Fin for Isonic 127
I have an Isonic 127 (2012) with Drake Ready to Race 48cm and 50cm. They work fantasticly with the 9,3 sail. I have also sailed the 48cm with the 7,9. It works very good up to a certain level, but in really strong winds the 48cm gets too big and the board is difficult to control.
Therefore, I want to buy a fin for the 7,9 sail also. I am considering different fin options:
Drake Ready to Race 46 cm
Drake Ready to Race Downwind 46 cm
Vmax 45 cm
Vmax 47 cm
It will mainly be for blasting, but it need to have quite good upwind performance as well to get back to start point.
Any advice is welcome.
I'm using a iS137 with an 8.6m and 9.5m. I use F-Hot fins in S1 (stiffest lay up) in 52cm, 48cm and 46cm.
The 52cm and 9.5m for crappy super light 10-12 knot winds.
The 48cm gets used with the 9.5m in powered up to over powered, and 8.6m when powered up.
The 46cm get used with the 8.6m in over powered winds and its super quick make things much easier.
Every manufactures fin shape and carbon lay up feels different size for size c/w other brands. So not sure how the sizes/power etc are for the Drake ready to race, but if the 48cm is starting to feel big, I'd guess that the 46cm would do nicely.
I have heard that the new Drake's are working really well, and have heard that the Drake Down wind is especially nice. Maybe you would be better looking at a 48cm Drake Down wind as this would give you more control in over powered conditions than the Drake Ready to race 48cm.
Just my 2 cents worth:)
Thread starter again:
Thanks for your reply Mark. Highly appreciated.
However, I feel that changing from 48cm Ready to Race 48cm R2R Downwind will be a too small change. However, I have no experience with the Downwind fin, so you might very well be right.
My thought is as follows:
50cm fin with 9,3
48cm fin with 9,3 when overpowered
48cm fin with 7,9 when powered
46cm fin with 7,9 when overpowered (R2R or R2R Downwind)
I've read in the Team Forum that the bigger Isonics (at least the 137) need a more powerful fin than the Downwind fin to provide upwind performance. Will that apply to the 127 also ? Even in overpowered conditions ?
Drake Race 46 Ready to Race to still get the same kind of lift this board need but less will be better, you can go even to 44.
All the best
Thanks Remi, highly appreciated.
One more question:
I am not an active racer or speed sailor, but I like to blast and race my mates for fun.
I am considering to spend the extra money and add an Isonic 110 or 107 to my fleet. My weight is 96kgs and I believe an 110 liter would fit nicely in between my Isonic 127 and Manta 100 liter.
When fully powered (or overpowered) on the 127 with 9,3 I will then change to the 110 (or 107) and the 7,9.
I sail mostly in quite flat water, and if it is not flat it is mainly with chop 90° to sail direction. I kinda like the short wide boards and I think they handle chop quite well as long as they are given the correct trim.
Also I like the increased stability a wide board gives compared to a more narrow board. Another upside of this will be that I can use an 8,6 both on the 127 and on the 110.
Based on the above, I tend to land on a 110. However, I am all open for advice.
Thanks in advance for any advice, comments.
I was in Korea and Cyril who is 95 kgs choose 127/110/87 and in my opinion is the perfect choice, but of course every riders have their own style and choice.
But something who is clear is that the 110 is better than the 127 with 8.6, so I will recommend you the 110 over the 107 in this case.
If you don't have 8.6 both are really good (107/110) but 107 will be more easier in hard choppy condition.
Hope this help
All the best
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