Yes, it's me the Coz. I have to change my on-line identity often due
to my constant battle with the forces of evil we super heros always
face like identity thieves. I'll keep my eye out for an RDM 490. You
also recommend >>aggressive<< downhaul so I take it that you mean
exceeding the >>official<< recommendations. I realize you might not be
able to publish this due to warrantee issues so just nod your head,
Monty, and I'll understand. Now, just because I repaired the sail
myself, doesn't mean that it hasn't been repaired!!! I may replace
the panel if I'm not satisfied with the repair, but right now I'm
rather proud of it. If it doesn't hold up to my satisfaction, I'll
have Gerda in Marston Mill's replace the panel. (Just a plug for a
good lady who does good work.) I don't think I'll replace the whole
sail quite yet. One thing I'ld like to add about this 8.4 would be
that I have found it easy to gibe, no harder than smaller sails with
> Is this still Coz?
> I stand corrected!, our 04 O2 Freerace were not recommended for rdms.
> 490 is the longest rdm available, it is the best mast for our 8.4 but
> as it seems to be a rare item the 04 Warranty&trim card does not
> specify the 8.4 as recommended for a rdm.
> It was in 05 that Loftsails changed from tack eyelets to integrated
> tack pulleys.
> I hope you will have your sail repaired!
> Good winds, Monty
> > The sail I have was bought late in '04 and came with a card which has a
> > Loft 2004 features section and a table titled Mast/Boom specifications
> > that doesn't include RDM's in the Rec.Mast or Compatible Mast entries
> > for the 8.4 It also has a Mast entry of 513 and a Mast Ext. of 23. On
> > the sail it states Mast Ext. 23 with trim hook. Of course when the
> > gusts hit over 30 for a short period, I realized I had to get back to
> > shore ASAP. I'ld like to read those mag reviews from Planchmag France
> > and Wind mag in the language they were written even though they cover
> > sails differently constructed than mine. The mast I'm using is a 60%
> > carbon freerace and may be very top stiff, I don't know. As to the
> > panels, I put a large rip the middle mono panels above the boom when I
> > was jousted by one of those gusts that have been so common this season
> > where I sail. I was able to make a good repair so I haven't replaced
> > the panel, yet. The repaired panel hasn't effected the way the sail