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Thread: Ok to drop down a board size?
9th November 2012, 08:34 AM #8
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- Nov 2006
You don't say what sail sizes you are using on the 120 liter board. At 82 kg on a lake I imagine you could get lots of use for a 7.5 sail, which then of course is far too big for a smaller board.
* If you can keep two boards, then the 120 + 95 liter combo would be great. It would allow for a lot of days on the lake (also when the wind is marginal or gusty) and you would have suitable kit for the coast.
* If you can keep only one board my first recommendation would be "learn to jibe on the 120 liter first".
* If you can only keep one board and want to switch down in order to have something more suitable for the coast, then I think a 105 liter FSW would be perfect. It would still work well on the lake, and be handy at the coast. To me a 95 liter board as the only one sounds too small for your circumstances.
9th November 2012, 09:09 AM #9
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- Jun 2012
Thanks for all the responses, given me a lot to think about. I was planning on keeping the 120 as well as getting a 95 so that I could switch between them and I also still have a 145 board although that feels like a barge now. Sail wise I currently have a 5.3, 5.9, 6.6 and 7.8 so I think the smaller 3 sails would work? Longer term I would just need to get a 4.7 sail, right?
9th November 2012, 10:52 AM #10
9th November 2012, 11:25 AM #11
Your collection is building a lot like mine... I am about 92 kg (still... groan) and have a 133, 102 and lately an 85.
Being approx +10kg on you, the 120 maps directly to my 133 and that is where I am frustratingly close to carve gybes. I can sail the 102 and there also on the edge of a carve gybe. Thing is, the 102 was originally a bit of an effort to get going and initially I wondered why I bothered, but that was the case for the 133 when I got that... Anyway, I am enjoying the 102 despite the challenge to sail it at first and it really does cope with the chop a load better. As for the 85, well that is now in the 'challenging' category and I am getting to grips with it slowly. Realistically, I need to really pin those gybes first.
To me, it looks like you're totally on the right track (as far as my experiences go) - the only bit of advice I have is that if you haven't already, then get waterstarts really nailed especially with winter approaching.
The 4.7 sail would seem a decent next step and was exactly what I did with the ultimate aim of plugging it into a smaller board (the 85). There's a considerable wealth of experience on this forum, so I am sure that the useful answers will continue to flow.
9th November 2012, 11:30 AM #12
Just a thought... this is the sail - board combo's I most often use:
Futura 133 - 8.0 & 6.5
FSW 102 - 6.5 & 5.5
FSW 85 - 5.5 & 4.7
I suppose that if I were looking for another sail in a real blow I'd consider a 4.25 or similar to use on the 85. Beyond that, I guess you are on really small survival kit!
EDIT - I note you're on freshwater; I sail on/in salt water, so when considering the board numbers I get a little bit more buoyancy to support the pies.
Last edited by overthehill; 9th November 2012 at 11:32 AM.