From: JEFF COHEN, Los Angeles , CA
Date: Wed Apr 10, 2002 3:25 pm
Subject: SAILMAKER ISSUES
Many folks on this list have bashed SABRE SAILS because of poor service and poor quality sails.....
I for one....have to disagree. We switched to a Sabre cross-cut kevlar main late last season. We have been doing extremely well with it.
Two weeks ago we completed a 150 mile offshore race in conditions that ranged from 20-25kts on the nose with 10-12 foot seas during daylight hours to tight reaching in 20-30kts overnight. The final 67nm was completed in under four hours.....with the final 21nm done in 50 minutes. My simple math shows that to be close to 25kts. The distance and times are substantiated via gps and computer log. Its believed that we dropped the course record by one hour thirty five minutes.
But back to the sail issue...... we knew we were ahead of the course record and didnt want to take the tme to reef.....and expected the wind to drop as we got closer to shore (as it did).....so we de-powered the main with excessive downhaul.....any of you racing with the "new" aluminum rig know that its way too stiff....and much too difficult to bend...
Well....we had some damage to the cloth below the ring at the top of the sail....not enough to prevent us from racing offshore the following weekend. And this sail has been pushed really hard in some nasty condtions...
I left a message for them and prior to getting to my office on Monday morning, they had already arranged round trip Fed Ex -overnight service for the sail.....(ON THEIR QUARTER!!!) All I had to do is get in into a box. When the sail arrived, and they looked it over...they called and reviewed what they saw....and inquired if there were any sail shape issues that needed to be looked at......nope.....Then Bob joked that next time we need to send something.....maybe it should be sent dry...... :-) I applaud them for the service they are putting out!!!
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Date: Mon, 20 Aug 2001 11:28:54 EDT
Subject: Re: Mainsail Boltrope Sytem
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my old main had similar problems and the construction loooked very similar. Our new sail by Sabre Sails ( Fort Walton Beach , Fla ) goes up and down withe ease!! the primary issue is that the luff curve on the old sail did not match the mast curve. Add to this that the Sabre sail is signicantly faster and easier to shape
than my old one and it was a no brainer!!!
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