THURSDAY, DECEMBER 22, 2016 1:37:14 PM
CANADA, flag Xxwindsurfer
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Downhaul

I always have difficulty setting my downhaul. Everything I have read suggests "minimal" downhaul.

It would be helpful to get a more useful guide. For example, how much downhaul from the point where the bottom of the sail sits before exerting any downhaul, or possibly how far the bottom of the sail would sit from the bottom of the mast when properly downhauled for each sail size for "average" or moderate wind conditions. (it seems that for these sails the amount of recommended downhaul does not change much from light to heavy winds)

I am only looking for a rough guide to start with.
Thanks


TUESDAY, JANUARY 17, 2017 2:28:12 PM Reply: #1 
SWEDEN, flag KonaOne
KonaOne

1. take downhole until the secon batten starts to fall of (from the top)
2. take outhoul to keep the shape on the sail.

Higher wind
more downhaul but just litle outhaul (a bit more)

Never take out the shap to flat, the sail need always an shape.

this works on all Kona One desig sail.


WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 18, 2017 12:53:58 AM Reply: #2 
CANADA, flag Xxwindsurfer
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Thank you for the reply but I am not really sure what you mean. Unfortunately I do not have other Kona sailors nearby for help. 


MONDAY, MARCH 20, 2017 4:45:01 PM Reply: #3 
USA, flag Darbonne
Darbonne

https://youtu.be/WFnM4xP4QdA

Hope this helps you.  Go to 7:40 for downhaul.  The sail needs to have a pocket (airfoil shape)  The leech should be relatively straight.  Not floppy like a typical RAF freeride sail.  Control the shape and power by outhaul tension.  On my 9.0 there is about 3 fingers width between the pulley on the foot and the cleat in the extension when downhauled.  I also sail alone with no other Kona sailors around.  I learned a lot by going to a Kona event.  Good luck.