Now that we have a website back, anybody got some input on early-planing wavesails, in the 4.7 to 5.0 range.
The old 4.7 is coming to the end of its useful-life, and with the end of the Pryde Zone era, it's time to evaluate what else is on the market.
This is the type of sail I'm thinking about: http://www.windsport.com/gear_article?news_id=1266
Same concept : http://www.continentseven.com/2012/03/13/naish-chopper-4-batten-concept-video/
Key ingredients are : early planing (light), neutral and stable feeling when not sheeted in, ability to control the power easily on the wave, ability to stay intact during long swims, clear windows, etc
Don't like: sails that keep their belly-shape when sheeted out, long boom-length (my 5.0 Zone), have front or back hand pull when a gust hits, etc
Thinking about the Goya Banzai (seen the guys sailing prototypes about 0.5m smaller than usual). Who all's sailing the 4-batten sails ? What's the verdict ?
Gonna be more for cross-offshore conditions, for some down-the-line riding. Control in the air, will be a bonus.