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Old 9th April 2008, 02:18 AM   #1
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Default Faster Planing for S-Type 115L?

I bought an S-Type 115 last summer. I wanted something that could go fast and still be uphaulable (I had to swim an hour to shore the previous year). I have been very pleased with the speed and was surprised with how easy it turns. Planing out of a turn is much easier than I expected with a speed board. But the board seems unusually slow to plane. I am usually the last one on a plane even against some 8 year old boards. With the 6.0m sail I am not sure whether it can plane up any faster than my Sonic 85. And with the 7.0m it seems like a real dog. I am used to surfing the Sonic down a wave to get it going but the S-Type doesn’t seem to want to surf. I guess I could hop on the Carve 135 but I definitely can have more fun on the narrower S-Type once I am up on a plane. The stock fin was a spin-out king so I am using Curtis CR7 36 and 40cm fins. I could use some suggestions on making the S115 plane faster (fin size, foot position, mast track, or anything else you have found to work).

On another note I had to resurface the Sonic last year. I used 2-part epoxy and spread salt on top to get texture. The wood came out looking great and the texture is perfect. However, as predicted by the guy I bought the epoxy from, the epoxy has browned slightly in the sunlight. Is there some epoxy made for outdoors? It looked like it would be a lot of work to tape over the Starboard emblem but now I am wishing I had. The 2003 Sonic 85 is a great drag racer but I would appreciate any tips anyone has on making it go faster?
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