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16th December 2007 10:36 PM
Ken Crash,

Hope you can fined a 160, but in reality, the 147, 159,160 & 161 are all great boards. If you are really lucky, you might find a 147 in good shape. At 75kg, the smaller 147 might fit your needs better than the other newer boards. I had a 147 and replaced it with the 160. If you are not a serious racer and just like to go blasting for fun, the 147 may be your best choice.

Good luck on your search.
15th December 2007 04:32 AM
Crash Thanks Ken the Apollo is just fine in lighter winds a lot of the issues with it are the fin choice, get it right and its a very smooth ride and requires very little effort to get it going just jump into the straps and bear downwind and it takes off. I do have a F type 148 but it doesn't handle the chop anywhere near as well as the Apollo and requires far more effort to get it going. I think you have made the decision for me the 160, I love the idea of blasting at 28 Knots and maybe still being in control. Im 60 by the way and have only been windsurfing for just over 2 years but try to get as much TOW as possible, so much to learn, a fantastic sport.
Anyone got a 160 For Sale?
15th December 2007 03:35 AM
Ken Crash,

With a 160 or 161 (trade your Apollo), and your 9.7 and at 75kg, you should able to pump on plane in 7 to 9 knots with good technique. Less if you are in salt water. With a 10.5 or 11.0 sail, you could plane in 6-8 knots. The Apollo won't give you much more than that.

However with the 160 (which I have), your top end speed can be significant. I am 62 years old, weigh 80kg and have hit 28 knots on my 160 with a 9.2 Maui Sails TR3. The Apollo will hit the wall WELL below that.

On the other hand, if the Apollo is your only board, then a smaller board in the 100 - 125 liter range may be a better fit. For several years, I jumped from my formula board down to a 105 liter bump and jump board. However, I just bought a new iSonic 111 to fill the gap, expecting to use 6.5, 7.5 & 8.5 sails with it.

Your skill level should play a role in your selection, so some additional info. may be helpful.
15th December 2007 02:43 AM
Originally Posted by Crash View Post
I have a Fanatic Shark 145 and 130 but love the ride a Formula board gives. I think if I had the money it would be the New Apollo but I reckon the 160 is going to be a lot cheaper and would be the board to go for?
If you like formula feeling and you're somewhat lightweight, I would sell the Apollo, and
buy new year's formula, and invest in couple diff size custom formula fins, a bit smaller board than your Appollo but higher quality fins will give you all the performance you'll need,
low and high wind range
14th December 2007 11:15 PM
Crash I have a Fanatic Shark 145 and 130 but love the ride a Formula board gives. I think if I had the money it would be the New Apollo but I reckon the 160 is going to be a lot cheaper and would be the board to go for?
14th December 2007 05:26 AM
James If the purpose of your new board is to have better control in higher winds with the 7.8, then you should get a much narrower board, not another 1 m wide board.

I think the Futura 133 or 122 would be appropriate.

Good luck.
14th December 2007 03:35 AM
Which Board

I Have a 2007 Apollo and have really enjoyed the board but I find it very critical to the fin selection. I weigh 75 kilos use a AC 2 9.7 with the 75cm fin in light winds and end up using my 7.8 Lightening with a 60cm fin when it blows but there are times when control is an issue.
Im looking for a board to complement the Apollo my choice would be a 2006 160 or would the new 162 be a better choice for higher wind conditions.

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