Help deciding Futura 101 vs 111
Iíve pretty much decided that a Futura should be my next board, just a matter of the 101 vs the 111 liter or 122 ( less likely)
Background. Iím an intermediate sailor. 73 KG. Have a 2005 145 liter Carve and a 2000 103 liter 277 F2 Ride (59 cm wide). I can waterstart, harness, get in the straps, tack my 145 liter board, working on planning through jibes. I sail in flat water and a little chop, no waves though that would be fun down the road. I usually sail the 145 liter with a 8.5 or 7.0 sails. Sometimes a 6.0 with smaller fin Unfortunately havenít had the best timing or time to get on the 103 liter board to use a 6.0 or 5.0, but Iíve found that the board hasnít been the most stable, esp for tacking.
So mainly sailing 6.0 and up. Very occasionally 5.0, very rare 4.2
Goals are getting on the smaller board more often and being more stable and comfortable.
Learning to tack the lower volume board. Uphauling occasionally. I donít want to buy another board only to have it sit in my garage like the F2.
Futura 101: 65.5 cm wide, sails 4.5-7.5
Futura 111: 68 cm wide, sails 5-8.0
Futura 122: 72 wide, sails 5.5-9.0
So my options are:
1)keep the 145 liter Carve for light winds and buy a 101 F for stronger winds. However can you really sail a 7.0 (or alternatively a 4.2) on this board with different fins? Will it be that much more stable than my 59 cm wide F2 ride?
2)Buy a 111 Futura which should handle most of my sailing. I think at more volume and quite a bit wider than my F2 this would noticeably more stable. However, Iím wondering if Iím limiting my high wind 4.2 potential daysvs the 101 liter F? Also, would I be able to float a 8.5 on thisÖif so, this could become my one and only board and sell the Carve
3)Buy a 122 Futura as my one and only board, sell the 145 CarveÖhowever, this would limit my high wind options even further.
4) do nothing, force myself to have more time on my current 103 liter board.
Thanks for the advice.
Last edited by greyghost; 23rd September 2010 at 08:41 AM.