Jun 9, 2010
Naish Boxer SL 7.0
On the water: The Boxer SL sets itself apart from the pack in two important ways. Not only is it a camber-induced sail that rigs on an RDM, but it also uses a mast that fits most sails two metres smaller. Plus, Naish has found a way to do this without any loss in performance. Consumers can put the dollars they save into some smaller sails to further expand their quiver. Tuning the Boxer SL with less downhaul gives it an impressive amount of power for matching up well on wider boards and for helping heavy-weight riders get planing. Flattening it out with increased downhaul tension provides performance that almost gives race sails a run for their money. However, setting it up this way for maximum speed requires a more efficient board that has some get-up-and-go and a rider that can handle it. In general cams do not make transitions any easier, but Naish’s version is well designed using micro-rollers that snap through the rotation with less effort than you’d think. The new composite luff sleeve and use of X-166 scrim in the sail’s upper half makes the Boxer SL extremely light and also more durable than ever before.
Rigging: As with any cam sail rigging requires a little more effort, but if you follow Naish’s rigging instructions everything will come together smoothly. The key for getting the cams on the mast is to outhaul the sail before completely downhauling it. We loved that Naish was able to get this sail to fit a 430 centimetre RDM as it gives highwind sailors a perfect option to expand their sailing range into far lighter conditions without having to buy a new mast.
Final word: Naish has designed a top-performing 7.0 m2 sail with cams that rigs on a 430 centimetre RDM.