RE: Help with recreational Formula Board choice...
Yes. The 160 will for sure plane earlier than the F-Type.
I owned a F-type 158 for a year, and it was clear to me, that the formulaboard was the erarliest planing board.
Used the F- type 158 with a Drake 70 fin and a RS3 size 11m2.
In my view the F-type is not a early planing board compared to other "semiformulaboards"
Not as easyplaning as the Bic Techno Formula, but faster. I owned at Bic for severlal years.