> Is Constant curve the right system for North Sails '94?
my current north sails range in age from 91 to 94. here's my experience:
'91 6.4 Infinity rigs best with OEM flex top (i use space + race tech)
'94 5.7 Katana didn't rig well with recommended mast; finally settled
on a "too short" flex top w nonOEM 14" tip extension
'93 5.0 Infinity rigs well with an experimental blue label Fiberspar or
w OEM flex top (2 piece; space tech top & bottom)
'94 4.2 Zeta seems to rig more-or-less equally well with flex top or
'93 3.7 Zeta constant curve; this may be due to this model (Zeta)
or relatively small size - as i have, i use flex top
volker put it well in a response he recently gave,"...if you are not exactly
into professional, expert matchracing, don't worry about getting the perfect
fit mast for each of your sails." to which i would only add - be willing to
experiment; try different masts in a store, or what friends have to offer on
the water. if you must evaluate dry, after rigging, hold the mast tip down,
to the ground, (under a car tire will do) then step on the mast base & press
it to the ground; as the boom holds the mast up in the middle, the resulting
flex & twist of the mast will approximate the sail's wind loading, so allows
you to evaluate what the rig will look like on the water. this technique is
especially good to see if you have enough down-haul (many rig too little).
(#include <std/disclaimer>) question reality!
Veni, Vidi, Velcro... "I came, I saw, I'm [still] sticking around."
North 6.4 Infinity
present Mistral Shreader DCS North 5.7 Katana age: ~47
-general Mistral Screamer LCS North 5.0 Infinity wgt: 140
equipment: F2 Axxis 255 w/gizmo! North 4.2 Zeta hgt: 5'4"
North 3.7 Zeta