Inexpensive sails.

Last weekend I ended up at the IntensitySails.com site and noticed they are having a sale. A Flying Scot main is now $300 and a jib is $200. I work about 10 minutes away from their office/warehouse so for that price I drove down, met Jim and picked up a set. He says they would be class legal once measured and the royalty paid. I opened the bags and they look pretty well made. The main included stick on numbers, battens and a roll bag. The only thing that caught my eye as odd is that there is a well reinforced grommet instead of a headboard. I hope to have time this weekend to try them out. Sailing FS 5409 in Narragansett Bay

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Let us know how they preform.

Let us know how they preform....do you race?

Marv Pozefsky

FS 733

Yes but it's PHRF racing in a cruising fleet and I'm a new to Fl

Yes but it's PHRF racing in a cruising fleet and I'm a new to Flying Scots so still getting a feel for the boat. Since there arn't any other Scots in my area I won't be able to give a real performance evaluation. I'll give an opinion on how well they set, their shape and how they feel compared to the sails I have on the boat now. Sailing FS 5409 in Narragansett Bay

I'd be very interested in these sails as well.

I'd be very interested in these sails as well. How does this measuring and paying of the royalty thing work? Who does this? Bonny & Doug Smith FS381

The royalty stamps can be bought from FSSA.

The royalty stamps can be bought from FSSA. On the measuring question, I would ask the sailmaker to verify to you that the sail will measure in, as part of the buying process. You can meausure the sail, per the FSSA handbook. The sail will be measured at national events, and if it doesn't measure in correctly, then you are in a jam, unless you are a sailmaker and can recut the sail in the remaining hours before the racing starts. I haven't seen these sails, but given the price, they are probably using pretty inexpensive materials, and maybe not adding as much reinforcement as you would normally see. Reinforcements take the head, tack and clew loads and spread them into the cloth in a way that will help the sail hold it's shape and sail well for a long time. You may want to compare them to the new Recreational Sails that North Sails One Design recently announced. They are more money, but I have no doubt that the North Sails will measure in, and in terms of durability, you are buying the product of one of the top sailmakers for the Scot. Phil Scheetz FS 4086

Phil Scheetz

FS 4086

Fleet 163, Nockamixon Sail Club

I looked on the Intensity WEB page.

I looked on the Intensity WEB page. The intensity sails are of a slightly heavier material than what is currently the vogue for the racing sails from the other manufacturers today. To their credit, the mainsail shelf is of lighter weight fabric. When I first started racing with my Scot in the early 80's I had a suit of Schurr sails that were of a heavier material, (5 oz versus the currently popular 3.8 oz.)probably very comparable to the Intensity sail 4.6 oz. I won a few club races with these heavy duty sails and as a sail they were bullet proof strong and lasted for about 20 + years. They also were softer and had less resin than the wax paper like sails of today and kept their shape for a long time. The extra weight of cloth in the Intensity sails may hurt light air performance but just very slightly as the light air performance is more a function of the cut of the sail than the weight of cloth.

i have owned Intensity sails that they sell for the laser.

i have owned Intensity sails that they sell for the laser. I found them to be equal to the class sails. So, has anyone raced with these these sails? They sound like a great value.

Marv Pozefsky

FS 733

As I was hoisting my North AP main I noticed that it had no head

As I was hoisting my North AP main I noticed that it had no headboard, just a well reenforced grommet like on the Intensity sails. FS 3512

Does anyone have any new information on the sails from Intensity

Does anyone have any new information on the sails from Intensity Sails? Please let me know. Martin 5104 Smooth Sailing

I purchased a suit of these sails towards the end of the season

I purchased a suit of these sails towards the end of the season last year. I love them. Of course, I'm not a huge racer and my FS is an older one....#381. But having these new sails has made a huge difference in the performance of the boat. BA Smith FS381

I also purchased main and jib from Intensity towards the end of

I also purchased main and jib from Intensity towards the end of last season. Very pleased. Excellent price/value. WCL

Have you done any racing with the sails?

Have you done any racing with the sails?

Marv Pozefsky

FS 733

Sorry, have not raced with them.

Sorry, have not raced with them. I crew on a race worthy boat, but my boat's racing day's are over, now used for recreation and training. WCL FS3184

Does anyone with the Intensity sails have photos they could show

Does anyone with the Intensity sails have photos they could show? I'm particularly interested in how they look when trimmed for upwind. Glenn FS 5919 Nockamixon Sail Club http://nockamixonsailclub.org

Glenn Wesley

FS #5919 - DJ'

Intensity cut all the sails for the GYA Scots, post Katrina.

Intensity cut all the sails for the GYA Scots, post Katrina. Go to a member club website and look at regatta pictures with GYA Scot's and you might catch a good picture or two.

Cheap Sails are Cheap for a reason.

Cheap Sails are Cheap for a reason. Consider the following when buying Cheap sails will the Sailmaker Sail with you? If they are not cut to class specs will the sail maker make good on it. Name brand Sails/Sailmakers support our class regattas/association. Name brand Sailmakers sail in our regattas offer sail trim tips etc. Can you really expect this of a Cheap Sailmaker? I am not a Sailmaker but would buy Sails from someone who would support me after the sale. Dave

quote:[i]Originally posted by MrDave[/i] [br]Cheap Sails are Ch

quote:
[i]Originally posted by MrDave[/i] [br]Cheap Sails are Cheap for a reason. Consider the following when buying Cheap sails will the Sailmaker Sail with you? If they are not cut to class specs will the sail maker make good on it. Name brand Sails/Sailmakers support our class regattas/association. Name brand Sailmakers sail in our regattas offer sail trim tips etc. Can you really expect this of a Cheap Sailmaker? I am not a Sailmaker but would buy Sails from someone who would support me after the sale. Dave
Dave, I have a new set of North sails, and they are terrific. A few weeks ago, it was blowing pretty hard for our weekend club races. I decided not to sail since I did not want to beat up the nice new sails. If I had an inexpensive set I would have been more likely to give it a try. So I'm thinking the Intensity sails might be good for those types of days or when I'm just daysailing. Glenn FS 5919 Nockamixon Sail Club http://nockamixonsailclub.org

Glenn Wesley

FS #5919 - DJ'