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Old 28th September 2011, 10:53 PM   #3
mark h
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Im still on the older W53, very very similar to the W54. If your sailing in open water all the time, the W54 will be the best board for you. This board is super easy, has a big sail range and able to do over 40k easy. I will always have a W53/54 in the speed quiver

On a nice flat speed course and in good winds, the W49 will potentially have higher speeds, but in less than perfect conditions the W54 will give you a higher average speed.

The good thing about the W54/W53 in open water is the OFO (around 32/33cm) so it can take bigger fins to avoid the rear-end letting go in between the chop.

As Maximus say's, both can take one sail size bigger. I use an 8m on the W53 an a regular basis and it is fine
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Last edited by mark h; 28th September 2011 at 10:55 PM.
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