Formula Board for a Heavyweight?
6 years ago when I was returning to windsurfing at age 52 and 235 lbs, Roger Jackson advised that I purchase a 2002 Start board with a 70cm fin. I did this and have had fun planing more than I ever have. Recently I bought an 11.0 Sailworks Retro to add to an 8.0.
Although I don't get out on the water as much as I'd like, I want to spend more time sailing in the light air that is prevalent where I live. The Start is a bit heavy so I'm wondering if I would benefit from a formula board or if they don't have enough volume for my weight in light winds where uphauling is necessary. I'll look forward to your advice.
Glad to hear you have been enjoying your 2002 Start!
A formula 162, or an Apollo might plane a bit earlier for a fellow
your weight than the Start, and I do not think you would have
any issues with the volume.
It will float lower in the water than your Start, for sure, but should
still provide you with a stable platform to uphaul in winds < 15 knots.
If possible, check your local launch and see if you can borrow a formula
board for a coupe of runs, or maybe just climb on the board close to shore
to see how it floats.
Hope this helps,
Thanks again Roger. I really appreciate your advice. I have fallen victim in the past to the advice of 150 lb retailers who are not able to appreciate the major difference that heavyweight sailors face on a board so give advice that won't work for us.
Your experience is valuable - thanks again.:)
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