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Old 12th November 2008, 03:21 AM   #1
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Default F-Type 138

Hi Roger - it is turning cold here in Canada so it is time to start thinking about new boards!
Currently I have: Serenity, FF158 (04), Futura 122, Retro's 10 (on order),8.5,6.5 & 5.2 ezzy.

I am thinking about switching my ff158 for a F Type 138 (on closeout). I would use the Ftype with the 10.0 and 8.5. Great Lakes (choppy) or small lake. 90kg waterstart & jibe.

I love the ff158 except - it is getting somewhat beat up from alot of use
- hard to sail in rougher water (great lakes)
- requires alot of pumping to get going
How do you think a F Type 138 (88cm) would work - with a 10.0 retro - in rougher water 10-20 knots - and how much early planing would I lose compared to the 158.

Because I like to sail the serenity up to 10knots - I don't really require the extra low end anymore.

Any thoughts would be appreciated.

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Old 12th November 2008, 01:11 PM   #2
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Hi Joe,
If you are getting a really good price on the closeout F-Type 138, that is certainly
something to consider.
On the down side, at 90 Kg. I think you would be giving up alot of early planing,
and probably not getting the improved ride in choppy conditions that you feel
the smaller, narrower F-Type 138 would give.
There will be an improvement, no doubt, as downsizing from 100 cm to 88 cm will
get you a better ride in rougher conditions, but not as much as I think you are actually
looking for.
If you wanted to spend a bit more money, perhaps one of the larger Futuras or Isonics
would give you more of what you seem to want.
I think you would be creating a significant gap between the Serenity and the
F-Type 138.
If you were looking at the F-Type 148, at your weight, that would be, in my opinion,
a better choice, but it still won't get you the smoother ride it seems you want in 15 knots and up.
For what your seem to be asking for, I'd suggest the Futura or Isonic 133 or 144.
They are narrower than the F-Type, so you would give up as much, if not a little more
in early planing (still a gap I'm afraid) but you would gain a much better ride in your 15-20 knots range.
In my opinion, the F-Types and '04 Free Formulas where "detuned" formula boards, and as the wind and chop gets up, they have the same issues with control, without the huge sails you find on formula boards in formula races, to hold them down.
Result...... not a real good compromise in 15-20 knots.
Narrower boards (<= 85 cm) are far easier to control in this wind range.
Hope this helps,
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Old 12th November 2008, 06:59 PM   #3
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Thanks Roger - great advice.

I think I will keep my 158 for at least a season and then maybe think about an isonic 133/144 or larger futura.

Although it does look as though the FT138 is very close in specs to the larger isonics?

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