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DN Iceboat


North DN Iceboat sails have been designed with an eye for speed. All extra windage and weight have been shed, including the headboard, batten boxes, and batten ends. For ease of use in cold weather, the three full-length battens are adjusted using RBS rocket adjusters. These adjusters allow the batten tension to be eased at the end of the day and then re-tensioned by the same amount the next day. The single leech batten is removable without requiring tools. Another advantage of North DN sails is a flex-cord luff rope that allows the sail to slide easily through the mast track. In addition, the sails have two large windows for excellent visibility both off the starting line and sailing upwind. These windows also enable greater visibility when running and lying down.

North DN sails come standard with E-glass battens. Carbon battens that further reduces weight are available as an option/upgrade.

** When ordering North DN sails, please note the tack fitting that your sail requires.


MP Max Power Mainsail

The North Max Power main is designed for soft ice and light air. Whenever you need power, this is the sail for you. This sail is designed to give maximum power during acceleration and then to flatten out and provide just the power needed once top speed has been achieved.

The MP Max Power is recommended for:
  • When there is a layer of snow on the ice
  • Super light breeze (0-5 knots)
  • If you are on the heavier end of the weight range

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APP All-Purpose Power Mainsail

The North All-Purpose Power main is a go-to sail designed to be used throughout a wide range of conditions. It has plenty of depth for speed and acceleration off the starting line, but it blades out easily and twists open at high speeds when the mast starts to bend. It also works well as a speed sail for heavier sailors. Although the APP performs at its best in mid-range wind and ice conditions, it’s so versatile that you needn’t worry you have the wrong sail up if conditions change mid-race.

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AS All Speed Mainsail

The North All Speed sail is designed for heavy air and clean ice. It is powerful enough to accelerate the boat off the line, but then it rapidly flattens out to reduce drag. Keeping the class girths at maximum helps to reduce lee helm at high speeds, thereby providing greater control and less chance of spinning out.

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For more information on the fast North DN Iceboat sails, contact our Class Experts.

At North Sails we have developed these sails to meet the latest trends in DN Iceboating, manufactured with the best design and components. The sails have radial reinforcement, big windows, high performance battens, insignia, sail number and several tell tails. We deliver the sails ready for hoisting, with the battens mounted and rolled in our luxury smart zipper bag.


Mainsail (B1-Z)

This is a flat sail that still has a wide range (compared to other flat sails). It’s designed with shape for maximum top speed and at the same time perfect downwind performance and acceleration. The best conditions for this sail is when the ice is fast.

  • Hard glass and dream ice. All wind conditions.
  • Hard ice with some traction, water or snow coverage. Medium and heavy wind.


Mainsail (FC-C)

When our Designers developed this sail, their goal was to make a medium sail which was better than the others available on the market. Their focus was to give this sail wider range than the popular American North Sails “FO-1”.

The new FC-C has all the power you need in acceleration at the start and after tacking. It also has an impressive top speed. Best used in medium conditions.

  • Hard ice with snow, snow drifts or water coverage. Light and medium wind.
  • Soft ice  with water, some snow coverage or snow drifts. Light and medium wind.
  • Sticky ice, some frozen snow. Medium and heavy wind.


Mainsail (R1-P)

This sail is specially designed for gaining height and speed in slow ice conditions. This is our most powerful sail, and will be needed when in sticky and tricky slow ice conditions. Especially suitable for heavy sailors.

  • Soft ice, with water, little snow coverage or snow drifts. Light and medium wind
  • Rough ice,  sticky conditions, soft spring/ slush ice, snow coverage, frozen snow. All wind.

Please contact the DN Iceboat experts or your local North Sails dealer for more information and to make your order.


For additional information contact the North DN Iceboat Experts:

EUROPE

BJORN OSTERBERG, Sweden

NORTH AMERICA

MIKE MARSHALL, Rhode Island
SKIP DIEBALL, Midwest


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