Width is only an issue for me at start time in 8 knots. I might spend five minutes diving the kite and looping the kite just to get the board up out of the water and planing so I can get up on the foil. Once I am planing I can generate enough speed to pop onto the foil. Having a wide skim board will make it a little easier to get up and planing.
The Naish Hover 155 got it's first run yesterday. My thoughts are:neptune262 wrote: ↑Tue Oct 10, 2017 5:31 amLet us know how you find it - haven't heard of any demo reports yet!!bigtone667 wrote: ↑Mon Oct 09, 2017 11:02 pmI had bolted my original Fish Foil to a Victoria Skim Board and it worked quite well until I almost snapped the skim board completely in half and lost the foil.
My goal in life is to find a board that will get me up and planing in the lightest wind possible (100kg!!) so I can then pop onto the foil.
I didn't really want to buy a large floaty board with lots of swing weight, so I started on the El Stubbo (too small), Shinnster (better), Jackson (still too small. too much rocker), Crazyfly door (pretty good but ugly), Victoria Skim (pretty good but mechanically weak).
Naish has bought out a skim board/foil board, Naish Hover 155. Slightly larger and wider than the Victoria, definitely more surface area than the Stubbo/Shinnster/Jacksons, very flat with some nose rocker. They used tracks to hold the foil, so you can move the position of the mast around.
Should get to try it tomorrow. But pretty sure this will be the light wind monster and the jackson will be the surf monster.
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