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zirtaeb



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PostPosted: Thu Aug 23, 2012 5:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Huge difference. The new 6.8 is heavier, more complicated to rig, bends the match much more, lasts less longer.
But the old 5.7 has less overall range, and a topend that limits your board speed by being very short.
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RocRobster



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PostPosted: Thu Aug 23, 2012 7:37 pm    Post subject: Re: Windsurfing time machine Reply with quote

mchaco1 wrote:
Who says windsurfing is only for people with money Very Happy Here is a setup I took out today, all (except the mast) gathered from the junk pile at the last swap meet. It worked great too, I have "modern" sails that are worse... If I had nothing else id be happy with this setup.


You found some stuff that you had fun using. IMHO, great job. Who gives a rip if the sail is not performance = you didn't have to pay $650 for the dang thing! So the board is XXXX, you didn't give $1799 for it. You took ownership of something someone else isn't using and had a blast using it.

That is what I took from the original post... so from me... Great work!
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mchaco1



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PostPosted: Thu Aug 23, 2012 8:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

zirtaeb wrote:
Problem is that YOU are looking at the label, while I saw that prototype in 1988 at Windwing's factory in Berkeley as it was being drawn and cut on the table by BardChristman assisted by BillHansen.
All the racers used to hang around there, with BobHuberman constantly chiming in to cut this and add that, to make the sail more friendly for lighter weight riders. Bard was close to 180, and like Bill, wanted the sails to be more powerful to move the recreational 20+ lbs boards around.
Take that sail out in 22mph guts, and it feels top heavy.

Since youre pretty familiar with them... Where should I set it in the mast track? The board has an old style track up forward(57inches+ from the tail). Is the windwing full on 80's forward or closer to a modern placement or somewhere in between?
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mchaco1



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PostPosted: Thu Aug 23, 2012 8:41 pm    Post subject: Re: Windsurfing time machine Reply with quote

RocRobster wrote:
mchaco1 wrote:
Who says windsurfing is only for people with money Very Happy Here is a setup I took out today, all (except the mast) gathered from the junk pile at the last swap meet. It worked great too, I have "modern" sails that are worse... If I had nothing else id be happy with this setup.


You found some stuff that you had fun using. IMHO, great job. Who gives a rip if the sail is not performance = you didn't have to pay $650 for the dang thing! So the board is XXXX, you didn't give $1799 for it. You took ownership of something someone else isn't using and had a blast using it.

That is what I took from the original post... so from me... Great work!

That was prety much the point Very Happy . Not that things havent improved but that old stuff is still fun and useable and that no one should use lack of money as an excuse (expecially as an excuse to do SUP or kiteboarding since those require even more money to break into)
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zirtaeb



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PostPosted: Thu Aug 23, 2012 9:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

60" from the tail was a pretty normal standard in the late 80's until the no nose craze in the early '90's.
Big guys riding small boards usually set it forwards another 1.5", while little guys on floaty glass boards looking for uphauling and top end speed favored 58". The no nose boards changed that.
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