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Unregistered 11th October 2013 12:58 PM

Which board for intermediate
I weight 82 kg, and usually sail in the Mediterranean/adriatic sea with light winds most of the time ranging from 8 to 25 knots (80% 8-16). Conditions are flat to choppy waters and I need to improve my jibes and, in general time on water. I use a no cambered 7.6 sail with an S-type 126 and I believe I can start planning constantly from 14-16 knots. As I wrote I need to increase time on water otherwise, now I am thinking to get me another rig, something like a 9/9.5, my question is which board should I get to plane as early as possible, due my equipment, conditions and skill? Futura?

mcross19 11th October 2013 06:20 PM

Ultrasonic, simples

Unregistered 17th October 2013 01:20 PM


Originally Posted by mcross19 (Post 60977)
Ultrasonic, simples

This is interesting thanks , anybody else minding commenting ? Maybe from SB staff ?

max1ci6 1st November 2013 01:25 PM

Hi mcross

first thanks for answering (i am the original first poster) , would a Isonic 127 (2013) work the same in my conditions? I can get this more easily and save some money too .

Macka Packa 2nd November 2013 02:18 PM


Originally Posted by max1ci6 (Post 61061)
Hi mcross

first thanks for answering (i am the original first poster) , would a Isonic 127 (2013) work the same in my conditions? I can get this more easily and save some money too .

The 127 is an excellent light winder at our weight (82kgs). But you will not be planing in 8kts - 10kts. A 9.6 on the 127 will be great and you'll be smoking in 10-15kts.

To get the most out of the Ultrasonic and plan in 8-12kts you will need a big rig, 11m + 550 mast + formula boom. But even with a 9.6 and big fin will plan earlier than 127.

Probably 1-2 knots in it at the low end with the same rig? With a big rig the Ultrasonic will be planing 3-4 knots earlier.

Good luck, either choice will put a smile on your dial.

max1ci6 2nd November 2013 09:43 PM

Thanks Patrick for your detailed answer , I think that if i need a formula rig (11m) to plane in 8-10 knots with US then , probably , it makes more sense to get a formula board and go fully formula . If with a 9/9.5 and a 127 isonic i will plane in 10-15knt i would be pretty happy . I understand US will plane early than a IS127 with the same fin and rig ... still haven't made my mind :)

joe_windsurfer 3rd November 2013 10:36 AM

just to suggest - worry more about 10+ knots than 8

happy sailing

mcross19 4th November 2013 08:37 AM

You don't need 11m+ sails to get the best out of an Ultrasonic something around 9.5-10 works equally as well if you get the right sail ie a slalom sail which are more powerful than a same size Formula sail. The ultrasonic is comfortable to be in the straps all day long whereas the Formula board is quite extreme but would plane marginally earlier. Lastly the Ultrasonic may plane through the lulls better than the 127 but having not tried them I couldn't say for definite.

max1ci6 4th November 2013 08:24 PM

mcross thanks again for answering , if I may ask you few questions ... which rig do you use with your US? How much do you weight? How many knots do you need to start planning? Did you use a formula before? By reading some of your messages it's clear you greatly enjoy your US , asking on forums and personally with some windsurfers i got mixed opinions (consensus is speed=isonic 127 , planing=formula) , but , of course , nobody i spoke with had the US but only slalom or formula boards ..... so it could be just prejudice or maybe not :)
Still undecided .... :rolleyes:

OZI 5th November 2013 08:03 AM

I would also consider 117W with an 8.6. I am 82kg and this is my light wind choice. Can get planning in 10-12 knots. 127 with 9.2/9.6, you would probably get planning in 8-10 knots.

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