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Old 26th February 2007, 07:07 AM   #6
mark h
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Default RE: Extra Fins for F-Type 158

Hi pa10
Q1. What would you propose? I read that the R19 is soft and thus, the one for light wind choice, but would that be OK for someone who is not a pro?

A: Any 70cm will improve ultra light wind performance. As the tail width of the F-Type 158 is over 73cm, it should be fine, even the most powerfull 70cm fins will work with your9.8m sail I.E. Deb R19, C3 Bravo etc.

Q2. What is the S or M initials next to the R# name of the fins?

A: The "S" stands for soft, the "M" stands for medium etc. Soft means its more responsive to pump as it more flexible. A "Stiff" fin cuts through chop better than a "Soft" fin and a medium is kind of a compromise.

Q3. What is the effect of fin rake on the sailing?

A: Forward rake increases the power and pointing ability of a fin and would normally be geared towards the lower-end. Less rake is geared more towards top-end and usually gives higher speeds.

Q4. What are the characteristics of the supplied Drake 64cm (soft, stiff etc)? What is its equivalent on the Decoichet line?

A: Not sure what Debs equivalent shape is to a 2005 Drake, but the R13 looks pretty similair. The Drake is pretty soft compaired to a custom, but this is down to materials. Like a 100% carbon mast Vs 40% mast, the custom fin will feel more alive/responsive.

If your looking for max range out of the F-Type 158, maybe a 54cm, 64cm (supplied with board) and a 70cm will do this (Or sell the 64cm and get a 60cm & a 70cm). If the Drake fins agree with you, it would be good to get Drake 54cm & 70cm fins so they all have the same charicter.

Cheers
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