Ezzy Taka 3 (3 Batten)
Ezzy Taka 3
The Delta Quick Review: What's old is new. Back in the late 90's and early 2000's 3/4 battens, while not quite making it mainstream, gained a strong following. Those that loved them would gush about the softness and liveliness of a sail, while everyone else just felt the sails were inefficient and to quick to overpower. Now with modern sail cloth's and David Ezzy's use of seam-shaping, along with other an assortment of refinements since Y2K, the Taka uses it's 3/4 batten to great effect. The leading edge is soft for an Ezzy, but really it doesn't feel that different than the flatter offerings from other brands. Just like most flatter full batten sails, the Taka expands as it fills with wind for a smooth power delivery and remains plenty stable even when fully powered up. There really is nothing that screams "one of my battens is too short" at all. In the corners the sail also feels un-Ezzy like as the sail depowers and goes neutral mid-gybe. For those you have envied the construction of Ezzy sails, but haven't been able to come to terms with constant power in a gybe, do yourself a favor and try a Taka. It's the first Ezzy that we have been able to duck and throw about like we would other sails making a truly maneuverable sail. Unfortunately the Taka hasn't taken off yet, and there are not that many produced, but we're hoping that the word spreads eventually as the Taka really is one of the better sails no one knows about.
If You Are Serious About Wave Riding...
For 2017, we tested and tested prototypes until we had a sail worthy enough to carry on the "taka" tradition of being a lightweight, easy-to-depower, 3-batten wave sail.
The Taka-3 reacts amazingly well in strong winds. Its super smooth ride gives you the power of a larger sail with the control of a smaller sail. The Taka-3 luffs when you sheet out, so you can smoothly kill the power in a cutback and push harder on your board.
If you are serious about wave riding, this is the sail for you.
Ezzy Taka Presentation Video - https://vimeo.com/180784120
Ezzy Taka Riggin Video - https://vimeo.com/122400418
In David's Words...
On Maui is a shed full of Taka-3 prototypes that we will neither sell nor sail. Influenced by both the scientific method and the intuition gained after 35 years of making wave sails, we tested and tested and re-tested tweaked versions of last year's sail trying to make it better. A bad prototype taught us what not to do. And we followed the ones that felt great until we had a sail worthy enough to carry on the “taka” tradition of being a lightweight, easy-to-depower, 3-batten wave sail. We called it the Taka-3. The most obvious of the technical changes made to the Taka-3 is the strategically placed scrim luff panel for a softer, more forgiving feel. “Oh behave, baby!” The Taka-3 does just that in strong wind: no flutter, no movement of draft--just a well behaved, super smooth ride. But what really sets the Taka-3 apart from any other sail is the awesome low-end. We found ourselves moving around on the 4.5 when other sailors were sinking on 5.3's. Just set the downhaul to the “min 2” with our calibrated downhaul gauge and use the shortest outhaul guide cord to make the Taka-3 ride like a sail one or two sizes bigger. You get the power of a larger sail with the control of a smaller sail. What more could you ask of a
Funny you should ask... We did too, and we focused our R&D on finding just the right amount the profile should adjust during wave riding. The Taka-3 luffs when you sheet out, so you can smoothly kill the power in a cutback and push harder on your board. When you drive into your next bottom turn, the Taka comes back to life with power. We meticulously cut, stick, and sew the Taka-3 in our very own factory. After sewing, we rig,
calibrate the downhaul gauge, and thoroughly check every sail before we slip it in the bag.
If you are as serious about wave riding as we are about making wave sails, the Taka-3 is for you.