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Thank you very much for the great sails!
This weekend I tried out my new spinnaker. It works great. In light winds, you can use it like a "gennaker" and sail nearly upwind—and when I`m going downwind I just give it more rope and it pulls itself forward and up like a kite and keeps its shape. With one word - amazing!
I sailed yesterday about 100 kilometers - half with the spinnaker. In a nice breeze up to ~12 knots and then... It got really windy - stormy - 20 knots and in a few minutes the lake was cooking - whitecaps everywhere and the waves were breaking.
Cleaned the boat and me! I never actually nosedived, but threw water / waves and oh my boat can "JUMP" (lol). Next time I bring my rainjacket and a flashlight with real batteries, not rechargeable ones. I made it back to the marina at around 10:30 pm.
Have a great week guys!
"Most boat owners know to winterize their engines, send messenger lines up the rig to keep their halyards out of the elements, and generally batten things down for the off season. But fewer are aware of the important steps required for properly storing sails. Too often, mainsails are left on the boom, and roller-furling headsails left wrapped around the headstay for the duration of the winter. This kind of exposure to mother nature will ultimately lessen the lifespan of those sails."
"Most sailors know the damage that continuous exposure to ultra-violet radiation can do to sails. But keep in mind that the heat from the sun can also be damaging, and it’s difficult to gauge. The ambient temperature might be 95 degrees in the boatyard, but it’s not uncommon for the surface temperature on an object—say a mainsail under its cover on a boom—to be 115 degrees. The cumulative effect of days spent in that kind of heat will be structural damage."
"Racing sailors in particular are keenly aware that once the breeze pipes up, you need to make certain adjustments to keep your sail shape optimized. With a mainsail, that begins with tweaking the halyard to achieve a luff tension that’s in the ballpark for the given conditions. Then—if your boat has a standard Marconi rig—you’ll begin making adjustments to the backstay, outhaul, and cunningham to fine-tune the sail’s overall shape. Of course, the most frequent adjustments are made using the traveler and the mainsheet, and on board the most aggressively raced sailboats, the latter is rarely cleated."
"Of all these controls, perhaps the one most overlooked by non-racing sailors is the outhaul. Most boat owners follow the ‘set it and forget it’ approach with this control line. But a properly attended outhaul can afford you surprising control over the lower portion of most mainsails. I say most mainsails because there are different design approaches to the foot section of these sails. On the vast majority of mainsails, you either have a foot that’s attached to the boom via slides or a bolt rope, or you have what is known as a loose-footed arrangement wherein just the tack and some portion of the clew are attached."
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The mainsail looks and performs great. As you told me, the oversized roach goes from side to side without any difficulty. We haven't had much opportunity to race with the asymmetrical yet, but from what I've seen so far - It's impressive. Your sails are just what you said - Great looking, great quality, and reasonably priced. Thank you for all your help. I've already started recommending FX to the other MSSA members.
This week, I was finally able to get out on the water with my 1974 Folbot and my new FX sails. What a huge difference from the old sails! They perform just as Bill said they would.
Many thanks for your ease of ordering and prompt delivery.
You couldn't have cut this sail any better. Foot length is perfect. Fairlead block is spot on at mid luff. Luff length is maxxed.
Super pleased. Dreaming of my next FX sail already.
We are still enjoying the fine sails you made for me close to five years ago. We finished 2nd in Rolex Race Week and thee sails are still fast!
Your satisfied customer,
My new sails made my old boat look and perform great all season!!!
Thank you for making such an excellent job of the Macgregor Venture 222 sail that arrived here in Kinburn, Ontario yesterday. We took the boat out this afternoon on the Ottawa River in strong winds under the new FX mainsail alone and she went like a charm.
Thought I would let you know the Mainsail is perfect. The sail fits perfectly and the boat is flying. I'll definitely be recommending FX Sails to all of my Dockmates.
Really enjoying the sails you made for me. Do not know how I ever sailed without a loose footed mainsail.
In one race I crossed the finish line first, 6 minutes 12 seconds ahead of the fleet. This year aiming for a 12 minute lead. Race course is 3 miles long.
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