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14th February 2007 06:46 AM
Julian
RE: Do I need to trade her in?

Just like the others said: stick to this board for a while. Until you're sailing @ speeds of about 45 - 50 km/h and feel that this board has nothing more to offer 4 you, this will be a perfect board for you. When reached the points above: go for a smaller S-Typer, I can ensure you that somehow it will feel familiar, but still you will get much exitement and speed out of it
11th February 2007 11:47 PM
geo
RE: Do I need to trade her in?

sotonmark,

if that is your first board and you have it since just a few months, probably you did not outgrow it yet. IMvvvHO, when you really need to change, you know it and you know exactly what you want.
Agree with o2bnme, at times it takes years to an average guy to understand how his new board (or sails!) works. This is more true with specialistic boards (fast slalom, wave) but anyhow applies to anyone who does not sail much often.
11th February 2007 10:49 PM
o2bnme
RE: Do I need to trade her in?

Well, the answer is yes, the newer boards will be better than the older ones for the most part. But what about the old board has you thinking you need a new one?

I love sailing new gear, but usually I switch boards because there is something I want to change.

Is the board uncomfortable in choppy conditions?
Is the board difficult for you to jibe?
Can't get it on a plane easily enough?
Wind conditions never match the board?
Don't like the color? ;-)

Seriously, you say you've only had it a few months? If that's the case, if you can't come up with something you don't like about the board, then I suggest you see if you two create more of a relationship over the season. If it still doesn't work out, get a divorce in the summer and get a newer board.

I purchased an AHD Convert 60 4 years ago. The test drive was great, but then for the next two years, I couldn't seem to figure out how to really capitalize on the boards strengths. Yup...two years. Every season I think about replacing it, but I have a few sessions during the season that shows I'm barely tapping into what this board can do. So, I keep it for another season. Coincidently, this board is a 2002, but since I got new fins for it, I have found it is a very capable board for my needs.

I would suggest not switching too quickly unless you have a specific reason to do so.

$0.02
11th February 2007 09:49 PM
crazychemical
RE: Do I need to trade her in?

yoiu have to know that boards change ecery year and if you look at the changes in just 2 or 3 years between boards you often gt new technology put into a board. If you don't mind spending money on a new board i suggest you see whats out there. But the difference between a C145 and a C151 isn't going to be that significant in a)sail range and b)fin range. The only difference will be speed and agileness, seeing as boards have become smaller and have been designed for new records

hope it helps
11th February 2007 08:15 PM
sotonmark
Do I need to trade her in?

Hi All,

Hope you guys can help me out. I currently have a Carve 151 (2002). It is my first board and had it for a few months. I'm happy with the size of the board at the moment but I'm interested to know whether the newer designs are siginificantly better.

Happy to spend the money if I'll get loads of benefit as I guess I'll keep it as a light wind board but don't want to spend the money if it will make no difference trading up to something like a Carve 145.

Thanks for your help,

Mark

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