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16th April 2007 07:49 PM
RE: Isonic 111 speed

My last and highest top speed on the iS111 / SSR7,6 / orig. 42cm is 64,2km/h (35kn). Wide tail needs correct fin length. Usually fins should be 5-9cm shorter than the "one foot off" dimension. Tail of the 111 is 49,2cm so matching fin sizes in normal slalom dimensions from 40-44cm. Off course you can ride smaller fins for better control and comfort but than you will not be fast and should better bye a freeride board.
4th April 2007 10:21 PM
RE: Isonic 111 speed

Just finished tu put on the footstraps (soft and light) on the board.Till now I haven't seen any 2007 isonic so I was pretty curious.
From a first sight the volume seems well balanced.The tail is very wide (for the given board volume) and relatilely thin but what I like so much is the wingers system for a better water release while blasting on the fin.It should balance the wide o.f.o. .
Scoop-rocker line seems straight while the board lays in the floor but it means NOTHING till the tail isn't charged with the feets into the footstraps!!
Med weight rated.
Hope to give a test as soon as possible.
4th April 2007 07:11 PM
RE: Isonic 111 speed

maybe I should say that 38-42 is a SLALOM RACE combo.For speed reach in a long leg a smaller one should help but you can't go too much smaller as the board start to become less controllable and more sensible to chop and/or gusts.Spin out is just around the corner and the final result will be not so far forward......
4th April 2007 05:08 PM
RE: From Adam in kernow

Way too large a fin for pure speed
You can use much smaller.

Speed sailing - the fin is crucial.
I use a Falcon 2005 90litre (60cm width) with a 26/28cm fin for downwind - Max GPS on this board 38.5 knots in Choppy/Flat water.

Simon Hinkley Recently used the 105 Isonic with 32/34 fins and was hitting peaks of 33/34 knots at choppy marazion with a 7m.
4th April 2007 03:55 PM
RE: Isonic 111 speed

Fin cm lenght is not the only parametre to watch.Don't forget cmq of it.And,what about profile?
If we speak of sl2 on 7,0 anything from 38 to 42 will work.
4th April 2007 02:10 PM
RE: Isonic 111 speed

To me its seems pretty obvious that a 42 cm. fin is holding you back with a 7.0 sail.
What fin/sail combos do you use on the 94?
4th April 2007 04:48 AM
RE: Isonic 111 speed

Sorry, I don't agree with Peter here but I think we are talking cross purposes. My experience is that the 36cm works absolutely fine in higher winds. I just need to work out when to start using it and I have a feeling that the 36 is actually better matched to the 7m sail than the 42.
Outright speed is affected by the size of the fin (but of course limited by the size (width) of the board). In 20 knots I can still hang on to my 7m with ease but the Is 111 with the 42 fin has become uncontrollable. To much lift means it starts to tail walk and in some cases literally takes off. The answer is to fin down, which is fine if you are looking for outright speed, because you are by definition sailing off the wind.

Anyway - the real question is whether the 42 stock fin is holding the board back? I still feel that it might.
3rd April 2007 08:54 PM
RE: Isonic 111 speed

So Peter what's in your opinion the smallest sail/fin that the board can match at 85 kg ? 6,7 and 38 sl2 ?
If so I presume that a 42 will match good the 7,8....
I'm still waiting a bit for placing the order of the fins....
3rd April 2007 07:54 PM
RE: Isonic 111 speed

Hi Mezza:
my top speed with iS111/42/SSR7,6=32,5kn. I am 92kg and 184cm. Because of the wide tail(49,2cm) the iS111 works never with the small 36cm fin. It needs lift from the fin to plane free and adjustments to ride it mainly with the back feet. Pull down your sail for more loose leech, rise the boom until you have main press on the back feet and position the power joint in the middle of the box. Have fun!!
1st April 2007 11:33 PM
RE: Isonic 111 speed


As a recent owner of an Isonic 111 (sailed 6 sessions) I can say that the 42 cm fin is not suitable for speed while powered with a 7.0 sail . I use the 111 with a 7.7 Severne code red sail in the 12-18 knots range with the stock drake 360 fin (good upwind performance, no spinouts, high downwind speed).
The max gps speed I measured is 31 knots in far from ideal speed conditions (gusty-medium chopp).
I guess that for a 6.7 or 7.0 sail, when powered at the 15/20 knots range the ideal fin size is between 34/36 cm, and a skilled sailor would reach 34/35 + knots in flat water.

As your IS111 comes equiped with both fins (42 and 36) you can try this without buy a new one for the first trials, then you can try more speed dedicated fins in order to improve your results.
Please tell me your experience later .
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