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WTB: Freeride Sail, Mast, and possibly board?

I'm looking to build or buy a setup for light wind planing on Lake Michigan. Currently I'm using older equipment, I have an F2 Xantos 147L with a 7.5 sail. I'd be interested in purchasing a 8.5 or…Continue

Started Aug 2

Warren Dunes July 18
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I made the great decision to bring my board and sails along with me for a work trip to Bridgman MI. Once I was free I headed over to Warren Dunes and found the wind was blowing a steady 20mph with…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Sawyer Poel Jul 24.

Retro sail repair
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I recently had the luck of meeting a paddle boarder looking to get rid of her husband's old windsurfing equipment. She had a 4.4, 5.5, 6.4, and a 7.5 sail, a F2 Xantos 295, another board I cannot…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Sawyer Poel Jul 22.

 

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WTB: Freeride Sail, Mast, and possibly board?

I'm looking to build or buy a setup for light wind planing on Lake Michigan. Currently I'm using older equipment, I have an F2 Xantos 147L with a 7.5 sail. I'd be interested in purchasing a 8.5 or larger sail and possibly a mast to get some more use out of this board on the big lake. However, if the price is right I would also be interested in a wider freeride board or an entire freeride setup. I'm not super picky on condition, age or repairs. Holes don't scare me either. Thanks!-SawyerSee More
Aug 2
Sawyer Poel replied to Sawyer Poel's discussion Warren Dunes July 18
"He seemed to be training for some sort of marathon if I had to guess; he was wearing a wet suit and fins. There was considerable boat traffic that day so I was mostly concerned for him getting run over. Thankfully I saw him again as I was leaving,…"
Jul 24
Jim O'Donnell replied to Sawyer Poel's discussion Warren Dunes July 18
"A lone swimmer a mile offshore in big wind/waves!!??  That's very strange.  I have come across boats once in a while and figured they must be talking about seeing a lone windsurfer way off shore.  But a swimmer?!?!  Must be…"
Jul 23
Sawyer Poel replied to Sawyer Poel's discussion Retro sail repair
"I've been out a few times with the 7.5 and have not had issues so far, I do notice a few corners and edges I will need to reapply some glue on the patches though. You're right, I don't expect these sails to be the ones I use forever…"
Jul 22
Brian replied to Sawyer Poel's discussion Retro sail repair
"Sawyer, The luff sleeve takes all the downhaul tension, so it will be interesting to see if that holds.   There have been a lot of newer sails for sale here that might be better alternatives."
Jul 21
Sawyer Poel replied to Sawyer Poel's discussion Retro sail repair
"Thanks Jim, I would be very interested in your offer. I will PM you my info."
Jul 21
Sawyer Poel posted a discussion

Warren Dunes July 18

I made the great decision to bring my board and sails along with me for a work trip to Bridgman MI. Once I was free I headed over to Warren Dunes and found the wind was blowing a steady 20mph with gusts in the high 20's. The beach was beyond crowded so I had to get everything rigged up in the dune grass and carry it down to the water. The wind was blowing from the South-West parallel to the shore. This made for minimal waves and allowed me to get planing very quickly. Once I reached the…See More
Jul 21
Jim O'Donnell replied to Sawyer Poel's discussion Retro sail repair
"Nice job on the repairs!  But those are some pretty ancient sails.  Price was right, though! Hopefully I will be coming back to Michigan in the fall.  I could pick up 5 or 6 used sails, newer and in much better condition than that for…"
Jul 15
Sawyer Poel posted a discussion

Retro sail repair

I recently had the luck of meeting a paddle boarder looking to get rid of her husband's old windsurfing equipment. She had a 4.4, 5.5, 6.4, and a 7.5 sail, a F2 Xantos 295, another board I cannot identify, a chinook boom, 2 masts, and bags of other equipment. Not a bad find!!I happily took everything off her hands but found all four of the sails had extensive mouse damage to the luff sleeves. Unfortunately, I do not own a sewing machine and professional repair on 4 sails would be quite…See More
Jul 15
Sawyer Poel left a comment for Randy Bass
"Hi Randy, I'm very interested in sailing Gun Lake sometime this summer. I have not sailed their before but I have heard lots of good things. I will PM you my phone number so we can get in touch. "
Jul 14
Sawyer Poel left a comment for Jim O'Donnell
"Hi Jim thanks for reaching out! It's exciting to hear there are more windsurfers in the area, I've never seen anyone when I've gone out. Give me a shout the next time you're in Michigan and we can meet up. I've only been…"
Jul 13
Jim O'Donnell left a comment for Sawyer Poel
"Welcome, Sawyer!  West Side County Park is just north of where I launch down in Glenn.  Let's meet there next windy day when I am back in Michigan."
Jul 12
Sawyer Poel is now a member of Michigan Windsurfing
Jul 12

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Where do you sail most often?
Saugatuck
Favorite Sailing Site in MI
West Side County Park

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At 9:10pm on July 12, 2020, Jim O'Donnell said…

Welcome, Sawyer!  West Side County Park is just north of where I launch down in Glenn.  Let's meet there next windy day when I am back in Michigan.

 
 
 

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