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7th August 2008 06:44 PM
Grant Here's my top speeds (GPS) on some of the boards under consideration. Free Formula 138 (96 cm. wide) with a 20.5 inch True Ames weed skeg - 35.1 m.p.h. iSonic 122 with a 17 inch True Ames weed skeg, 33.9 m.p.h. - both with a Retro 8.5. The FF138 is a true early planer and is quite fast for a board of this width.

Of the twelve boards I presently own the Free Formula 138 and iSonic 101 are two of my favourites. My fastest board to date is the iSonic 87, but I don't get to sail it very often.


7th August 2008 02:58 AM
Originally Posted by pierrec45 View Post
Bingo! Where does it stop really?
You might say 80/72/68/66/64/62/60 - so make that seven.

Or you could say with one long board.
7th August 2008 02:45 AM
Originally Posted by Roger View Post
Hi Alen,
..... the free race designs are about low end power and early planing....
The top level formula race sails are about extending the range of the sail to 20 knots
Now that matches what I thought I knew, but with FOD it's been stated the use of overdrive was for a winder wind range. When I've had a chance to go out on such big gear in those winds I must admit I've opted for something more manageable so I have no direct experience of 11M freerace v race at 20knots plus,
6th August 2008 03:46 AM
prpa Hi Roger
thanks a lot for your point of view on Free race/Formula sails, I think I learned
something new.
Idea from my side was simply financial, in my region I can find 2nd hand 2 years old
Sail11-12m2+100%CMast+Boom+Extension for arround 900 Euro, which is maybe
price of new only the carbon boom, and Freerace sails so big are realy reare to find.

Thanks, Alen
5th August 2008 03:29 PM
How many boards then...

Originally Posted by Unregistered View Post
"Since you are looking for 10-20 knots, there probably isn't a "one board" solution, but you are on the right track."

If you 'need' more than one board for 10-20 knots, how many boards and sails does the average sailor 'need' to sail in all conditions?
Bingo! Where does it stop really?
5th August 2008 07:18 AM
Roger Hi Alen,
Ummmm.... you want to buy a formula racing sail, but do you want to get the really expensive mast, use an adjustable outhaul, have alot of cams, or....... do you just want to get planing soonest?
Big difference between a full on Formula Race sail...550 100% carbon mast, best to have a 100% carbon wide rear boom, best to have an adjustable outhaul system........
and a 9.5-11.0 m2 Free Race sail like the ones I suggested before.
Probably a shorter, less expensive mast, no requirement for full carbon wide back end boom, adjustable outhaul if you like, OK if you don't like, and a lot less pumping to get planing early.
Why..... the free race designs are about low end power and early planing....
The top level formula race sails are about extending the range of the sail to 20 knots
So, 2 completely different design philosophies.
I do not know if Starboard needs to bring back a "free race" type board.
I do not believe the S-Types or the F-Types were really big in sales, and the company
cannot keep making all sorts of models to suit all sorts of sailors, if they do not sell well enough to recover the cost to develop and tool up to make them.
Hope this helps,
5th August 2008 04:12 AM
prpa Hi Rogger
thanks a lot for your quick replay. I was planing to buy 2nd hand sail from Formula
guys in my region (they change sails every 1-2 years, so I can get 11-12m2 for
not so much big money).
I plan to keep my Futura 133, and get this bigger board for my holidays location.

Do you think that SB should introduce this option in freerace kind of board, like before?
(Before SB had Carve & S-type & F-type) now >> only Futura

Thanks again
2nd August 2008 07:38 AM
Roger Hi prpa,
I would suggest you look for an Apollo, or an Isonic 150.
The Apollo is 160 liters and 100 cm wide.
The Isonic 150 is 150 liters and 93 cm wide.
I would also suggest a 10.0-11.0 m2 free race rig (Sailworks Retro, Gaastra GTX, NP V8, Severne Overdrive/Gator.
Without the wide board and big sail, at your weight, I'm afraid you'll be in the "sub planing" realm under 10 knots.
Hope this helps,
2nd August 2008 03:32 AM
prpa (sorry for jumping in Your topic, but .... )

Hi Rogger & others

Can you suggest me board for light wind ~8-12 knots, because I would like
to get 1 board to cover this gap. Because during my vacation this spot more
less every day have conditions like that.

My specs: - 95 kg heavy / 190 cm hight
My Skil: - planing in footstraps and carve gibe
My goald: - freride planing

Board: - Futura 133
Sails: - 6.0 Gaastra Swift / 7.5 Neil Pride V6 / 9.0 Simmer 3-XC
Fins: - 48 cm / 52 cm

What will be good sugestion for Me Futura 155? Is there some board like F-type
in production or in plans for next year?

What will be size of the sail necessary to get planing according to my weight (95kg)?
31st July 2008 03:37 AM
Post 23 Duncan , I thought it was pretty clear our little side discussion sparked by Rogers (quite correct) comments weren't directed at you. Therapy I love that, like "am I mad to spend this much on gear ?". Yeah I've certainly wondered that at times, but still tell would be w/surfers it's only as expensive as you want to make it.

Anyway F122 is great 13-20 but I found it frustrating under that. I've spent an afternoon thinking this is a nice summer breeze I should be blasting, and I've got to work like crazy to get up for the occasional run. Unless you're happy for plenty of stop/start I wouldn't go under 75cm (F133).
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