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Old 7th September 2007, 12:47 AM   #11
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Hi Squiz,

If you want to get planing earlier than you do on your longboard or carve, but you don't want to get a formula with 70 cm fin and 11 m sail, you might consider a hybrid board. I've enjoyed the mistral prodigy a lot, but I hear the newer hybrids are even better, with planing performance that is closer to a formula board. Starboard's hybrid formula got good reviews, as did the Exocet Pacer 300 (in the video below).


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Old 7th September 2007, 04:00 AM   #12
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Hi James

thanks for the link - looks a good board!!!
I have a F2 Lightning (details below) which I bought secondhand for my 20 year old son to sail (for cruising with me,learning waterstarting,getting into footstraps etc)I have sailed it a few times but find it sluggish to plan because it is quite heavy.Perhaps I'll look for a 10.3 tushingham Lightning(as I like the 9.4 alot)and give it another go.What sails do you use with your Mistral Prodigy?


F2 Lightning 2007(Reference #9)
The F2 Lightning - an old familiar name, yet a completely new board concept. All advantages of classic race boards and formula boards were combined in one shape. Equipped with the cut-outs and the new bump-deck, the Lightning Regatta offers windsurfers 100% high-tech allowing them to be the fastest both in weak winds under 8 knots and in planing winds up to 30 knots.Flat scoop-rocker line over a board length of 285 cm for perfect performance under both planing and weak wind conditions
Wide tail, straight outline, and long straight rails for early planing, easy upwind moves at weak winds, and full control with dynamic riding properties at strong winds. Bump-deck for better foot grip when pumping

Mono-concaves at the front for a smooth ride through choppy waters and a strong lift for very early planing. Double concaves near the mast rail help avoid hitting the chop too hard. A flat V in the tail for maximum speed .

Extremely wide bevels cause the board to tilt to the lee side when not planing, which on the one hand produces less friction on the side of the board facing the wind and, on the other, offers a lot of edge surface to cross faster and higher.

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Lightning length width weight volume fin N/S Course sail tba
Lightning 285 88cm 225 12.5 d tuttle 65 6-12.0m 1189

Price : 1,188.99 Including VAT at 17.5%
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Old 8th September 2007, 09:03 AM   #13
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Oh, I was confused. I didn't realize you already had a hybrid board because I thought your F2 lightning was the OLD F2 lightning, which was a narrow longboard.

That changes my advice. My new advice is: 1) Stick with the F2 lightning, 2) get as big a sail as you can handle, 3) work on your tuning and technique. Wide boards often need some serious sail pumping and bearing off the wind to pop over the planing threshold, even when there's plenty of wind to maintain a plane after initiation. The amount of downhaul and outhaul on your sail, the height of the boom, and the position of the mast foot can all make a difference, too.

My sail for early planing on the Prodigy was a 10.6. It got me going in about 10 knots. I had a 9.4, too, but that took about 12 knots to get going, which was a significant difference. I'm 72 kg.

Good luck.
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