"Don't have any at present." (x 4)
"Seems to be a large learning curve in the proper uses of
traditional sail usage."
"I'm an intermediate windsurfer. I like my current rig (430
fibrespar 3200 mast, NP Zone 5.6 sail and NP boom) but need to get more
sails for different conditions as my current rig only suits 14-21 knots
for someone of my (65kg) weight (my gear purchases are currently limited
by lack of funds!)."
"Fairly easy, too expensive, look good but used on a sea kayak,
need a faster system of reefing and stowing."
"yeah - pretty good big fan of Neil Pryde."
"Cost is right and give good performance."
"Fairly easy to use if on the costly side."
"6 sails is too many. The one I currently use the most is my
7.5! I have often thought about a sail than can be adaptable (i.e.
remove sections of the leech or rolls around the mast)."
"Often modern windsurfing sails have an extremely high centre of
effort; the transition rig sounds as if it may address this."
"I use mainly Demon windsurfing sails on Nautix carbon masts.
The kit is light and well made and will obviously last years. The sail
is fairly easy to rig and is comfortable to sail in varying
windstrengths. I use my 7.5 up F5 then switch to a 5.9. Last month I was
sailing with a 3.3 Gaastra in F8, gusting 9 in Dahab. My kit is at the
more expensive end but given its expected lifetime, should be good
"Modern windsurf sails are a vast step up from 5-10 years ago in
lightness, handling and (least important to me) top speed."
"Excellent with enough challenge so that my windsurfing is not
easy; I'd lose interest if it were. Masts and sails are too expensive
but modern sails look great."
"Windsurfing rigs are fine, but you do require a quiver of
several sails for different wind strengths, and also associated masts,
booms etc. This adds to the cost. I think they look good and work well,
the new designs have a good wind range."
"Present designs too bulky. Rigging and storing complicated. For
every level a different sail, mast boom."
"Easily over powered. Need many sails (windsurfing) to cover a
range of conditions and sailing abilities."
"They seem old-fashioned, save some of the newer sail
"I am Danish and have both a dinghy and a sailboat 39 feet. The
present rig is difficult to handle when sailing singlehanded. The mast,
rigging and sails are very costly."
"Quite good actually."
"Mine work well enough for now. always willing to learn."
"Too limited; much fooling about with standing rigging."
"Masts, simple yet effective. The only possible improvement in
windsurfing masts is diameter, the current is too large. Weight is
already impressive, does your mast weight under 1.5kg, cos that's what
the one I use weighs in at. Sails, windsurfing sails are already using
twist principles (esp north/ezzy, which twist without excessive loose
leech). Can you use the size in the same windstrengths?"
"Lateen sail rig for kayak, not very efficient."
"OK. I would like cheaper but... I am one who uses only ONE sail
for windsurfing -- can't be bothered with decisions of ‘which to
"Carbon mast, sails for cross off wave sailing only."
"We learned to use them, but the problems begin when the
conditions become rougher. It is difficult to decrease the area of the
sails on a dinghy when you are sailing."
"Difficult and clumsy to use."
"Not currently a boat owner. Planning to build a small James
Wharram designed out rigger canoe. Crab claw sail rig is the intended
design. Tried it once on lake, easy to use and construct, very cheap,
looks unusual but 'groovy'."
"Not easy to use. Rigid and difficult to handle, especially in
"They do their jobs."
"Current masted sails are cheap and easy to use, however
stepping the mast is a bit of a pain."
"Sails can be complicated if you don't know how they work.
Current, or "modern" sails haven't even been around that long,
but plenty of people have learned to sail using them. I personally have
always thought the cost of boats was a little high, but I grew up on the
Chesapeak Bay, so there was never a shortage of boats to sail. I'm
inland a bit more now, but we have some lakes around here. I'd like to
find a nice, portable sailboat I could take out daysailing."
"Ease of use of current sails is not exactly easy, especially on
the large boat my professor has, cost I can't even begin to imagine but
I'm sure no matter the cost it's still nothing attractive."
"Bermudan rigs are pretty mature. Cost and ease of use are close
to optimal in performance. You are on the right track, there is a
parallel between sails and wings... and the foils in the water
"A pain in the head, but tried and true."
"Sailworks & Simmer sails, 4.0 thru 7.5. Carbon masts. Ease
of use is ok for setup, but can be very difficult for high-performance:
tweaking (adjusting downhaul, outhaul, battens, boom position, mast
"Gosh, never really thought about it. They're certainly
expensive (esp. carbon rigs and molded sails), but other than that I can
live with them."
"I enjoy using current systems of masts, sails and rigging and
understand them well."
"Cumbersome, but functional."
"I have a 29' junk rigged cruising sailboat. I like the rig very
much for it's ease of handling and safety. Appearance is gorgeous. Cost;
"What I grew up with."
"I am annoyed by the necessity for stays and struts. If the
'wing' were "self-stabilizing" under load, such that the
aspect-ratio were a function of wind-speed then I think you'd have a
"I sail lasers primarily, and therefore find them pretty easy to
use/lug around. It does take a bit of time to get everything rigged up
properly but is well worth it!"
"Existing masts/sails/rigging can be time consuming to set up
and strike, but once learned can easily be done without much
"Tradition has its values, but they are a bit cumbersome."
"I don't really know anything about masts and sails."
"Sailboarder... They're fine as-is."
"Cost and appearance are fine. I have a Laser and I am sorely
disappointed with the effort necessary to raise and lower the sail. It
requires stepping the mast. I was dumbfounded that my Sailfish (similar
to an AMF Sunfish) had a simpler system (large gaff and boom)."
"They are traditional (boringly white) main and headsails that
came with the boat. We sail on a reservoir in which the winds are very
variable, shifts constantly, and has strong gusts. We really should have
multiple sails - from light sails to heavy. Because of the wind
variability we find ourselves changing our headsail from a jib to a
genoa and back on the same day; and from full main to reefed main."
"Modern fractional rigs are a delight. The progress in
technology over the last 15 years is astounding. IOR Masthead rigs
"One often wonders if there has been any serious thought in the
past several hundred about sail and mast design."
"Appearance could be worked on but not too showy, is there was
some easier way to roll a sail that would be great, and they are quite
expensive, but isn't in boating?"
"I have not owned one. Took sailing in college and occasionally
"I don't own a boat currently but I have sailed. I'm fairly
happy with current technology. Reefing provides decent adjustability and
it seems like current technology provides near optimized shapes for
"Appearance is fine. I have a Saroca, 16' boat with a two-part
"Could be lighter, easier to handle and cheaper."
"Nice, but time consuming to set up and expensive."
"Seem to work okay. :-)"
"They suck. I've been sailing on and off for 30 years, started
out on a 110-foot gaff-rigged ketch, have sailed gaff, Marconi, lateen,
and square in all shapes and sizes. I hate them all; the basic
tensioning and adaptability of these rigs is just far more complicated
than it needs to be, too rigid and complex. They *separate* you from the
wind and what it is doing. Have you ever spent time adjusting and tuning
outhaul, downhaul, vang and cunningham to get .25 more mph in light
winds? You know what I mean."
"I am the second owner of a kit made dinghy. The boat is very
similar to a Wayfarer. The current rig is very easy to use single handed
due to some modifications that were made."
"Haven't sailed in over 18 years, so cannot comment"
"Good considering that the technology being used in current mast
and sail production lags far behind what should be expected considering
the rate of innovation in today’s world."
"Reliable, standardized, expensive."
"I don't own any yet, mainly due to the need for several sizes
of equipment for several wind velocities. Considering buying a sheetable
kite for it's versatility, but you still need several sizes."
"Great, once, but now that I'm disabled, w/ use of only 1 arm, I
realize that sailing will now require special devices. Any ideas?
"They are fine, just boring."
"I sail skiff's off the coast of Nova Scotia Canada. For the
last two years I've sailed a 29er class skiff produced by byte boats.
They are capable of actually exceeding windspeed while headed downwind
due to the asymmetrical spinnaker. My current mast is aluminum, with a
carbon fiber tip. the aluminum is great because it doesn't flex too
much, which allows for a generally stiffer rig for acceleration. the
carbon fiber tip will flex when a large puff hits the rig, spilling the
top part of the sail, which means that the sailors on board don't have
to correct as much, by letting out the sail, which slows the boat
"I usually sail Lasers, and they are easy to use. I sail at the
parks department, so it's free."
"Only rent, they’re ok."
"I have up to date, modern gear in good condition. I find the
sails generally easy to rig with the exception of my 9.3 meter race sail
which is a bitch to rig. The carbon masts are very good, being light and
strong. The cost of gear is a strain on a modest budget for sure. The
appearance of the rigs is quite colorful and attractive in my
"High quality equipment that is used in the Columbia River
gorge, Oregon surf, Maui, and Puget Sound. Easy to use, light, and
"I've been off the water for quite a while, but recall
windsurfer sail technology as making great strides a few years
"Existing masts and sails do their job very well. With a little
experience and a new set of sails in most classes it is possible to
create many useful shapes. Traditional rigs are now being superceded by
many interesting variants e.g. America’s cup boats, or the huge wing
masts on wind speed record cats."
"Not a whole lot of flexibility there, don't really want to pay
for another set of sails for different weather. Appearance doesn't
matter as much..."
"Lame, stodgy, and gray are words that come to mind."
"29' cruising boat with conventional sloop rig. Aluminum spars.
Jiffy reefing system. 110% & 150% Genoas. Symmetrical masthead
spinnaker. This system fine for my type of sailing - short cruises, day
sailing, club racing."
"I am a board sailor, and like the fact that the type of sails
that I use are efficient, light, and work well. I don't like the fact
that I must change sails with changing wind conditions. My limited time
on the water is often limited even more by the need to rig a new sail.
Thus the appeal of this design."
"Much better than all previous generations of my old ones, but
yes - expensive."
"Inflexible - either fast and dangerous or slow and safe. Modern
rigs don't easily reef and the rigging gets ever more complex - and easy
to trip over when moving around the boat."
"I race one design, I have no real say in what the size, cost
and other things are."
"I'm mostly interested in canoes, so a lightweight and easy to
pack solution seems essential. Traditional masts and sails do not always
provide the simple and small size packing requirements."
"Hey, you know that they cost a lot. In Ct, USA you need to
cover 5.0 - 8+. That means two full rigs are required and they don't
come cheap. Four and five batten sails are always a drag to rig. We'd
all rather be out on the water than sitting rigging/tuning."
"As a racing sailor, appearance is not an issue, performance and
ease of use is. CF while very expensive is tough to beat, while extruded
aluminium is heavy but more affordable."
"I love to sail, hate stepping masts. I like light boats with
huge sail area... hobies, lasers, etc but have very little patience for
properly stepping a mast after trailering a boat out to the ocean every
"I'm a windsurfer, beginner to intermediate. I think the latest
existing windsurfing sails are great, but (de)rigging is a pain in the
"Cumbersome, specialty driven for different conditions and when
reefing become sub optimal"
"Ease of use: Easier the more you do it. Hard for a beginner.
Depending on rigging, can be downright frustrating to fine tune for
conditions. Cost: Too expensive for many people. Appearance:
"Well, once I used crutches and a sheet to make a sail with an
inflatable rubber raft. It worked well, but you had to hold the
crutches, and that became difficult in high winds."
"Expensive, easy to break, beautiful, high-maintenance,
difficult to transport and store (always being longer than the
"Don't currently have a sailboat"
"Main problem is sizing in variable conditions. Rigging time
cuts into sailing time; especially when winds are short lived."
"I'm a shoestring (budget) sailor, usually buy used sails and
boards, new spars. I am satisfied with what I've got but I'm always
looking for a silver bullet which will combine low price, high
performance, rig itself, last forever and always look great."
"Generally easy to use, except for the fact that I have seven
sails to choose between. Cost is nearly prohibitive for new sails.
Appearance is good, Mostly monofilament now. Durable, light, although
prone to catastrophic overpowered crashes due probably to too large a
fin. Prefer wave sails for ease of use, but race sails are certainly
more stable and capable of handling gusts more predictably."
"All used stuff, '92-7 vintage variety of sails 5--7.5 and still
going strong if you don't mind taped mylar and so forth. Takes 15
minutes to rig or switch."
"My 10.5 sq/m camber induced sailboard sail is good for a range
of winds up to 12 kts then it bends off to leeward and depowers even
with a carbon mast."
"Sailboats have always been a warm spot for me. They are so
graceful and beautiful in their curves and straight lines, but it takes
years of experience to use one proficiently. I personally really like
the sails of the Junk boats of China with their wonderfully colored
"Your rig design is a logical progression from what we currently
have, but I assume the technology was not available earlier to allow it.
Adaptability to changing wind conditions along with ease of use are
incredible design aspects. Apply to this an eye for aesthetics, and you
have something truly great."
"They all work for me. I select a sail and can rig and be on the
water in an acceptable time. I suspect cost is determined primarily by
what the market will bear and not by the cost of materials, production,
overhead or distribution."
"Not so easy on a kayak. I have used most types, but still come
back to the golf umbrella with appropriate wind/direction."
"Windsurfing, Neil Pryde V8 sails (5.5m, 7.0m) 2 piece mast (75%
carbon)Good sails very fast, but rigging creases the fabric, causing