RE: Long and Short Board suggestions
I weigh 190 lbs and sail 10.0 and 8.0 Retros most of the time in light to medium wind in the summer.
I think the Kona might be a good choice as a 3rd board for me. I do want to keep the FF 198 and the red HiFly 279 and agree anything in between them would overlap too much.
Are you able to get in the Kona straps easily? Are they ok for planing with the daggerboard up and then for going upwind with it down and the board railed up? I think the footstrap positions are my biggest concern. Usually on boards like the HiFly Madds I move the straps forward and inboard when I rent on vacation.