|Barton (4366km): |
Lac Bay, Bonaire, Dutch Caribbean
GA Vapor 7.1, iSonic 107, Drake carbon slalom 40. Wind 16 -18 knots.
Today was 'new to me' sail/rig day :). Spent the early part of my normal beach time deciphering the drawings for the Chinook adjustable outhaul. Eventually understood the pictures, selected and mounted the clamps, ropes and pulleys. Taty arrive and confirmed I had done good :) . Stage two was rigging the Vapor 7.1 on the GA Boom and setting the adjustable outhaul line lengths. Again, with Taty's help, tasks completed.
I loaned Taty my GW-60 and he, another fellow that I need to learn his name, and Young Gun Jay-Anthony proceeded to do some laps while I'm still diddling around on the beach. By the time I hit the water they had disappeared over to the rental area - I followed but they had vanished into one of the rental shop areas. I took the time to redo the boom length which I believed was too short and making rotating the sail almost impossible. A couple of cm additional boom length seemed to do the trick as the GA would now rotate with effort similar to the Neil Pride EVO5 sails. Made the run back to the launch area and had a brief discussion with Taty about boom length and sail rotation. He took the gear out for a test drive and confirmed that it was now as he was used to it. He also commented that he actually like the 2015 iSonic 107 better than the 2017 iSonic 107 as each year Starboard has made the boards wider...
One last comment. With all the gear changes, I was surprised how comfortable the new equipment felt. The GA 180-230 carbon booms must be at least 10 cm wider in the middle of the boom than the Maui Sails carbon boom (based on overlaying the two booms). The GA boom has a larger diameter which surprised me as being more comfortable. And Lastly, harness lines: the 30 inch harness lines were absolutely NOT an issue and felt pretty darn comfortable (big grin and laugh from Taty when I mentioned this too him :) ).