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bilgerbrandon



Joined: 12 May 2014
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PostPosted: Mon May 12, 2014 12:10 pm    Post subject: New to wind surfing :) Reply with quote

I bought a 12' Mistral set up, Boom has a broken plastic piece I'll I'll be taking to a shop today to see what I can get for replacements, then hopefully I'll be on the water to learn Smile Granted its not the nicest, but it was cheap, the sail it mint, the board has no damage, just faded. I figured for the $ I couldn't beat it for a 1st board / learner

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cgoudie1



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PostPosted: Mon May 12, 2014 12:27 pm    Post subject: Re: New to wind surfing :) Reply with quote

Greetings bilgerbrandon.

That is frighteningly old gear, but usable for learning the early basics,
once you get that boom fixed. That is a tie on boom, and not suitable
for use. If you can get the broken head replaced with a clamp on
head, you'll be much happier, and the learning process will be much
improved.

You might consider purchase of a used clamp on boom. Probably cost you about $80.

-Craig

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I bought a 12' Mistral set up, Boom has a broken plastic piece I'll I'll be taking to a shop today to see what I can get for replacements, then hopefully I'll be on the water to learn Smile [img][/img]
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bilgerbrandon



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PostPosted: Mon May 12, 2014 12:33 pm    Post subject: Re: New to wind surfing :) Reply with quote

bilgerbrandon wrote:
You might consider purchase of a used clamp on boom. Probably cost you about $80.

-Craig

bilgerbrandon wrote:
I bought a 12' Mistral set up, Boom has a broken plastic piece I'll I'll be taking to a shop today to see what I can get for replacements, then hopefully I'll be on the water to learn Smile [img][/img]


Where can I find a clamp on boom for $80 O.O All I find are $200+ =/ Other wise I would buy one Razz This is just to learn the basics once I get the hang of it and decide I like the sport I will definitely get a nicer one.

What is a good one to get that are not to expensive? I don't mind spending a few hundred, but not into dropping a grand lol
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KevinDo



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PostPosted: Mon May 12, 2014 12:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

For about $20 more than $80 you could get a new clamp on from "Baja".

http://www.windance.com/Windsurf-Booms/?subcategory=Baja

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bilgerbrandon



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PostPosted: Mon May 12, 2014 12:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

KevinDo wrote:
For about $20 more than $80 you could get a new clamp on from "Baja".

http://www.windance.com/Windsurf-Booms/?subcategory=Baja


Those are to small I think? I have a 9' boom which would be 274cm I think?
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nw30



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PostPosted: Mon May 12, 2014 3:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yikes, even if all the parts were in great shape, learning with that rig (the sail and booms), will be quite a challenge, those weren't very user friendly. The board is okay, but if you could find a cheap rig from even the late 80's or early 90's, learning will be much easier.
If you are really serious, I'd keep my eye out for a rig not so antique.

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LUCARO



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PostPosted: Mon May 12, 2014 3:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Congrats on getting into it. Old long boards in good condition are pretty hard to find, so good one. I have the same board but a little older and you should be able to get a good feel for the sport. True, there are newer boards that are easier to learn on, but if you wanted easy you would have signed up for kiteboarding instead.

Used booms here

http://www.iwindsurf.com/classifieds.iws

Can you not still tie on the boom? From the photo I can not see the damaged part.

Here is a link one rope tie booms that may or may not be useful

http://www.iwindsurf.com/forums/viewtopic.php?t=26985&highlight=rope+tie+boom
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d0uglass



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PostPosted: Mon May 12, 2014 3:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

That's a mistral superlight. Good board for learning and light-wind cruising. Not quite as stable as a modern wide board, but not bad.

Does the board have a little fin in the back or is it broken off? You need that little fin in the back as well as the daggerboard in the center for the board to work.

There's a certain way to attach an old "tie on" boom like you have, which will wedge the notch pretty tightly up against the mast. See if you can look it up online. Needless to say, a modern clamp-on boom would be better, though, and you might be able to find an affordable one in the iwindsurf buy/sell section or on craigslist.

This might also be useful:

http://jimbodouglass.blogspot.com/2008/07/poor-persons-guide-to-windsurfing.html

-James

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joe_windsurfxxx



Joined: 29 Jun 2008
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PostPosted: Mon May 12, 2014 7:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

thanks for the memories
i had 2 engineers on site we tried to put our first kit together
it did not really help to have engineers there Very Happy
it quickly became mine cuz people dropped out quickly

looks the centre board is IN
where is the fin ??
supposed to be some kinda spring loaded thing ??

you will find lots of places to help with the tie on boom
here's my example :
https://skydrive.live.com/embed?cid=C6DB8ADE6B0C768C&resid=C6DB8ADE6B0C768C%21445&authkey=ABus7vnum_wKllU&em=2

please do NOT give up - persevere and BE patient !!
when the fun starts - NO going back
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Sailboarder



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PostPosted: Mon May 12, 2014 7:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

nw30 wrote:
The board is okay, but if you could find a cheap rig from even the late 80's or early 90's, learning will be much easier.
If you are really serious, I'd keep my eye out for a rig not so antique.


I don't fully agree with that statement. If you are learning in light wind as you should, your sail will be better than most modern sails. It is light and it's also easy to feel the wind with it. Beginners get going faster with such a sail.

Once you feel ready to tackle more wind, and think about planing, you can still use your sail. But at this point, it is true that a modern sail will be much easier and stable to handle. Newer sails have full battens and a special twisting head. The battens help the sail to hold it shape in strong gusts while the head acts more or less like a suspension that dampens the gusts. You can look at the link below for details.

http://www.ezzy.com/rig-support/ezzy-basic-sail-design-theory/

To summarize, I think it's best that you start with the rig you have because it's the best type of rig to learn in light wind. But if you learn that you love the sport, you should start to look for a modern rig to expand your options.
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