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14th May 2008 06:21 PM
Originally Posted by jgf View Post
Hi Stephane,

My problem with the Naish 8'11, is that, for a ~100 L board, it is very early-planing, especially when compared to newer boards.


I meant to say that the Naish 8'11" is _NOT_ very early planing..., when compared with newer 100 litre boards!!!

jeff f
14th May 2008 01:14 PM
Unregistered Thank you very much jgf for your comments about the F111.

The 8,11 is a great board for sure and the more I think about it the more I think that I will keep it for a while. For me it was fantastic from 5,5 to 6,5 when I was 110 Kg, but as you said, it can't handle bigger sails.

As far as I'm concerned I'll loose some weight before buying a new board. Then when I'm back to 110 kg I'll buy the F111 (for 6,5/7,5) or maybe the F122 (6,5 to 8,5) and keep the Naish for 4,5 to 6,5.

I think that the 101 is definitely to small for me
13th May 2008 08:43 PM
jgf Hi Stephane,

I just faced the same question as you - I also needed to replace a Naish 8'11", and was choosing between the Futura 111, and the Futura 104.

I chose the 111.

My situation is a bit different though, because I weigh only ~73kg.

First, I love the Naish 8'11", it is a fantastic board for fast freeride sailing in flat to moderately bumpy/wavy conditions. I mostly used it with a 6.5, and occasionally a 5.7.

My problem with the Naish 8'11, is that, for a ~100 L board, it is very early-planing, especially when compared to newer boards.

I needed a board to fit between my Formula board/10.0 set up, and my 84 L wave board /5.6 setup. The Naish/6.5 was not early planing enough.

I decided I needed a board that could handle a 7.5, so I got the Futura 111. The board is a bit bigger than I had imagined it would be, and now I am guessing that the Futura 104 can also handle a 7.5 pretty easily, and maybe I should have gotten that.

Anyway, the Futura 111 feels _much_ bigger when sailing than the Naish 8'11". It planes much earlier than the 8'11, but isn't nearly as comfortable in chop (when powered up with a 6.5) as the 8'11". So far, I have only sailed the Futura 111 with a 6.5, and for me, that is the smallest sail I would ever use on it. When powered up on a 6.5, the board is pretty fast, but a bit bouncy. My guess is that with a 6.5, the Futura 104 would be faster. I think that where the 111 will really shine, is with a 7.5 or 8.0, and I hope to try it soon.

So, at least at my size, I think the Futura 111 is a board for 6.5 to 8.0, (maybe 8.5). It really is a much bigger board than the Naish 8'11", and is not a direct replacement. I would never sail the Futura 111 with a 6.0. On this website, Starboard claim a range of 5.0-8.0, but I don't think that is very realistic. I would be _totally_ out of control in my typical 5.0 conditions, which are quite bumpy/wavy. Again, 6.5 is absolutely the smallest sail I would put on the board.

I don't want to sound negative about the 111 - i think it is a great board - it is pretty fast, quite lively, and really rewards an "active" sailing style. Considering its size, it does quite well in chop - it tends to rise up and sail on top of the chop, rather than slamming into the chop. This means that with a little attention, you can go pretty fast in the chop.

The Futura 111 like wider gybes than the Naish 8'11", which can make quite sharp turns. But, the Futura stays on the plane during the gybe much better than the Naish.

13th May 2008 01:11 AM
Unregistered NO!!!!
don't buy a freerace sail.
You're better off getting a used formula rig off a racer. Your weight is fairly extreme and you NEED all the rig stiffness you can get. My heaviest weight I've sailed at was 260lbs and it makes a huge difference even vs. 240lbs.
What's frustrating is actually getting on a plane. When you're this heavy, the drag from the board is huge which makes the sail distort and feel heavy and overpowered even before you're planing.
Consider overfinning the board a bit too. Spend a lot of money on the best boom you can afford because you can't afford the distortion from the boom flexing. Quality racing equipment is your friend because it's designed to be sailed overpowered by heavy dudes.
12th May 2008 02:25 PM
Screamer Stéphane

I say go for F111, you've already had smaller Naish as your main board before.
It's hard to organize a "perfect" quiver all at once, from scratch. It comes with experience, but all that said, your plan sounds good.
12th May 2008 07:48 AM
James Stephane- That sounds logical, although I think the Futura 122 would be better as the medium board. When it's really windy you can use your naish 8'11" as a true sinker.

Let us know how it goes when you get back on the water!
12th May 2008 02:45 AM
Unregistered James,

Thank you for your help but I don't try to find the board which is "practical most of the time". Of course I need a bigger board too ! For that I'll probably buy a second hand Formula with one or two big sails (probably 12 ans 9,5) but my present concern was to choose first the best board for me with 5,5 to 7,5 because I think that it will be my main gear.

I do realize however that it's maybe stupid because I do not use 5,5 very often so I'll have to find a real sinker for those high wind days (4,5/5,5) too.

So let's imagine my future quiver :
- One formula with 12 and 9,5 for light winds (10-20 kts)
- One medium board (F111 ?) for medium winds with 7,5 and 6,5 (20-35 kts)
- One real sinker for high winds with 4,5 and 5,5 (35kts and more)

What do you think of that ? Is it logical ?

Thanks guys your help is really appreciated
11th May 2008 11:02 PM
James Stephane- Before you decide what size boards to get you might want to check out this sail and board volume calculator that is based on body weight.


For you, anything under 140 liters is definitely going to be a sinker, and it will take about 20 knots for you to be able to plane with a 7.5. So I definitely think getting a BIG board (like formula) and some big sails would be a good idea. You (120 kg) riding a 111 liter board would be like me (72 kg) riding a 63 liter board; it would require too much wind to be practical most of the time.

Good luck!
11th May 2008 07:09 PM
Screamer One more thought: if your priority is planing in the lightest wind possible, don't go for a biggest race sail money can buy (Severne Code Red, Pryde RS, North Warp, etc). You'll be better off with a freerace sail with better low end grunt (V8, etc).

Good luck
11th May 2008 03:36 PM
Unregistered Thank you very much screamer, I think that I'll buy the F111 and maybe directly a Formula with the biggest sail money can buy for light winds.

Have a nice weekend !
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