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Old 24th January 2011, 02:18 PM   #1
NIG
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Default iSonic 117 Wide vs 127/131

Hi there,
Tiesda asked me to post my question on the forum so here you go:

Hi Tiesda,

Can you enlighten me on the following ?

I'm looking at buying one of your new ISonics to get some early planning action here on Lake Geneva which is a nice place but not very generous in terms of wind speed and consistency. A typical day is a gusty and choppy 10-13 knots sometimes less sometimes more (more often less). I'm medium weight (currently 73 kgs) and size (180 cm), in pretty good shape and would rate my level as advanced. I have been considering your 131 of last year to go together with a 9.5-10 m2 free-race sail (e.g. North Ram) but read in your forum that this type of board was actually a mid-wind option for heavy sailors (90kg +) but that for guys my size it made no sense because we could never get the full potential out of it. Early planning is important but I also don't want to be limited in terms of performance, i.e. top end speed and control.
My next smaller board is a Tabou Manta 69 which is great (sorry...) and I would like to keep but is obviously limited in the lower range (I sail an 8.4 on it but it's not great honestly). Its ideal wind range is around and above 15knots with a 7.3 but below it's really sub-optimal.
So what do think would be a good match for an 8.4 - 9.5 (maybe 10) m2 sail range for a sailor my size and level ? Is that above comment on the 131 accurate and should I be looking for something leaner (such as your 117 Wide but that may be close to the Manta) or go for your 127/131 ?

Really appreciate your advice on this.

Thanks and best regards,
NIG
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