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yankiwi 25th August 2009 11:02 AM

Go155 vs Carve 145
Currently I have three boards. Go 155 (about 2006 or 2007), Carve 145 (2005) and JP X-CiteRide 120 (2009). I am lusting after a smaller board now, and to get budget approval from the family CFO (wife) and need to sell one of the existing boards first. The JP has to stay - I know this is Starboard forum, but I love this board.
I would like to hold on to a board that will plane in the light summer winds we get here. So assuming I have a 8.5m sail and I weigh about 82kg - which board will plane in the lightest wind - the Go155 or the Carve145?? The Go has more volume, but it seems a lot heavier......
My decision is also complicated by the fact that my wife has expressed interest in learning to windsurf.
Any advice greatfully received.

Roger 25th August 2009 11:47 AM

Hi Yankiwi,
I'd keep the GO 155 (esp. if it has the EVA deck)!
If you can get the CFO/wife into windsurfing, then of course there will be a few more boards and rigs in the family.
I suggest getting a really light weight trainer rig (Sailworks Retro Rippers are about the best) for your wife to really give here the best shot a windsurfing enjoyment right from her first time on the board.
A lesson or 2 with someone outside the family would be good as well.
I know you want to teach her, but that doesn't always work out as the best way to create a "windsurfing" oriented relationship.
Also, with your 8.5 m2 I think the GO 155 may plane a little earlier than the Carve 145 (esp if you put a bigger fin in the back of the GO).
Hope this helps,

yankiwi 25th August 2009 12:48 PM

Thanks Roger.
Good advice on the boards. The Go does have a full EVA deck. When you say bigger fin, how big are thinking? It currently has a 50 or 52cm Drake fin.

I was already planning on the lessons from a pro - a divorce would not help the budget at all.

Unregistered 25th August 2009 08:26 PM

Bit of an overlap between boards so sell the wife and buy what you want.

Farlo 25th August 2009 11:29 PM

That's debatable. I still hope mine will come back to windsurf, despite little success for the past 20 years. She seems to consider kids as her main business. Go155 and JP120 is good combination. For your smaller board you may look for something around 95 liters, provided you keep the JP and progress fast.

Roger 26th August 2009 06:37 AM

Hi Yankiwi,
A fin in the 58-62 cm range will probably help lower your planing threshold with your 8.5 m2 rig to the extent possible.
As soon as she has the basics, it would be good to spend some of your sailing session sailing with/alongside her.
It's the first basic skills sessions that really seem to disrupt relationships.
As soon as she feels she is "getting it" she'll be on her way. The Go with a smaller
fin should be OK for her if you (or the pro instructor) teach her to stand slightly off center and tip the upwind rail down a bit to stay upwind.
Hope this helps,

yankiwi 26th August 2009 07:20 AM

Thanks for all the good advice guys. Mostly good advice anyway (I am not yet ready to sell my wife :-) ).
Based upon your advice I just traded the Carve 145 in on a brand new 97lt board. I am looking forward to the next windy day!!!

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