There are a number of upgrades that you can purchase to make your blokart go faster.
If you want to go faster without spending more cash then check out our You and your blokart page for a few ideas.
From a recreational point of view the POD protects you from the elements. Keeping wind, wet sand and rain off you makes a huge difference to body warmth and comfort. It sure makes winter sailing a great deal more enjoyable. As a performance accessory the POD is a must. Its lower wind resistance enables you to maintain your momentum and travel faster, and its shell area lets you point higher into the wind.
Ultra CRB kit (Carbon Race Base)
The standard mast is flexible and foregiving and designed to make sailing fun. But when the wind hits, you will find that some of its energy is absorbed in the bending of the mast. The two CRB sections replace the standard bottom sections of the mast. They are stiffer and consequently you get substantially less flex. The energy of the wind is now transferred into driving your blokart harder.
For the sailor wit a 5.5m sail there is now the Ultra CRB kit to replace the bottom 2 sections. Blokart recommend you use them.
FBC kit (Full Blown Carbon)
All five mast sections in full blown carbon! Needless to say this mast is exceptionally stiff. As any combination of blokart glass and carbon masts may be used in order to comply with BAI racing regulations, these new sections will open up many new and interesting possibilities for the setup of 3m and 4m sails. Said to improve upwind ability, the FBC is likely to be particularly beneficial to the heavier sailor.
For the 5.5m sail remember the Ultra Carbons, these also can be used with 3m and 4m sails. Think of the possible combination's are now.
CRB 1st, 2nd and 3rd Sections
These sections of carbon mast can be purchased separately to customise your setup.
Ultra Carbons can be purchased in thes sections to further customise your setup even if you dont have a 5.5m sail yet.
The Crane replaces the webbing turban that secures the sail to the tip of the mast. The enclosed bearings allow it to swivel even under high downhaul tension. The top of the sail can rotate freely allowing it to twist off in lighter winds, improving the blokart's light wind performance. Unlike the turban, the Crane arm holds the top of the sail away from the mast allowing the true shape of the sail to set correctly. You will notice that the sail sets much cleaner with fewer wrinkles in the head.
This kit comes with three shackle sizes for sail tuning and an over sleeve that enables it to be mounted in both the first and second mast sections. The Crane works most effectively without the shackles (as seen in the setup of the pics here). This setup raises the sail up the mast by 10cm. This in of itself may be a performance enhancement. You will need to adjust your downhaul to use it in this position.
Know what the wind is doing. This instrument will help you pick the windshifts and guide you on those upwind reaches.
Tuned battens improve the shape of your sail and enable you to get substancial power increases. Landsailing Kapiti has standard battens available. There is a lot to be explained on batten shape so talk it over with us .
This kit allows you to quickly and easily adjust the downhaul tension on your sail as you sail.
This is particularly beneficial when the wind is unsteady or with any upwind/downwind sailing.
Downhaul tension changes the efficiency of the sail dramatically.
The Rachet Block replaces the pulley mounted on the mast base of the blokart. As you sheet in and pressure comes onto the block, the rachet engages, preventing the sheet rope from running out. It improves your performance by smoothing your sail control, and takes the pressure off your arm - a real plus on windy days, long journeys and big sessions.
Spare Rear Wheels
Having a spare rear wheel or two is the ultimate quick fix for a blowout. Having a practice set of wheels will ensure your racing set is in perfect condition when you need it. This is especially true if you are running steel bearings.
Tips on tuning your Bearings
The higher the tyre pressure the faster you go. These new front rims are designed to handle 10psi more than the older rims. The hub caps are a really nice finish.