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Gaastra Nitro 3 and Bic Techno?

 
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aaa_jay



Joined: 31 Jul 2002
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 18, 2004 8:48 pm    Post subject: Gaastra Nitro 3 and Bic Techno? Reply with quote

I am looking to upsize to at least a 7.5m sail to sail on my Techno E-Large (135 L). Is this a good sail for just blasting about and early planing?

I sail on the north shore of Lake Erie in fairly gusty conditions. Average windspeed is probably around 14-17 mph.

I weigh 170 lbs and am an intermediate level sailor.

Thanks, Jay
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ray123



Joined: 09 Jul 2000
Posts: 63

PostPosted: Sat Sep 18, 2004 9:33 pm    Post subject: RE: Gaastra Nitro 3 and Bic Techno? Reply with quote

Hey,
I dont know about the Gaastra Nitro, but I have a bic techno and I bought a couple of bic sails(7.8 and 8.Cool when Water-Play in Florida was having a sale a year or two ago-and I can say that the techno really excels in the 6.5 to 9.0 range. A 7.5 on a techno in 15 mph winds sounds just about perfect. Have fun.
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carl



Joined: 25 Feb 1997
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Location: SF bay area

PostPosted: Sat Sep 18, 2004 10:14 pm    Post subject: RE: Gaastra Nitro 3 and Bic Techno? Reply with quote

In a word: no.
The race sails are ment for sailing very overpowered in races so they do not have the low end power for early planing. Plus theyre a hassle to rig and they have thinner less-durable monofilm. Stick to freeride sails.
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aaa_jay



Joined: 31 Jul 2002
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 19, 2004 7:16 am    Post subject: RE: Gaastra Nitro 3 and Bic Techno? Reply with quote

Thanks, Carl. Ill keep looking.
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leonw



Joined: 04 May 2000
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 20, 2004 10:01 am    Post subject: RE: Gaastra Nitro 3 and Bic Techno? Reply with quote

If you want to stick with a Gaastra, the GTX is a great blast around sail. Another great option is the Sailworks Retro. Both can be tuned for a wide range of conditions. The Techno is a fun, easy board to sail and can easily carry a 8.5, if you ever decide to go that big. Have big fun.....Leon
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