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27th January 2011, 10:40 AM
I weigh about 82kg and my height is about 5/11. I sail in condition from 15knt to 30+ flat and choppy water conditions.
I have a 2008 Starboard Futura 111 with the stock 38cm fin, I’ve been using this board for 5 months now, my current sails a 4.7, 5.2, 6.1 but I am finding the 6.1 is a bit small for 15knts and am finding it hard to get on the plane. It may be my early planning skills in marginal conditions that are the issue or a combination of both. But I feel that it may be the sail size?
I have just bought a 2009 86 kode for the high wind days, so I want to use the Futura in lower wind range.
What size sail would work best for the Futura 111 for the 15 – 20knt wind range?
27th January 2011, 05:49 PM
I'd go something around the 7m-7.5m range. Either Cambered or no cam would work well. I also have a Futura111 and use this board with a 7m no cam sail. I also weight 82kg and get going in 13+ knots with this setup and easily sail in up to 18-20 knots. I would also suggest a good fin. I use a 38 & 40cm C3 Venom on this board. 6.1m to 7m is a good gap also.
28th January 2011, 06:21 PM
Ezzy Freeride 8,0 is perfect. I cant see that this sail exist (www.ezzy.com), but I do have it.
28th January 2011, 11:07 PM
The largest recommended sail for the new Futura 111's is 8.0. Usually, as you approach the upper limit, things get out of balance and the fun factor diminishes. I would go with RadiantX. 7.5 should be your largest sail on that board and it should work well in the 15 - 20 knot range at your weight.
29th January 2011, 08:40 PM
Hi Jez, i have a F111 and have used it with 7.0 and 7.5 NPv8's. I would agree with radientX's comments. The 7.0 works really well and is a good gap with your 6.1. The 7.5's ok on flat water, with the right fin (i use select RS 41, however in the ocean with a big swell, i feel i;m not really getting much advantage out of it, plus it feels alittle awkward. The 7.0 is a sweet spot. I use it with a select SL9 39. Im 86kg and 6'.0
29th January 2011, 10:27 PM
Yes I´agree that most of the brands recommends to big sails as the upper limit (Fanatics for example).
With my Ezzy freeride 8,0, I´m sailng with a very high degre of a comfortable possition with the rig, feet and the body.
But I think its important to a sail with a typical "power forward" sail as Ezzy sails. Here in the south of Sweden we have to use weedfins. The weedfins have a bigger area related to the depth of the fin. May be its therefor it will function so well.
Interesting if anybody can discuss a bit.
31st January 2011, 08:54 AM
Thanks for all the advice, much appreciated. I’m going to go for a 7m non cambered sail, as that sounds like it will have the perfect wind range for the board.
11th February 2011, 07:48 PM
Hi Jez, i've also used my F111 with a NP7.2 hellcat (non cambered sail). Non cambered sails do feel a little lighter, hence a 7.0-7.3 non cambered sail would work well. The NPv8's do feel a little heavier, hence the comments about the 7.5V8
14th February 2011, 09:34 AM
Last year I used 7.5m V8 on my F111 with a Select SL7 39cm. It worked real well and I would not go bigger. This year I'm using 7.0m RSS MkIV and have not had much wind to try it out and sort out which fin I should use.
Any where between 7.0m and 7.5m would suit. Myself I would recommend a 2 or 3 cambered sail in these sizes.
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