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grantmac017



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PostPosted: Wed May 12, 2021 2:01 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Shorter masts are harder in every way.
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fox



Joined: 09 Sep 1997
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Location: Pine Point, Maine

PostPosted: Wed May 12, 2021 8:54 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm still riding a 2' mast. I've been resisting adding the weight and the draft. I'm finally making jibes and can point upwind plenty. Hopefully it just extended my learning curve.
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dllee



Joined: 03 Jul 2009
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Location: East Bay

PostPosted: Wed May 12, 2021 11:11 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

So we should only do what is EASY?
I have had my 70, 90, and 65 cm masts for about a year now.
Since that time, having all 3, I used my 70 maybe 10 days, my 90 7 days, and my 65 about 40 days.
Yes, prior to buying a second mast, I used the 70 about 100 days over 2 seasons.
Shorter masts give direct feedback when turning sharply.
Long masts are great for long straight runs.
Long masts catch many more objects in the water.
I feel bad about hitting fish or mammals with my foil.
I also hate hitting submerged logs, stumps, plastic bags, and concrete pillars.....or bottom at lower tides.
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ittiandro



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PostPosted: Wed May 12, 2021 7:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

What is the recommended all-around foil wing surface in cm2 ?

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dllee



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PostPosted: Wed May 12, 2021 9:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Depends what you weigh and how windy is your spot, and how big you want to rig.
For instance, me 160 lbs, superb pumper.
Typical day, 15-23 mph wind, 600 foil and 3.7. 122 liter board. Berkeley needs a 200 yard slog in 2-5 mph breeze, I hate that on a 3.7. Much easier to slog out on 5.0 and 90 liter board just windsurfing.
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motogon



Joined: 19 Aug 2000
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PostPosted: Thu May 13, 2021 5:53 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm 190 lbs. Foiling in 12-18 mph wind. Board 120 liters, sails 5.8 - 4.2. Foil Slingshot I84 - 2000 cm2.
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dllee



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PostPosted: Sat May 15, 2021 2:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ok, 12-18.
Naish 122 board, 600 sq cm foil, 4.5 sail. 157 lbs.
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