FINDELTA REVIEWS

We Are Very Pleased With It

"The wind is often 15 knots plus and the sail works very well. We are very pleased with it. Photo of our Hunter 38 taken at Conception Bay, near Brigus, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada."  
L.L., S/V Baleka


Exceeded My Expectations In Every Way

"Just a quick note to let you know that the FinDelta #4 anchor sail exceeded my expectations in every way. Stopped anchor swing by over 90% despite twin furling head sails on our 67-foot steel Waterline Yacht. Much better manufactured than expected, simple to put up and take down and most of all your excellent customer service. Thanks much. P.S. I will rig FinDelta approximately six feet further aft, right at back stays, next time so as to be even more effective."
M.V., S/V Celesteel


Works Well in Scotland

"Here is a photo of the FinDelta fitted to our 1972 Dufour 35. We are anchored in a sheltered bay called “Loch Drumbuidhe” which is near Tobermory on the Isle of Mull (Scotland). The sail appears to work well but we’ve not tested (yet) in more than about 15 kts of wind."
M.C., S/V Dufour 35


Definitely Reduced the Swing

"We were anchored up at Still Pond in the Chesapeake on Memorial Day Weekend and the sail attracted a lot of attention. It definitely reduced the swing but it is hard to say how much because the wind kept oscillating. There was another Hunter anchored nearby (a new 33) and the difference in swing was very noticeable. That Hunter owner dinked over to get information about the sail."
P.S., S/V LegaSea


The Other Boats Were Amazed!

"The attached image was taken while we were at anchor in Bodkin Creek, off Chesapeake Bay. The other boats we were traveling with were amazed how our "dancing" virtually stopped as soon as we had deployed the FinDelta."
H.C.


Your Sail Held My Bow Into The Wind

"I have attached a picture of your FinDelta #2 at work. You can tell by the break wall being awash, that the wind was really blowing. In winds up to 40 knots, my Nonsuch 33 held anchor. Last year, I broke loose with winds of 30 knots at this exact location, Cobourg Harbour, Lake Ontario, Canada.

Your sail held my bow to the wind and gave me a restful night’s sleep. Thanks for the sail. You have been the talk of many an anchorage."
R.C., S/V Yumsuch

 

We Can Go To Shore With Confidence

"After I had purchased my FinDelta from you, I was pleasantly surprised that it was everything you promised. I immediately related my confidence in your product to my friend, who also purchased one shortly thereafter. Our sailboats used to swing through arcs of 180 degrees at anchor, and placed extraordinary stress on the ground tackle in any kind of blow.

"With your FinDelta I swung through no more than a 60 degree arc (i.e. 30 degrees each side) in 70 knots of wind during a squall. In winds of 25 knots or less, the boat rides dead downwind. We can finally leave our boat and go to shore with the confidence that it will be there when we come back and won't be "kiting" into another boat in our crowded northeast anchorages like Block Island where the photo was taken."

"Thanks for a summer at ease."
B.T., Orion and M.P.,  S/V MJS4

 

The FinDelta Sail Was Working Its Magic

“Like most sailing yachts Chinook, our Oyster 56, is lighter at the bow with most of her bulk towards the stern which is fine and dandy while sailing but inherently unstable at anchor. She swings on her anchor like the tail of a happy puppy. This yacht likes a lot of room.

Our first stop after leaving the winter berth in Ayvalik on the southwest coast of Turkey was Sivrice Bay some 30 nm north. With a brisk wind forecasted, we anticipated ample opportunity for a full blown FinDelta sail trial.

Had chicken pasta on board that evening and much later a contented sleep was interrupted: A slight change in the gentle rocking motion had me sitting up, climbing up and checking outside to assess the conditions in the bay. The wind had strengthened; building from the south and the FinDelta sail was working its magic keeping us firmly pointed into the wind, preventing seesawing and the anchor was holding firm. We were well under control and I slipped back under the sheets to continue my slumber... “
B.L., S/V Chinook


It Did Yeoman Duty

"Anchor down in 33 feet of water in Harpswell Sound;
riding sail set, sitting pretty. Thanks…the riding sail worked well. It did yeoman duty!"
S.B., S/V Javelin


Anchoring 25 Knots, Catalonia, Spain

"Here are pictures showing how your FinDelta riding sail works in the real world. We are anchored in a narrow cove near Cap de Creus, Catalonia, Spain in 25 knots of wind. The boat in front of us is horsing around, just as we would have done before we got our FinDelta. As you can see, now our 2008 Beneteau 43 Oceanis stays facing into the wind. Hint: For best results, in strong winds, you should tighten the lines hard."
D.F., S/V Hibernia


It Does A Great Job

“A couple of years ago we bought a brand new Hunter 41. At anchor, in 10 knots of wind this boat starts swinging from starboard to port big time. And when the wind increases it is very uncomfortable and unsafe.  
 
“Let me tell you that we have tested your FinDelta many times during our trip to the Bahamas last winter. For example I did some tests in 20 knots of wind and I can tell you that our FinDelta has reduced the swing by more than 60% (100 degrees to 40°). Because Hunter rigging does not use a backstay I have developed a way to install the FinDelta in less then 1 minute. Wow!!!. I have included with this note a picture of how it looks on our boat. As you can see it does a great job.
 
Thanks again for this excellent product.”


It Performed Most Admirably

“We had a number of occasions to use this sail over the 2,000 miles we covered this summer and it performed most admirably. It was certainly a boon in crowded or close anchorages. We often wished everyone had one up. Installation was a breeze especially with the arch and probably took us no longer than ten minutes initially and less than five once we had the lines preset.

The enclosed photo is of our Cal 40 ‘Glider’ on the north shore of Lake Superior. Again thanks for your fine product and service.”
C.S., S/V Glider


FinDelta Works Great!

"FinDelta works great! No need to say more. The Boat name is Excalibur III - as in roman numeral 3. It is a Bavaria 36 Cruiser 2005. The pictures were taken outside the Oriental Marina in Oriental NC facing north to the bridge. The sail did a good job in setting the anchor over night. I had to power the boat to break the hold on the anchor."
P.I., S/V Excalibur III


A Two FinDelta Anchorage

"A quick note to let you know that the FinDelta worked great on our Pearson 27.  Attached is a picture of our boat and another boat in the same anchorage, both using the FinDelta.  This was in Pelican Bay off of Cayo Costa in Charlotte Harbor, FL.

Our boat's name is Kismet.  We were on a three week cruise in that area and are now back home in Indiana for the Holidays.  We plan to go back mid January and head down to the Keys and be there on and off until the Spring.  My wife also is a FinDelta believer and doesn't understand why it doesn't also calm the waves!"
M.H., S/V Kismet


Very Stable in the Storm

"FARFARER is 57 feet. She is somewhat twitchy on anchor and moorings as she is a Cat Schooner with unstayed masts. The masts give fair wind resistance and are rather forward. Also she doesn't have a lot of boat in the water forward. In Bermuda last January she would race back and forth on the mooring to an extent that she astonished the natives.

"I rig the Fin Delta to the main boom forward and to each side of the boom gallows aft. One line did come loose in Tropical Storm Irene and I'm getting big eye bolts installed on either side of the gallows to aid set-up.

"She was very stable in the storm, much more so than many boats around her in Northeast Harbor, Maine. We only had perhaps 40 knots in Northeast, counting on a buoy about ten miles offshore. What it was blowing in the harbor, I don't know.

"I believe that the stronger the wind, the more you need a riding sail like the FinDelta. In a light breeze it is nice to have. In a blow, you significantly reduce mooring pennant chafe, and if you were at anchor, you have much less chance of "worrying out" the anchor."

"I have fenders and fender boards out to help stave off any errant boats. The photo was taken about noon. We had the major blow a little after midnight."
Captain Frank Blair, S/V FARFARER

 
   

 

Very Stable in the Storm

"FARFARER is 57 feet. She is somewhat twitchy on anchor and moorings as she is a Cat Schooner with unstayed masts. The masts give fair wind resistance and are rather forward. Also she doesn't have a lot of boat in the water forward. In Bermuda last January she would race back and forth on the mooring to an extent that she astonished the natives.

"I rig the Fin Delta to the main boom forward and to each side of the boom gallows aft. One line did come loose in Tropical Storm Irene and I'm getting big eye bolts installed on either side of the gallows to aid set-up.

"She was very stable in the storm, much more so than many boats around her in Northeast Harbor, Maine. We only had perhaps 40 knots in Northeast, counting on a buoy about ten miles offshore. What it was blowing in the harbor, I don't know.

"I believe that the stronger the wind, the more you need a riding sail like the FinDelta. In a light breeze it is nice to have. In a blow, you significantly reduce mooring pennant chafe, and if you were at anchor, you have much less chance of "worrying out" the anchor."

"I have fenders and fender boards out to help stave off any errant boats. The photo was taken about noon. We had the major blow a little after midnight."
Captain Frank Blair, S/V FARFARER