Originally Posted by Charlie360
Hi All, I'm becoming a little frustrated with my I96 & 5.8 combinaton. I use the 96 with 2 sails mainly a Neil Pryde RS:Racing 5.8 and an RSR Evo I 6.7, I tend to use the supplied Drake 34 and 38 fins (and perhaps this is the limiting factor - aswell as me!) However I have seen GPS speeds of 36.8Kts with the 6.7 and the smaller fin, but with the 5.8 I'm struggling to get it over 35kts even when fully powered - it feels faster than the 6.7 but the GPS says it's not. I'm nearly always sailing in open sea conditions so it may be that the sea state gets too bumpy with the smaller sail/board combination as the breeze gets above 30kts - however I would appreciate a few pointers on improving this from the experts - I'm guessing a couple of new fins would probably help too?
Hi Charlie, I am not too surprised that the I96 is faster with the 6.7, my CA 58 is much better balanced with its optimal size (6.6) than with the 5.5 I happen to use when I am too lazy to rig up. In my case it is clear that a 6.6, is giving the board the drive it needs while the 5.5, or even a 6.0, makes the board more unstable and somewhat bouncy especially in chop.
I think to go faster you need a smaller board and/or a different location.