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Chris Potocnik

The New Revolution is Here !!

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Revolution is our board rider’s sail for onshore and bump’n’jump conditions. It features a smooth, limber power profile that is easily idled for aggressive board manoeuvers and sail tricks. With a bold new look for 2015 including bright colour ways and a new Crystal-X window panel, the NEW Revolution is easy to spot on the water.

Retro Vs Hucker – Comparison

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Retro 6.5m Vs Hucker 6.6m Comparison.

The biggest differences between the Retro 6.5 and the Hucker 6.6 are the shaping profile and rig tension. The Retro is much more forgiving to ride, especially over-powered because the shaping profile in the Retro really tapers out above the boom, so the head and upper leech are very free to release as the sail powers up. This keeps the center of effort low and balanced and makes the sail very easy to hang onto when powered up. The draft profile in the Retro is cut slightly further forward (than the Hucker) but the batten set is softer. The Retro has a clew cutout which shortens the boom length and keeps the swing weight lower.

The Hucker by comparison is much fuller in the draft profile in terms of overall shape, but also the depth is held progressively higher in the span of the sail. The Hucker sails still have progressive leech twist like the Retro, but the rate of twist is much less. The draft profile in the Hucker is cut slightly further aft but the batten set is stiffer than the Retro, add in the increased luff curve and this makes the Hucker feel much firmer, with a much higher center of effort. The higher center of effort is the heart of the Hucker design. It feels more lively  than the Retro and can feel very over-powering to novice riders, however, for experienced riders who enjoy/want a powered ride, especially taller, heavier riders, the Hucker is a dream come true. Big blokes have leverage and the Hucker serves up the power and stability. For these reasons the Hucker sails “ride big” for their size.

The Hucker to Retro power equivalency ratio is essentially this:

HK6.6    =    RT7.0
HK5.6    =    RT6.0
HK4.8    =    RT5.0
HK4.2    =    RT4.5

The difference between masts

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I have always rigged my Hucker 5.6mt with a Sailworks Joystick 75% carbon mast and it’s been very competitive across a wide wind range, then some weeks back whilst sailing at Sandy Point in a fresh SW wind of 25 – 27kts everything changed when I changed masts. I had sailed the morning on the Sailworks NX 6.2 race sail rigged with a NoLimitz Carbon Twill 95% 430 RDM, when changing sails it was easier to use that mast. Sailing the Hucker with the Carbon Twill – the difference was noticeable especially the acceleration, every aspect had improved and all things being equal my sailing buddy noticed it too.

The Twill Vs the Joystick, it has a higher stiffness of 26.2 to 23.6, carbon content 95%  to 75% and its the high modulus pre-preg construction where its characteristics evolve, making the Twill far more responsive with crash-proof durability.