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Old 23rd November 2008, 10:32 AM   #4
Join Date: Nov 2008
Posts: 27

Oh yes, "unmarked" boards. My personal experience comes from a fairly standard oldschool mistral xle, which turned out to be 94 ltr. The thing is, volume in high winds may not be as important as tail width and rocker shape. If it's below 55cm in width, 9' and pin tailed i'm not going to bother with it for flatwater sailing. A properly designed board, when half planing, should only really then take a committed step into the straps and it should plane fully. The problem with long skinny shortboards is that that step is longer than it needs to be, and a long, low float skinny board is super senstive to drag created by changes in angle of attack. A small, yet wider board is less so.
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