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Gun Sails Nexus 2008


     

“brand new 2008 sails cost the same as the 2007 sails…”

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you class yourself as a free rider (cracking that gybe and blasting around) but may like to try some basic freestyle, then this could be the sail for you. The sail has been re-designed for 2008 and in its new colour scheme, we think it looks pretty cool. As always, the pricing from Gun Sails is very competitive.

The smallest size (4.6m) is the only sail in the range with 5 battens and being 100% X-Ply it should be capable of resisting the classic catapult onto the sail, harness hook first! As such, Gun Sails recommend this size as a perfect beginners sail.

Over to Renato Morlotti, Gun Sails designer:

The main aspiration for the 2008 re-design of this cross over sail was the performance. Except for the 4.6, all sizes are now equipped with six battens for more performance and a more stable centre of effort. This means early planing, acceleration and speed combined with ease of handling for flat and choppy water conditions. But being a versatile sail, it can also absorb jumps and small waves, thanks to the 100% x-ply construction.

Note: If you are more of a wave sailor and would like to do some freestyle as well, then go for the Torro. Full report on the Torro here.

Key Features

  • 100% x-ply construction.
  • Equal compatibility for standard or RDM mast.
  • Moderate leech for optimal combination of handling and speed.
  • 6 batten concept with 1, 2 or 3 tube battens, depending on size and range of use, for improved handling and more performance.

The Stats

Size Boom

Mast

Batten Top Weight
(kg)
*Price
(UK)

4.6 168 412 5 vario 3.50 £251
5.1 176 418 6 vario 4.10 £258
5.6 184 453 6 vario 4.20 £268
6.1 192 458 6 fix 4.40 £275
6.6 197 468 6 fix 4.60 £283

Cost: See table above
Availability: Only from Gun Sails’ websites. UK site: www.gunsails.co.uk

For more info about Gun Sails wave sail range check out the Boardseeker Equipment feature including an interview with Gun Sails designer Renato Morlotti.

To watch Renato talk through the whole process of sail design at the Gun Sails design centre in Tarifa go to the Boardseeker Special Feature.

 

     
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