SAIL INFO


 

In this section you will find a lot of information regarding questions you might want to ask us about our sail products. When the info on the site is not enough for you to decide which product is best for you, please contact us at info@ponit-7.com.

WAVE: Swag, Salt, Sado? Which is my style?
Wave sails are all about style, our sails rip with any rider whatever the conditions; it’s just finding out which one suits your style! All sails have excellent planing performance. The Sado is all about power, drive and stability. Heavier riders, onshore conditions or even blasting oriented riders will be able to get the most out of this power house sail! The Salt, with its super compact outline and 4-batten lay out, is all about manoeuvrability. Profile only on the lower batten, and flat entry on the other battens, good batten rotation around the mast sleeve, will give slightly less power in the riders hands and a lighter feel. Compact and dynamic whilst still maintaining drive the Salt is all about taking your moves to the next level of new school wave sailing and freestyling. The Salt is the perfect wave/freestyle sail for riders wanting a highly reactive feel. The Swag having a profile more similar to the Sado, will instead loose completelly all the power, after a nice drive in the bottom turn, when going for the cut back. An on|off profile for great wave sailing performance. The lightest in the range due to the 3 batten displacement.

SLALOM WITH OR WITHOUT CAM: (AC-K VS AC-X) When having to choose from these two sails, the question you need to ask yourself is very simple: Do I like cambers? Yes= cam, No= easy no cam! Both sails are having very high end speeds and do not suffer to be overpowered. The planning ability is the same and their differences are only coming from the wider mast sleeve and cambers on the cam sails. A no cam slalom sail even if it has all the performance as a pure slalom sail, it is as easy to manoeuvre as a real free ride sail. Easy to water start as the mast pocket is smaller, light to uphaul and simple to rig. The P7 no cam profile system allows the sail to neutralize completely during the jibe and this is a big advantage to cam sails, as it forgives any mistakes. The Cam sails has a very good cam rotation, but as any cam sail you need a good timing to make a smooth jibe. The acceleration is immediate compared to a no cam due to the profile maintained by the cams. Going upwind it keeps a higher speed. This last 2 points are good advantages during a race and not for fun sailing. If your gybing is not perfect, maybe the no cam could give the advantage to local race events. A no cam sail could rig with both sdm or rdm masts.

PRO RACING OR AM RACING? (AC-1 VS AC-K)Is my technical level high enough for the a top level sail ? Are you racing professionally ? The AC-1 would be your choice. Do you sail slalom for fun and you love cambers but still want to be the king of the spot or get a national title? The AC-K will still give you enough speed and acceleration on a race course to go satisfy your demand. The AC-K idea is to have simple racing sail. Not a free ride with cambers! The advantage of the AC-1 to the AC-K, is showing up only when being on the same size sails and both start to get really heavily overpowered. At this moment the AC-1 will be able to hold easier the strength of the wind and get an immediate acceleration. To hold on to such conditions you need to be fit, otherwise a smaller size in AC-K will be very annoying to cambered sails. So, if you think that you are not able to hold on to a big sails in strong wind, the AC-K will be a better choice. You will have a smaller sail to get maximum performance without having to get too overpowered. If your gybing is not followed by the best technique, the AC-K will help to get faster around a slalom course compared to the AC-1.

HF FREERIDE OR AC-X NO CAM SLALOM? Both sails are more friendly oriented sails. The HF in our case, is the real no compromise manoeuvrable free ride sail to be used on any free ride board. With a good free ride board, all you will need to worry about is to enjoy windsurfing. While the AC-X our slalom offer a more slalom influence to the HF due to a more slalom outline and extra 2 batten. Your board choice could help you choose between the sails model. If you are looking for a more advanced freeride sail the AC-X can be an interesting sport slalom sail. The AC-X will pull you out from the relaxing side of windsurfing, and will welcome you to challenge the surfers who will even be on full slalom race gear.

 

FAQ: and if you have more contact us and we'll give you all the answers

How does the black monofilm react to the sun? The Black metalized monofilm , produced in the US, completely blocks the suns UV-Rays. The damaging effect of the UV, which normally burns transparent monofilm, is thus eliminated. The added metalized particles help to reflect heat from the sun and added thickness of the material guarantees durability. The overall look of the sails will therefore not change with time and usage.

Why is the central window orange? After 252 hour sun exposure, the UV resistant window material fades only 10%. Another inovative progress made by Point-7 in the spirit of delivering the best quality products by supplying sails that will stay new with time.

Which sails can be rigged on rdm masts? All Point-7 sails can be used on rdm masts except for the AC-1 and AC-K (the 5.8m AC-K can be use with a 400 rdm mast).

Why do some sails use a short mast and longer extension? The sail will feel lighter in handling. The softer mast will better absorb chop and waves for more control in stronger winds. In light wind, the rig will feel lighter to pump to get on plane.

Can a Point-7 sail rig on a non Point-7 mast? Yes, for certain. All masts fit Point-7 sails. A 100% efficiency is obtained by using Point-7 masts.

Which side should I rig my sail? Sails are printed on both sides. Battens are alternate for performance reasons. There is no right or wrong side. The sail is perfectly symmetric; your choice. Sails are rolled from port tack side as it makes it normally easier to insert the mast.

Do I need to rinse my sail after sailing? Rinsing the sail from salt and sand will help the product to last longer.

Can I leave my sail in the sun? Yes sure. 100% of the monofilm is UV resistant. Though, keeping the sail out of the sun when not in use, does help the sail and mast in staying new with time.

Can a Point-7 sail be fixed? Every single individual sail piece can be replaced in order to make the sail be back like at the origin. No printing is used on the monofilm.

Can I use other battens in case I break them in the shore break? Standard battens can be used to replace any broken ones. In case you wont find them, we have them available.

 

BATTENS

 

It’s very difficult to break battens unless you end up in shore breaks or catapult hard on the sail. Normally the only battens which may break are the slalom battens as they have a hollow middle tube which is more fragile than the wave sail battens. Breaking a batten is nothing too difficult to repair yourself as long as you have some spare parts. With our racing sails we always include spare parts so that if you crash at an event you will have all parts to quick repair it, and not miss your heat. If it happens that you break a batten in your Point-7 sail, and you have no parts, you can e-mail us, and we will send you all the spare parts needed or you can contact your local sail maker and he will also be able to fix batten for you as no special Point-7 parts are needed. To fix a batten yourself it’s important to understand how the batten is actually assembled in the batten pocket of the sail.

There are 3 types of battens:

Batten A: this is a very simple batten used in wave and free ride sails. It’s one piece, and it goes directly to the batten tensioner. If you break one of these battens you just need the batten piece out. Cut a new batten down to the right length, and insert it back into the sail. A cap is placed at the batten end to protect the sail from being cut at the tip of the batten and with time grind thru the sail material at the batten pocket end.

Batten B: this batten type is mainly used in slalom or freeride sails. The tubular batten in the middle section is giving extra stiffness and stability to the profile. It’s a hollow piece and easier to break in extreme condition wipe outs. To insert this extra piece between the batten, the batten ferrule cones are used as shown in the diagram. Everything is put together by pressure.

Batten C: the three piece batten is used in very long battens in FW sails mainly. The 2 tubes are put together by using resin and a pin to block them.

 

 

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