MauiSails have three ‘wave’ ranges on offer: the Global, Legend and Ghost XT. The Global (tested here) is their power wave targeted at fast high wind sailing, all types of wavesailing and freestyle. The Legend is focused more on cross-shore riding, while the Ghost XT is essentially a lightweight version of the Legend.
The Global is one of the lighter sails in this test at just 3.71kg. The luff length of 425cm sits within the middle of this group, while the boom length of 177cm is one of the longest.
With virtually no pre-set shape in the battens the Global sets a little differently to most of the sails within this group, and as such looks very flat on the beach. Once loaded up the fullness pulls into the sail (in a fairly rearward position), while the front of the sail remains fairly flat.
Initially we used the sail with the ‘recommended setting’, but found it pulling hard and relatively heavy in the hands. We then added some more downhaul (which looked a lot on the beach, but was okay on the water) and the sail seemed to lighten up and work a bit better. It’s noticeable that the power is further back on the Global than on nearly all of the other sails in this group, and that the sail has a finer entry than most.
Sizes: 4.0, 4.2, 4.5, 4.7, 5.0, 5.4, 5.8, 6.2, 6.8
Tested on: 400cm
Size tested: 5.4m
The Global is again quite different in feel to most of the other sails within this group. The finer entry and more rearward pull position make it more critical to sheeting angle, while the flatter unloaded profile means that the sail feels quite low on power until it loads up. Once loaded up there’s plenty of ‘grunt’ from the sail, but to be honest, with recommended settings we found it very difficult to turn this ‘grunt’ into forward drive.
With more downhaul added the sail lightened up a bit (at the cost of some bottom end power) and felt smoother. But even with this setting the Global generally felt a little heavier in the hands than most of the other sails (despite the lower material weight).
The Global has a reasonably soft, springy feel to it, coupled with a moderate power delivery. With less downhaul there’s loads of grunt once the sail loads up, yet we found it hard to turn this into early planing performance. It’s not bad, but with all that grunt in the hands we expected it to be amongst the first to plane. At the top end the rearward pull position, finer entry and softer feel ultimately limit control.
On the wave the lighter material weight and the ease at which it depowered made the sail feel quite agile and manoeuvrable. The rearward pull position was actually quite useful for snapping tighter, more back-footed turns.
The Global is a sail with a lot of ‘grunt’, but we struggled to turn this into useful power. At the bottom end we expected to get better planing performance from it, while at the top end it was a little harder work than some of the other sails. Nevertheless, the lower material weight and ease of depowering made it feel quite agile on a waveface, and the rearward pull position gave it a more locked-in feel for flat water blasting.
Right to reply...
I must admit that we were very surprised to read some of the comments in this test in regards to the top end range and power delivery of the Global as they were in such contrast not only to our own daily testing but to all the regular feedback that we have received from our customers, riders and other comparative tests about the excellent power and range of our sails.
After noting the comments and looking at the photos it became immediately obvious that the sails tuning was significantly off during the test. More downhaul as well as a proportionally greater positive outhaul tension should have been applied to the Global, locking the draft position more forward as well as providing a more direct response, forward drive and nice light handling on the top end. Statically on the beach, when rigged correctly the Global will appear to have significant but progressive pre-twist to the leech and while it may not look like it has much shape initially, as soon as you (or the wind) bend the mast you quickly see the very defined profile entering the front of the sail, most significant below and above the boom and nicely tapering to a flatter upper profile.
This test highlights the importance of being familiar with your sails tuning and the fact the 5mm is noticeable while 10mm can make a big difference to the handling characteristics of a sail. Also the relationship between the outhaul and downhaul is important. Too little outhaul relative to your downhaul and the leech blows out allowing the draft to move up and back. Too much outhaul and a sail can lose power and feel a bit on-off. The correct balance and your sail will have an excellent combination of low end power and drive, a stable draft and nice release in the gusts.
It was unfortunate that we did not have any communication with Boardseeker during the test regarding the tuning of our sails or that none of the test crew had any experience with riding or tuning them.
Next time, we will make sure that there is clear communication about tuning or better yet, follow the other brands example and have a representative present to ensure that the sails are rigged correctly.