Hmm... how to describe the pull. When you rig the sail with a tight
leach, expect to be pulled from way up high. I would guess people can
find this disconcerting. I don't know if a certain type of sailor likes
or doesn't like this feeling -- maybe a waist vs. seat harness
difference? I don't know. I use a seat harness, and am very used
driving whatever sail vectors come my way into the board/fin. I haven't
been catapulted more than a few times each year. If someone gets
catapulted more, maybe that is what bothers them? I'm just
It is super easy to rig, but it also has an even wider wind range. This
is what really attracted me. If the wind dies, just put a slightly
larger fin on and let the downhaul out a bit. And since you are on a
smaller sail, you end up not getting as tired. Jim Mudry told me to use
a crank, but I found the 4.8 easy enough to downhaul with a simple pull
toy. Maybe if I needed to downhaul more than I did, I'd want a crank.
And to top it all off, I never expected to find the in-flight and
landing of jumps more controllable with this sail over my older
Sailworks Bravo, but man was it ever easy to control!
That's my experience so far. Nothing but love for the Hucker. ;-)
> The pull you refer to must be similar to the older rigs I use, correct?
> I never felt it to be a problem. I guess as long as the draft doesn't
> float around on the sail, it is predictable in my book.
> I would be curious to hear about the compaints though. It is
> interesting how everyone likes the Retro. Never a bad word about the
> > Now that I've convinced you, you need to find someone who doesn't like
> > them...to be sure you are making the right decision.
> > I was chatting with someone who didn't like how much the sails pull.
> > She didn't explain much to me on why she didn't like the pull beyond
> > that it didn't make her feel comfortable. I loved it. I found if I
> > didn't put much downhaul, the pull was outrageous (but I still liked
> > it), and if I downhauled to the recommended mark, it was very
> > reasonable.
> > > Thanks Bill.
> > > You and Bruce have done a great job of getting me to consider the
> > > hucker. I think my wife will have to get me the 5.8 for xmas. I have
> > > some older 430 cm masts, a fiberspar purple (I think) and a sailworks
> > > black label carbon (24.0??)comp mast. Hopefully they can work with
> > > these sails.