gmb13 wrote:KYLakeKiter wrote:This may just be me, but I have an old Cabrina Vari 148 that has a 6 fin (2 in the center) setup. I have tried it many times with all 6 fins on it, and I find the center fins almost useless. They seem to have no upwind improvement, and only have a negative affect on sliding turns.
My buddy has a Spleene Barn Door 159 that is much like this board (no center fins) which works great. I can get upwind on it somewhere just at or above 7kts. (not measured, just below where the whitecaps appear) It is an awesome utility board that gets the job done.
I imagine that this Flydoor will be equally good as it looks like the same type of board (it must be improved somehow), but I wouldn't put much hope in what that center fin will do for you. Sorry, don't mean to be negative. That has just been what I have experienced with the center heelside fins.
Do you think we would put all the extra work into the Center Fin concept if it has no value?
We do a lot of side by side testing and the center fin makes a huge difference upwind and also in comfort when riding.
The Flydoor 4 destroys the Flydoor 3 Upwind in all conditions. The new Fin makes a huge difference. You will notice it instantly when you take it out. You have to edge harder and expend more energy trying to go upwind. With the Fin in it's way easier.
You need to test it. It's not about only getting upwind, it's about doing it fast and comfortably.
My bad. You are right. I shouldn't have compared this with old center fin experiences. If people riding the board say it works, then it must be of value, and comparing it to a spleene, just because it is a similar shape and purpose probably doesn't make much sense either since it doesn't have a center fin.