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The new Poison makes use of the new design features as well. While we didn’t change the luff and boom lengths significantly, we designed a Posi Leech into the sails and also a Compact Batten Positioning, bringing the battens further down, which helped us to improve the great characteristics of this sail. Whilst it’s a superior wave sail in onshore conditions and also in the hands of heavier sailors (when the most important word is power), we were also able to improve its already great wave-riding attributes in more demanding side-shore conditions.
New outline with Posi Leech: we kept the luff and the boom lengths the same in general. Compact Batten Positioning brings the battens and so the center of gravity of the sail down. Stabilized Head Configuration and revised panel layout with less seams: we brought the profile a little further back into the sail and reinforced the head and clew area, making the very top of the sail completely in X-ply. As with the Manic and IQ there is also an X-ply panel between clew and Monofilm window for added protection. The adjusted luff curve makes for a smoother curve, whilst the top half of sail is in our lightweight and elastic 2-Ply material. We kept the Dacron luff panel as, in our opinion, it is the best material when looking for smooth and soft behavior, plus great neutrality. The 2-mast concept allows all sizes to be rigged on 2 masts only.
“The Poison is a classic power wave sail. Plenty of power and low-end acceleration, it really helps to get you up and going in those difficult conditions when you need a direct response. Sailing on the Poison, you know you will not be let down.” “In locations like Sylt, where you have to fight against strong currents and, at times, massive shore break, the Poison is invaluable. It takes you out easily and will do whatever you want once you are on the wave, even in the most powered conditions.”
Whether you are in wavy or flat water conditions, the Poison is an excellent choice. Anyone who likes a direct sail with useable power through the backhand is in the right place with the Poison. Just sheet in and gusty winds or strong currents are no longer an issue.