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Old 13th December 2007, 07:59 AM   #2
Dream Team - School Guru
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Hi Marek,
What's wrong with the footstraps? They look hardly used.
The port side rear strap needs to be straightened at the back (check out the anti-twist teeth under the strap) and tightened, but other than that it's just exactly the way I would set it up if I were going to sail it. Same with your F-type!
The long "runners" down the bottom from the front are there so when you do "willy skippers" and jump and turn the board around in mid air, then land the board with you standing on the nose instead of the tail. Those little ridges will provide some "nose bite" when you develop your free style skills that far. The also work (sort of) if you lose your fin and need to sail back in (this is a safety tip.....! With no fin in the rear, nearly all boards are far easier to sail backwards (standing on the nose) than in the normal direction. Works much better than dragging a harness etc., and it's something you can practice on light wind days, just in case.
Since I think you may have discoverd that pushing across the top of the fin and keeping your board slightly "upwind rail up" gets you upwind the fastest and at the highest angle, you don't need to worry about your heels dragging. There will be 2" or more clearance under your heels when you sail the Carve 111.
At first, it's going to seem like the Carve 111 is missing it's fin since you only have your experience with the much larger fins on the F-Type.
So, if I recall correctly. didn't you got a larger fin with the board?
If not, pick up a good 38-42 cm fin and use that to start out, until you learn to get the Carve 111 up to speed BEFORE you start pressuring the fin much.
Cutouts under the stern of the Carves didn't start until about 2006 or maybe 2007.
The '07 boards with the more Isonic like cutaways and stern shape were a pretty radical departure for the Carve which was the "bread and butter" best board for all reasons and seasons for many years, so not many drastic changes were made until 2006-2007.
Since you have most of your experience on the FT-148, I think you will find the Carve 111 is totally comfortable and easy to sail, right out of the box.
And, it will be a dream to jibe in comparison to the FT-148.
The only hurdles you have to get over right at first are learning to be light on the fin (until you get some speed and the water starts moving past the fin enough to generate sufficient lift) and learning to keep the Carve going straight.
Tiny little changes in the roll atitude that didn't have much effect on your FT, will really make the Carve want to turn.
So, be steady, be easy on the fin, wait for enough wind, otherwise you will be kinda disappointed until you do get enough wind, and we are talking about 14 knots or more with a 7.5 m2 rig to really get into the Carve 111's sweet range. 6.5m2 and about 16 knots is going to blow you away (not like "out of control, but like blowing you mind it's so sweet!), 5.5m2 and 20 knots is where you are going to start wanting an even smaller board (don't tell your wife I said this, but it's pretty much inevitable, if you get that sort of conditions.)
Sure you can take the Carve 111 all the way to 24-25 knots with a 4.5-5.5 m2 rig, but something smaller will be making the same kind of differences you are going to discover between your F-Type 148 and the Carve 111.
Hope this helps,
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