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frederick23



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PostPosted: Thu Dec 26, 2013 10:14 pm    Post subject: fastest board Reply with quote

Looking for ideas on a fast board in the 110 - 120 liter range. New or old design will work. Able to support 5.5 - 7.5 Stability for uphaul and slogging a plus, as well as dealing with chop on offshore winds on Lake Michigan. Want some speed with straps in the out position, without being to squirrelly. Sounds like a dating want ad.
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 27, 2013 5:09 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

S-Cross 116.
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 27, 2013 6:13 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Fanatic Hawk 111
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 27, 2013 8:21 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

lets see you are looking for new, money no object, or old, recycle nostalgia

fast , fastest board

have a custom made

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PostPosted: Sat Dec 28, 2013 5:27 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

By Thommen
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whitevan01



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PostPosted: Sat Dec 28, 2013 8:43 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

any freerace or slalom board.
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techno900



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PostPosted: Sat Dec 28, 2013 9:41 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Too many variables to make a solid recommendation. A fast board in small chop may not be the fastest board in larger chop and vice versa.

What you describe is a slalom board. I have an Starboard iSonic 111, which is a fast board if the water isn't too rough. It has a relatively flat bottom (good for speed/but rough in chop), so if I drop down to a 6.6, the smallest sail I use with it in about 20 knots, it offers a pounding ride. On the other hand, I have 105 liter HiFly Move (bump and jump board) that has more V in the hull and a narrower tail that rides much smoother (and just as fast) in 20 knot chop as my 6.6 on the iSonic.

Control = speed, and the driver's experience is more important than the board.

I have been on both boards for 5 or more years and both have the same top speed. I carry a GPS on all outings.

Outboard straps are helpful with larger boards and larger rigs with sizable fins, but your 7.5 to 5.5 don't qualify as larger rigs. With my 8.4 or 7.6 on the iSonic, the outboard straps work fine, but become less important with my 6.6. A 6.0 or smaller on this board would be way too small. Slalom boards in your size range typically carry larger rigs between 7.0 - 9.0.

No easy answer here, but hopefully this will help.
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 28, 2013 9:49 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Control = speed, and the driver's experience is more important than the board.

Bingo!

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PostPosted: Sat Dec 28, 2013 9:58 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

in rough chop, find a stiffer fin.
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swchandler



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PostPosted: Sat Dec 28, 2013 1:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I would recommend something different, like a used Mike's Lab. I've been riding them since 1992, and my first one was a used 1990 8'10". It was an awesome board, and it convinced me where my money was going in the future. Mike's boards are really well sorted out to ride in demanding conditions. I don't know if you've sailed at spots in the SF Bay, but I will say that it can be a very challenging and rewarding place to sail. Trust me and take a chance. You won't be disappointed. Finest quality, fast and extremely well balanced.
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