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Postby Sake » Sun Sep 15, 2002 10:41 pm

How to make a Drake 147 go faster/better for gusty winds?

I love the Drake, except for gusty winds and really light winds. Medium to Overpowered it's a GREAT board.

I heard about removing fins or getting different fins. The 2003 Drake has according to rumours different fins to make it go faster

Has anybody idea's(experimented?) with this.


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Postby Dwight » Mon Sep 16, 2002 1:02 am

Take the wake fins off. Ride with the 4 big fins. That's what my friends with that board have done.

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Postby Sake » Mon Sep 16, 2002 10:17 am

Thanks for the reply, Dwight.
I thought that should not make a big difference, but I'll try that first.

What about replacing the big fins by the small wake fins? Anybody tried that?

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Postby Guest » Mon Sep 16, 2002 11:20 am

Hi Sake,
go and get 4 1,5" wake fins and try it out.
It will be much faster. This is the configuration how it will come 2003.

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Postby Dwight » Mon Sep 16, 2002 12:06 pm

Before spending money on wake fins, try using just the 2 wake fins on your heel side to see if you like the slippery feel of those fins.



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Postby Johnny TBKS » Mon Sep 16, 2002 12:10 pm

Definately try changing your fin configuration a bit using your current fins or by removing some of them before spending money on new fins. You may be surprised at the difference the different configurations will make. The skate series boards by SlingShot are designed o be setup differnetly by changing the fin configuration on it. Give it a go and let us know back here how it went for you.

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Postby Sake » Mon Sep 16, 2002 4:46 pm

Thanks for the useful replies.
I'll give it a try myself and I will post my findings.

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Postby Guest » Mon Sep 16, 2002 11:01 pm

I have a Drake and use it when ever I am powered up. Slingshot says that using all fins at once is for underpowered conditions, but I find that using a bigger board is much more effective than trying to make this board stay upwind when underpowered. I removed the two wake fins and it made a noticable difference, but not a huge difference. Water shoots through the holes, but it is not noticeable unless you look at the board - need to figure out a way to plug the holes - any suggestions?. Next I will try several other fin configurations. I doubt that this will be a good finless board since the tips are so narrow, but might even try this. Has anyone tried using only heel-side or only toe-side fins?

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Postby Guest » Mon Sep 16, 2002 11:30 pm

I use this board in 4 fin setup (stock fins) and like it this way as long as there is enough wind. Once I get up to speed, I find that I can even weight each leg, as opposed to putting more weight on the back leg, like I am used to on other boards. I know it seems unlikely, but I seem to go faster this way. Also, the board feels very comfortable and balanced with even weighting - I like it - no back leg fatigue! I have heard that some wake boards require more front leg pressure than back, but that Wave Trays require more back leg pressure than front. Can someone please explain this as it relates to board design and fin size and number? Thanks

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Postby aklbob » Tue Sep 17, 2002 1:50 am

The slingshot boards are much slower full stop. They have heaps of rocker, thats what makes them slow, that's why they handle lots of power, and like being overpowered! It's an inefficient design. I noticed that the original gorge designed custom version of these boards has quite a bit less rocker... anyone care to comment?


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