Mast foots for Windsurf

The mast foot is the piece that joins the windsurf board with the sail, allowing it to turn and move freely without losing the connection. It is very important that you firmly fix this piece to the board so that it doesn’t move, and of course, it should be correctly connected to the mast.

There are many connection systems between the mast foot and the sail, currently the most used is the pin or bullet. It’s also possible to find the push pin system but it’s already quite obsolete. Additionally, we can classify the bases by the union system they have, here the categories we will use, because are the best systems currently, will be the tendon and the power joint.

Pin and tendon mast foot

Pin and power joint mast foot

Spare parts and accessories

Some tips for your mast foot

The position of the mast foot on the board is essential for sailing. Putting it backward or forward in the board will completely change the physics of the gear and the windsurfer. Although the explanation of this would probably need a specific dedicated article, we can summarize that the effects are the following:

Mast foot forward

When we forward the mast foot in the edge of the board, what we achieve is to forward the application point of the vertical force (mainly composed of the weight) the sail does on it, and it “sticks” the board to the surface of the water. This causes the board to generate less friction with the water and therefore going more stable and start planning earlier. The counterpart this has is that, after starting to plane, the surface of the board in contact with the water will be greater and therefore the friction will also be, consequently our planing speed will be lower.

Mast foot backward

Moving backwards the mast foot in the edge of the board, causes the opposite effect than the previous case. In this situation the stern will sink making it more difficult to start planning and causing the board to be more unstable, especially with strong wind. However, once we are planning, we can achieve greater speed by having less surface of the board in contact with the water, as it tends to “lift” the bow.

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