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AR 21st February 2007 11:36 PM

S-Type - Fin size change
 
This question is for Starboard Team and to others that might know:
The S-Type 93 2006 comes with a 28 cm Fin, while on 2007 it comes with a 34cm fin.
Same with othe boards in the ST family but not so drastically...
Why?
Thanks

Ian Fox 23rd February 2007 11:54 AM

RE: S-Type - Fin size change
 
Hi AR,

Ironically, the answer is partly also AR - as in Aspect Ratio.

The new 2007 fins are a higher AR, so their mechanical size ("cm") is bigger than the older fins "cm" for given performance size. That applies across the whole range of that fin model/family - and correspondingly where used on the ST range as stock.

The reason the 2007 ST93 is proportionally longer (again) than the other ST models is that we also decided to spec the stock fin to be a "performance size" (range size) larger than the previous ST93 generation. This was based on the feedback that many riders were using more the 32cm size previously in this board, more often than the old stock 280 lower AR fin.

Despite the apparent large difference in "cm (mechanical )size", please be aware the performance size of the new 340 is about 1 to 1.5 "fin sizes' bigger than the old model 280, rather than the 2 to 3 sizes bigger the cm rating (alone) would imply.

Cheers ~ Ian

AR 23rd February 2007 03:43 PM

RE: S-Type - Fin size change
 
Hello Ian,
Thanks foir your answer.
Humorous and reasonable....best combination...
It helps me figureout a set of 3 fins for my ST93 and ST126 to cover a wide wind range.
I'm 78 Kg, my main sails are Essy 5.2, 5.7, 6.6 and an older set of Hot 4.5, 5.5, 7.5
I'm thinking of set of Free Slalom fins 30, 34, 40cm (with the 34 for both boards), or 32, 36, 42.
What would you recommend??
Enjoy good winds
AR

Ian Fox 23rd February 2007 05:34 PM

RE: S-Type - Fin size change
 
Hi AR,

Sorry about the humor, for me it's a bad habit. Aussie style.

For the rider weight and sail range you're considering,
Free Slalom 30 / 34 / 40 will be a more ideal size quiver than
Free Slalom 32 / 36 / 42.

Both options will work OK, but the 30/34/40 hits the spot better.

Please let us know if you would like more info etc.

Cheers ~ Ian

AR 23rd February 2007 07:15 PM

RE: S-Type - Fin size change
 
Hello Ian,
No need to apologise. Ment it as a complement.
And thanke for the additional info.
I'll translate it to PO....(our term for Purchase Order)
Have a good day
AR


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