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Old 4th February 2010, 02:24 AM   #4
Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: Dallas, Texas USA
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You say "earliest planing possible". If you really mean this, why not the 141 or 155? One board won't offer planing at 10 knots and a "bit of top end" in 20 knot chop. The Formula experience may come closest to doing everything you want, but it is certainly a different type of sailing experience than a Futura.

I think you need something at can handle a least a 9.0-9.5 sail, but this size sail will work better with the 141 or 155.

Why carbon? Stiffer and rougher ride than the wood. I doubt the weight difference will be noticed, but the smoother ride will.
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