You can't PRY old Hurricanes out of many Gorge sailors' hands since Doug quit
making them. But as good as they were, there are many RAFs/camless sails these
days whose top end wind range will eat up a 1990 Hurricane. Jeez, very few
things rule for 10 years without changes. But the guys on late model Hurricanes
ain't lettin' go for good reason. But leech twist was prettty hard to come by
in 1988, so the worst sails of today probably have greater top end stability
than the best of 1988, at least if they're the same type. But bottom end
(lulls) may be a different story; old sails had grunt in spades.
As for the newsgroup post issue ... Earthlink's Newsgroup Technical Support
Forum contains many scores, maybe hundreds, of complaints. I am not alone. Of
course., Earthlink denies any problems exist.
Ignore the NLWTFWNM crap; blame Earthlink
Subject: Re: relative effective sail size - new vs old sails
"Mark H." wrote
"I expect that [compared to] older large sails, there is much greater range,
especially top end, and greater performance overall to be gained with newer
sails. How about smaller, older RAFs? Are they obsolete?
For example, I have an '88 5.1 Windwing Convertible. It has always
performed excellently for me in the conditions for which it's appropriate.
Granted, I still have it because I am not a sailor that frequents those
conditions very often, although the sails were built bulletproof. Top end
it has always had. Always has allowed me to handle the biggest gusts. Now,
maybe lowend is greater in newer sails that size, so if I upgrade I will get
through the lulls better?
How about late '80s RAFs, what were billed as "wave" sails - in the 4.5-5
range, Hurricane or Simmer sails? Opinions?
>Mike F wrote...
> And why can't I find the original post of this thread? I think I'm missing
MANY original posts,
> judging by, well, the large number of original posts I can't access.
(Lucky for you folks!) Am I the
> only one experiencing this the last five days?
Could be your server...probs in the NW...What is your browser? MS Outlook?
Sometimes the application "burps" and you need to reset your headers. At
least that was a fix when I was missing posts a couple months back.