Sails for winter ice/snow sailing

Sails for winter ice/snow sailing

Post by Glesh » Sun, 08 Nov 1998 04:00:00


I have heard that some sails are not good in in very cold conditions.  Does
anybody know about this.  Currently, my smallest sails are very nice Ezzys that
I would prefer not to ruin.  Are Ezzys okay at -19 or do I need to buy special
sails?

Thanks in advance for any help,

Bob

 
 
 

Sails for winter ice/snow sailing

Post by B Kenne » Wed, 11 Nov 1998 04:00:00

The ice and snow sailing season here in Saskatoon starts the first week in November
and lasts until mid-April.  We often sail in temperatures down to -20C.  The only
sail problem that I've experienced is with the vinyl windows.  The windows have a
tendency to blow out at temperatures below about -10C.  In 5 years of ice and snow
sailing I have blown out two windows.

The windows can endure lower temperatures if the sun is out.  So can I.  If the
window sounds like aluminum foil when shaken, it will likely blow out when you sail
it.  Covering the entire window with duct tape may prevent blow out.  If you leave
a small area uncovered, however, the small area will blow out.

Monofilm appears to be more durable at low temperatures but there are few data
available.  The sail manufacturers either don't know or don't care.

My  solution is to use old cloth sails that are expendable.  They are a dime a
dozen and you can still sail 3 times faster than the wind speed.

Moreover, if you can run a sewing machine you can replace a vinyl  window in less
than 30 minutes.

Have fun.

Quote:

> I have heard that some sails are not good in in very cold conditions.  Does
> anybody know about this.  Currently, my smallest sails are very nice Ezzys that
> I would prefer not to ruin.  Are Ezzys okay at -19 or do I need to buy special
> sails?

> Thanks in advance for any help,

> Bob


 
 
 

Sails for winter ice/snow sailing

Post by Joeyalbe » Sat, 14 Nov 1998 04:00:00

Quote:
>I have heard that some sails are not good in in very cold conditions.  Does
>anybody know about this.

I was also concerned when I first started Ice Sailing.  Charles, the Snowfer
designer, responded to my concerns by saing he has never had a problem.

After three seasons I can now say to you "I have also never had a problem"
Monofilm doesn't seem any more fragile in the cold.  I've even had rain and
sleet freeze on the sale and I just shake it off and go!