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outhaul



Joined: 27 Sep 2011
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 29, 2012 7:17 am    Post subject: GO 171 Reply with quote

Has anyone tried this board? How does it perform with a 200lb rider in 15-25 mph? Yes, it's big.
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Ineed2plane



Joined: 06 Apr 2012
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 29, 2012 8:55 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have the wood carve 171 which I think is pretty close in shape to the go. I am a superfit 250 #er and I bought the board for the typical "breezy" Cheseapeake conditions of 12 - 18 knots. My go to rig for this board is a 10.0 aerotech free ride and a 70cm formula fin which has me planing (with some work) in 12 knots. The sweet spot for this combo 15 - 20 knots when depending on chop, I will step down to a smaller sail and board when it gets above that.

In flat and open water the 171 very fast, forgiving and fun but when the waves start getting choppy and the speed is up, I feel like the the wider tail makes for some very bumpy rides - I end up depowering quite a bit just to keep it under control (but still need the bigger sail to waterstart easily).

I don't know where you are sailing, what conditions are prevelent in your area or your skill but if I were 200#s I would have gone for a carve or futura in the 141 - 151 range for my locale.
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coachg



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PostPosted: Wed Aug 29, 2012 8:59 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

What is your skill level? I would think for most 200 lb people this would be a board for 10-20 mph winds using harness & straps. 15-25 maybe for an absolute beginner with a tiny sail.

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tweeky



Joined: 19 Sep 2004
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 29, 2012 12:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

My wife started with a GO 165 and it helped her learn really quickly. She was using a harness & lines on her second time out, in the footstraps, full-on planing and sheeted in after about 12 times out. Those boards are way more fun & versatile than many people realize. I had a blast sailing that thing on light wind days. We eventually sold it, but it was hard to let go... we had a lot of fun on that board, but eventually just started sailing smaller stuff. At 200lbs, you will probably enjoy that board with a large sail on lighter wind days, even when you've progressed to using smaller stuff.
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outhaul



Joined: 27 Sep 2011
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 07, 2012 9:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for the input. The board could also double as a beginner board, with the center fin in place, (on the center fin model) for my 11-year-old daughter.
Seems like a safe choice given the duel purpose role it would play.
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