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Old 21st August 2012, 02:36 PM   #11
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I don't have a 147, but it should beat everything upwind and downwind, except a formula board if the wind is at least 12-15 knots.


Learning upwind sailing on a formula board is pretty easy, the major risk is sheeting out when you get overpowered. If you don't keep the power on, with downward force in your seat harness, the board can take off/tail walk/back flip.

Downwind is a lot more demanding and takes a lot of practice, plus getting tossed over the nose is a given when learning. The risk is the mast hitting the nose of the board and breaking the board. On the other hand, it's a huge adrenaline rush when you get it figured out. It's mostly developing the confidence in your gear, since it's amazing what it can do when tuned correctly.

I am an average formula sailor, but sailing downwind in 25+ knots in 1 meter+ chop with a 7.6 can be a thrill of a lifetime (I have only do this in a race).
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Old 21st August 2012, 10:09 PM   #12
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Hi sailboarder, the 147 goes well upwind and downwind but it excels in going across the wind, it's just a big fast freeride board that is also comfortable, suggest fins of around 60 for 10.5 and 56 for 8.5 sails if well powered up.
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Old 23rd August 2012, 07:45 AM   #13
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All has been said by Ken and mcross.
I use a 64 fin with a lot of flex in the tip (Deboichet R12) with a 10.9 sail and the standard 58 fin with my 8.8 sail.
I would like to add that In the real low wind range, i.e. 8-12 knots, I sometimes have a hard time to push it upwind. This is where my F161 used to excel. It's about the only minus I can think of if I compare the US147 with my former F161.
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Old 23rd August 2012, 09:43 AM   #14
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to mahagedorn the OP/original poster:

personally prefer more sails + fins over more boards
if you get a sail between your bigger sail and the 7.5
you should be able to use it on the F161
butt perhaps you could also speed up the board that usually requires 18 knots to fire up

i now have a BIC Techno Formula with trimm box and i love it
have not tried it in 15 to 20 knot winds yet
for me FreeFormula with 10-oh from 10 to 15 knots
AHD FF 160liter/80 cm with 8-oh in 15 to 18 knots
and i weigh like you do 220-225 lbs

good winds
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