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Uphaul-able board for a heavyweight intermediate sailor
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gobigkahuna



Joined: 11 Mar 2004
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Location: Eastern NC

PostPosted: Sun Oct 01, 2017 7:00 pm    Post subject: Uphaul-able board for a heavyweight intermediate sailor Reply with quote

I'm shopping for a board and would like some help. I weigh 250 lbs (110 kg), am an intermediate (can gybe, sail upwind easily and water start), and am looking for a good, multi-purpose, floaty board. I'll be sailing in semi flat, choppy and small wave conditions. I have a huge (230 liter) wind-sup board that's ok for practicing gybes, but won't plane. And I want to plane! But I also need a board I can uphaul if the wind dies.

Most of the advice I'm reading says to take your body weight and add 40 kg, so for me that's a board that's about 150 liters. Most of the board that size are entry level boards with a dagger board. I definitely don't want that.

So what options are there for a 150+ liter board, that planes early and is intended for an intermediate sailor?

Suggestions?
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LeeD



Joined: 12 Jun 2008
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 01, 2017 7:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

150 freeride board,any company. Wide if your balance is bad or you sail in non planing conditions. Old bud swore he could uphaul a 133 liter board in less rhan 3 tries each attempt. He weighed 275 and wore a 4 mil.wetsuit, harness, and safety kit.
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grantmac017



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PostPosted: Sun Oct 01, 2017 8:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Are you a straight line blaster or do you like to carve turns? What sail sizes do you have and what wind speed do you expect?
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NOVAAN



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PostPosted: Sun Oct 01, 2017 9:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I second 145 to 155 freeride. A good used Bic techno 152. Planes easy, its fast, turns good and hard to break. Then you can get a modern lite weight board..
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jingebritsen



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PostPosted: Mon Oct 02, 2017 3:35 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

performance, and not much budget?

S-5 http://www.exocet-original.com/en/s-line.php

super fast and smooth, money no object?

RS - 6 http://www.exocet-original.com/en/rs-slalom.php


price point, yet lotsa fun?

Nano 155 http://www.exocet-original.com/en/nano.php

have fun

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gobigkahuna



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PostPosted: Mon Oct 02, 2017 6:12 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

How would these floaty boards work in conditions like we had yesterday (see photo)? Wind shifted from side-on shore 15-20 mph to on shore at 25+ mph.


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SeaDawg



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PostPosted: Mon Oct 02, 2017 7:17 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Maybe look for an original Bic 293. 205lt. I bought the Tiga version Free 79 .

The board moves right along and is definatly uphaulable.

The Kona one fills the bill also
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NOVAAN



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PostPosted: Mon Oct 02, 2017 9:38 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Can't have it all in one board. 25 plus is pretty windy. You would need a smaller board. In that wind, up-hauling is not and issue. Its not so much the wind as it is the water conditions. On shore wind is difficult to sail in. No room to bear off to get going....
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gobigkahuna



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PostPosted: Mon Oct 02, 2017 10:07 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

NOVAAN wrote:
Can't have it all in one board. 25 plus is pretty windy. You would need a smaller board. In that wind, up-hauling is not and issue. Its not so much the wind as it is the water conditions. On shore wind is difficult to sail in. No room to bear off to get going....


Makes sense. Plus most of the wide boards have deep fins and the water at this spot stays shallow for quite a ways out.

Incidentally, this beach faces a protected sound (the southern end of Pamlico) so only has waves when the wind is this direction.
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wsurfn1426



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PostPosted: Mon Oct 02, 2017 1:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Starboard Carve 141

You will need a smaller fin and/or possibly a weed fin if the venue is shallow.

I weigh 235. I sail a 125 liter freestyle as my main board. My level is a little higher. A long time ago, I had a Carve 145 that I sailed way more than I thought I would.
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