After a bizarre Spring with more than erratic wind I finally got to try out my new 2019 Firelight 4.3 and 5.0. A full week of powered up conditions on the 4.3! The sail feels very different than my second generation firelight 4.3, it has almost no pull from the front, the pull is very center to the back hand, and it has a few "problems" that make me wonder:
(1) There is a big crease between the first and second batten. See photo. This never goes away.
(2) If the bottom batten is tensioned enough to take away the small creases in the small mono-film bottom panel the batten has a lot of trouble to rotate, and when it does it snaps worse than a bad cam. A bit unsettling especially if overpowered .... If I release tension in the batten, which makes the creases re-appear, the batten does not snap into the new side but it still if far from having a smooth rotation.
(3) All along the mast there is extra fabric that gets stretched only when the sail is powered up.
Is this normal? ... it is rigged on a HSM hotrod mast, I use plenty down haul.
The thing is that the front of the sail where the "extra" fabric is does not fill up until the sail is very powered up. This gives a seemingly poor low end and if a gust hits when under powered it feels like all the power is in the back hand, little happens in front ...