GOYA NEXUS 6.4M 2013 TEST REVIEW
Taller sailors, those in gustier locations and anyone who likes refined power delivery without an overly aggressive behaviour. Definitely worth a demo if you intend to hang on to a more traditionally outlined board.
Experiment with boom height in marginal wind, especially if you’re tall and want early planing power.
Goya claim the Nexus’ focus on “Power, speed and control”, the smaller sizes up to 6.9 are manoeuvre orientated whilst the larger 7-batten models are more freerace oriented. The Nexus is their all round freeride-freerace sail line sitting alongside their extensive range of wave sails and the Freesurf Crossover models.
Outline: The tallest luff and joint longest boom in selection. Slightly clew cut-out and a radical leech cutaway into a ‘pin head’ style top section. The Nexus’ feature Goya’s ‘Reduced Head’ leech outline that they claim aids manoeuvrability and eliminates head ‘wag’.
Build Quality: Integrated tack fairing, X-ply and monofilm, roller tack pulley and stretch control seams – Goya make no compromise with a bulletproof construction that’s not too heavy either.
Rigging and Tuning: One of only two sails in this class opting for an RDM mast (but compatible with SDM) the Nexus also has a pretty high boom cut-out so check your boom height against your shoulders/chin before hitting the water.
Low End & Acceleration: The low-and-forward draft delivers good power in lighter air, especially on slightly more stretched-out boards. Once up-and-running there’s plenty of acceleration and lift.
Top End: Flies efficiently at full tilt, particularly on liftier, directional boards. In lighter winds and on wider hull shapes it’s nice for taller sailors to have the boom higher to achieve extra early planing power.
Gybing & Manoeuvres: The clew feels a lot shorter than it is and flicks around beautifully in manoeuvres.
Handling: A nice, smooth and slightly soft freeride sensation, especially at the lower and middle wind range although the draft does shift around a little in stronger breeze. The 6.4 Nexus behaves like a taller, liftier high aspect sail but drives wider outlines superbly.
Smooth sailing, easy handling, excellent build quality and a totally fun-focused and forgiving feel.
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