Just picked up a Go 144 l board for my wife who is advancing in her sailing skills.The board came with a 48 cm fin.I need to get her a shorter fin for windier conditions.Wondering what lenght of fin to go to for higher winds, 18 kts +? She will mainly be sailing at a lake with choppy conditions . Can you recommend some other fins for this board.
What is her skill level now?
What size sails is she using?
48 cm is about right for the width of that board for 6.5 m2 and up.
You migt want to find a 46 cm or 42 cm.
Do you have weeds on your lake?
Did the GO 144 come with the 41 cm Shallow water fin?
For winds > 18 knots, the Go 144 will become quite a handful.
Do you have any smaller boards she could use for the higher winds?
Re Go 144
Thanks for the reply.....answer to some of your questions:
She is a beginner, but this past Feb learned to get in the foot straps and hooked in and planing......but that was in Bonaire in ideal conditions.
Right now have sail sizes 5.8, 5.5. and 5.0 for her.
We sail in the ocean and at a lake that gets a summer thermal, and yes we get lots of weeds, so I will need to get a weed fin.???
The board did not come with a shallow water fin.In September we will be making a trip to a place where the water is shallow so will need a shorter fin.
I do have a JP 120 X-cite ride that I'm hoping she will progress to from the 144......my other two boards are under 100 l, so not a good option for her.
So I guess I need to figure out what I need to get for a " small" fin and a weed fin that will work for this board.
OK, I have the picture....
I'd suggest a couple of vario rake weed fins.
The vario rake "shallow water" weed fins from True Ames (Shallow Water Weed),
and Tangent Dynamics (Tangent Reaper) would do the job, and they do not stick out
dangerously behind the board like the 50 deg. rake angle weed fins from other sources.
I also like the Wolfgang Lessacher Duo Weed fins, but you would need to get them directly from Wolfgang in Germany. (He does internet sales, so it's possible).
I'd look for the a couple of weed fins in he 32 cm-38 cm range.
One fin around 34-36 cm would really be all she needs.
In Bonaire, she was probably sailing on a larger fin cut down to 32 cm, so that size should work.
A good quality weed fin (that does not stick out the back of the board dangerously) will get her going just as well (and just as fast) as a vertical fin, at her skill level.
If she is going to stay under 6.5 m2 these fin sizes will work nicely.
Hope this helps,
P.S. If your < 100 liter boards are fairly modern and wide, and your wife is fairly light in weight, she could fool you as to how easily she could adapt to the smaller boards.
What was she sailing in Bonaire (brand/liters)?
Thanks for the advice Roger
In Bonaire she sailed a Tabou Rocket 145 and 135 and JP X-cite ride 145.Lac Bay is very shallow at parts, especially when the tide is out so the fins on the board there were very short.She seemed to be most comfortable on the 145's.
Oh, and one day she did sail a starboard when she took lessons from Elvis at Bonaire Windsurf Place....cant remember the size but it was the first time she planed on a windsurfer.....plug for Starboard.
Again, thanks for the help, I think she will really enjoy this board.
GO 144L versus JP Fun Ride 145L
Does anybody have any experience with these two boards?
I cannot find reviews for these boards although I found some reviews of their "big brothers" (Futura and JP X-Cite Ride).
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