Futura 93 vs Isonic 86
I'm undecided which way to go with these 2 boards. I am 188/85kg and will use 6.7/5.8 race sails. I sail mainly flat water with some lake sailing thrown in. Wind conditions will mainly be 15-25, with the odd 20-30 days as well. I like to do GPS, slalom and general cruising.
I have had the opportunity to try the Isonic 86 found the acceleration/gybing outstanding. However I also sailed the ST 93 at the same time, the difference in speed being hard to feel. The wind was only gusting to about 18/20.
In the wind range 15-30, what are the pro's and cons for the Isonic 86 vs the Futura 93.
It's true that there is a serious overlay in performance/range between some of the iS and the new Futura and this comparison highlights the importance of understanding the subtle differences in character, tuning and ride style that can seperate or differentiate the two.
If you had a solid 18-20 kts, the ST93 would (by then) be well powered and starting to come well into it's effective (competitive) range, and in that range the gap between both models may not be so obvious. However in lighter wind and also in upwind (or windward) work you will find the ST ultimately not as ruthless as the iSonics.
(this being mostly effected by the bevel on the ST rail vs the tucked but harder iS rail in the mid-fwd section).
Same in the Futura93, which is actually a total new 2008 development board, in rougher choppy conditions the FU93 will be relatively easy to sail fast and "careless" (trim), maintains a super easy and almost auto pilot jibe (you really gotta work to screw it up) whereas the sharper iS86 does deliver better accel and will certainly be at it's best when ridden with a more authoritive (locked) style-still very "free" (and easy over chop) by slalom/race standards - but requiring (and rewarding) that little bit extra technical / active /demanding input to extract(deliver) the real top end.
Short term I think iS86 will be easier to obtain in AUS than the (late delivery) FU93.
Cheers ~ Ian
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