On 2002-08-22 21:11, Anonymous wrote:
Dwight, thanks for the info. Why do you think 4 little fins have much effect on speed? When I am powered, Usually just the back fins are really in the water. The fins are small and are nothing like the monster blades used by some screaming fast windsurfers. I have certainly heard this before from others, but was wondering if someone had some rationale why. I have a mess of fins on my boards and have never tried popping some off. I would assume that you would have to edge more if you have fewer fins. Doesn't this increase drag alot? How about a sharp edge (eg: Slingshot) as opposed to a softer rail. I am interested in the Underground. I have seen you comment on it before. My recollection is that you got it a bit wider thatn is standard. Big difference?
Yeah I did order mine wider than standard. I was looking for max light wind performance. Two years ago I owned a Hana Crew with 7 fins. I recently tried my friends Hana to see if my memories of the board were still correct. Yep itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s slow, and you can hear the fins making noise.
When I tried a Slingshot I was shocked at how slow it was too. I suggested the owner try it with only 4 fins. Now he and the other local SS riders use 4 fins. They say itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s faster and more fun.
I also agree a directional could be even faster, but you said TT, so IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m restricting my recommendations to those.
For what itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s worth, IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m thinking about going shorter on my light wind wave tray. The 157 feelÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s long and clumsy to me. I just heard Martin Vari is getting a 110 WT. I guess the trend in boards is getting shorter and shorter. I really like the feel of the 147 length. ItÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s true running length is 138, so it feels like a 138 when you ride it. I may get a wide 147 and sell the 157.
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