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Old 21st June 2012, 07:34 PM   #11
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You are right, I meant distance between mast foot and fin.

You are also right that I am simplifying. However, my take is that I will choose sail size first according to the wind. Theoretically, fin selection would be second, depending on the water state and ride objective. The smoother the water, the faster I'll go, and the smaller fin I will use. If I had a big quiver, board selection would be last step. Enough mast-foot to fin length to cover well my sail, enough width to make sure I am not overpowered by the fin, but not too much width to loose traction all the time due to chop.

Volume itself is important only if uphauling is required. Weight + 30l in my case for easy success. Volume is also practical to describe the boards since it cover both width and length in a single number, but it is not accurate at all. My Kona One behaves roughly like a 135l board but is 220l. The critical measurements are the same however.
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Mr Average weighs around 75kg.. In an attempt to sell as many of any individual board as possible ALL boards are designed with this in mind. The further you stray from being Mr Average (in weight) the harder it is to find a board that works for you in conditions you sail.

Unfortunately the situation is endemic. Most will tell heavyweights they need "more skill" (to uphaul/gybe/wave ride etc etc) but in reality they simply need more volume.. Reserve volume is even geared towards maintaining this BS... Its a ridiculous concept.. Imagine an oil tanker with 10 litres reserve volume...It would be sinking... A duck on the other hand floats happily with lots less than 10 litres reserve volume...Afraid all our sport is based on psuedo science... The manufacturers cant even (or wont)quote real volumes; in this way they are allowed to manipulate all us naive sailors into buying this years trend/revolution/wide board/tri fin/quad/ etc etc .. All we really need is a board that floats us and planes when its windy; gybes when we need and jumps when we want...But we are all victims of sponsored sailors/flashy magazines/sails patter and end up with 4 boards (3 of which are basically too small) ; 8 sails and 4 masts...

Oh and its fashion to sail a board thats too small... Go to any venue and everyone does it..Its not cool to sail a board thats big enough for you dude...
Finally someone gets it!
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