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Old 6th October 2006, 12:04 PM   #1
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Default Vibrio Vulnificus

Hi Roger,

Last month I had the misfortune of lacerating my leg on the sharp fin of my FE 160, and introduced a rather nasty salt water pathogen into my bloodstream. Even though Vibrio has a fairly high mortality rate, I've recovered most of the function of my leg and foot, and decided to continue windsurfing. But now that i know about this risk, I want to be a little safer next time, so I have a question for you.

In future I'm going to wear a full suit all the time to protect my legs and ankles from fin cuts, but I'm still concerned about the sharp tip and trailing edge of this Drake formula fin. Do these edges really need to be that sharp, or can I blunt them with a sanding block without loosing too much performance?

Another fin-related question if I may - I will be in the Ft. Myers, FL area this winter and would like to sail my formula board. Can you recommend a good alternate fin for this shallow-water area? Also, where do you launch on Pine Island to sail PI sound?

Thanks for your advice.
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