The Mutant fits within the MauiSails ethos and reaches far beyond conventional thinking, as it features an ultra-low aspect ratio allowing it to be used in a wind range previously unheard of with a four-batten sail.
The Mutant combines softness, light handling, and playful manoeuvrability with balanced power and stability. The shaping and body tension are refined around the extra short outline, keeping the sail stable and composed throughout a huge range of conditions.
Artur Szpunar explains the thinking behind the Mutant: “Beginning in Spring of 2011, our motivation for the first prototype was to test the shortest possible luff length that could be used for a 4.7, in the hopes it would help pull off cleaner wave 360’s by reducing rotational inertia and avoiding the dreaded ‘mast tip caught in the lip’ scenario. As it turned out, this first prototype not only possessed the desired manoeuvrability and clearance, but the very compact outline and low centre of effort gave it tremendous wind range. We were planing early while remaining very balanced, light, and controllable even when seriously powered. Starting from the first radical effort, it took several re-cuts and new prototypes to get the tension and outline perfectly balanced, but the result is magic. The new concept has proven itself in daily wave sessions in everything from rough, monster waves with howling, gusty winds to glassy surf with wind so light and offshore that you shouldn’t be able to sail (but you still do). Feedback has been tremendous from everyone who tested the sails. The great thing is, not only do the light and middle weight wave rippers like it, but big guys like Micah are in love with a four-batten for the first time too.
For more info on the Mutant and all the tech specs, head over to the MauiSails website HERE