "add downhaul" position.
> > Hope this helps,
> > John.
> Hello John;
> Thanks for your reply.
> I believe that I share your sentiments re this device tho I've not
> used one yet. i.e. I too sail on a gusty lake and would like to be
> able to adjust downhaul on the water, IF outhaul adustments don't cut
> Important questions for you:
> 1) Have you successfully resolved the slippage problems you were
> having with the XTR 2 (as opposed to XTR 1) rotary cleat plate ? If
> so, how so?... with the modified line you wrote about in a previous
> 2) What is the end-to-end length of the lever on the XTR 2?
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