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Old 21st January 2013, 01:31 PM   #11
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Hallo Remi,
tested the 117 few times now (always with the same 8,6 and same carbon fin 42).
Test sessions were done in any condition the board is supposed to be performant:12-22 kts.
Having used the 117w 2012 with the same sail and a 41 (same fin brand) I can confirm that this one delivered a better feeling.So far I've never felt that kick ass that makes you step forward when a gust hits the sail.
Didn't understood if it's a fin size or bend stiffness issue but it's what I've found out.Note that planning was not a problem,even is 12 kts.I'm talking about instant accelleration.The 117 2013 (used with that fin) seems like the 127 ride.
Should get new fins later this week and will test more.

Rear Footstraps:all the way back
Front Footstraps:all the way in front (maybe need to rear them a hole)
Mast base:3cm back respect the sign
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Old 22nd January 2013, 12:36 AM   #12
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Hi Unregistered,

To make a clear test you have to have the same sail, same fin and same approximatively weight rider then swap to see the real difference. Just by feeling is definitely not enough and fin can make a huge difference.

Actually my best fin for the 2012 117 Wide and 2013 117 is the 44 with 8.6 & 9.2 and my best foot straps position are totally in the back for the back one and in middle in the front one.
Some fins who are working really good on this boards : Deboichet R16 44, Drake Slalom DW 44 Ready to Race & Z Fins 44 S-

Mast base is only 5mm behind the recommend position for both., boom height correct.

Hope this will help you, do know hesitate to keep me up date.

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Old 22nd January 2013, 06:03 AM   #13
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I agree about the way to test.
Me and my buddy (similar weight,ability and usually same speed) tested both boards with no sail settings change.We started using our own stuff,then swapped boards (complete of fins) and then only fins.
As told you,on the 117w,the 41 S- worked quite good as well as the 42 S (same brand) almost anytime tested.And it happened using the 8,6 and 7,8.
Can't say the same with the 117 2013.What disappoint me is the fact that it didn't work even in steady wind and difficult messy chop (where that kind of foil is supposed to make a difference).
Next time I'm gonna rear the front straps setting (I've put them so far forward in order to replicate my 127 footstraps distance) and will see what's gonna happen.Do you think I should move forward the base plate? Why?
We are currently using a fin brand that is proved to be good with Starboard.
As soon as I have next test I'll be back here posting.
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