>I want to buy a Seatrend 8"3" and 8"9".
>Any good or bad comments about those boards ?
I own the 8-9 and 8-2 Seatrend. The 8-2 is the version before the
8-3, very close as i have sailed the 8-3.
I like both boards a lot.
I am 6-2 and 180lbs.
The 8-2 is for 4.5 and windier, kicks butt, needs alot of wind.
Fast and turns very well, sailed it at Pistol River last week in 3.5 wind
and medium surf and had a total blast. Very good in the gorge. Downside is
that it is the worst slogging board in captivity, will not slog, I drop
into the water and wait( or swim). The 8-3 is a little better. The 8-2 is
very good with a 3.0 but the Seatrend Rep. said the 8-3 will only go to
3.5 but will carry a 4.7/5.0. I use a 8.75 X Core fin.
The 8-9 has been great, has lived up to its reviews. I have sailed it with
a 6.0 with a 12.5 Rainbow RS and have quite a few days at Pistol River
with my 4.2 and a 9.25 Naish Wave Killer.Typically I use a 11.75 Wave
Blade which has been good. I love this board.
The downside of newer Seatrends is just now becoming apparent. Ive got
some water in my 8-2. While in the gorge 2 weeks ago, I talked to a repair
man and he called them seasponges, soaks up water lke a sponge and won't
give it back. He had a spinner but he said Seatrends wont give up there
water when spun. There where a lot of Seatrends in his shop with
delaminations between the deck and mast track or fin box , which lets
water in, He thought Seatrends had very poor construction, which keep him
I still like my boards but would hesitate to buy another