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Aerotech Charge 5.5

Jun 9, 2010

On the water: Even though this is Aerotech’s hardcore wavesail, it still has plenty of speed and efficiency for bump-and-jump use as well. The batten below the boom is cut a little lower than on most wavesails and helps keep the lower part of the sail stable. Its low draft and unique clew-cut also combine to make the Charge feel way lighter than the beefy all-grid construction would imply. The flat profile and soft head give it the neutral handling in transitions needed in wave and freestyle conditions. These features also make it more reactive to fluctuations in the wind, so that advanced riders are never without feedback from the sail and can use the wind for maximum efficiency. We recommend that heavier riders (unless you are an efficient sailor) tune to the minimum downhaul setting to give it a slightly deeper draft.

Rigging: Despite a huge recommended tuning range, the Charge is fairly easy to figure out thanks to the clean manner in which the leech twists-off. This makes it much easier to actually observe what adding downhaul tension is doing to your sail, plus the interactive rig guide will help you remember your preferred tuning setting from one session to the next. It doesn’t take much rope movement to make adjustments, so take care while duplicating your favourite setting. The straight luff curve leads to less outhaul tension, so there isn’t a large adjustment range. As with the downhaul, familiarity will let you see and feel minor adjustments.
 

Final word: The Charge is an efficient wavesail that’s ready to rip some turns.

 




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