Fin Position?

Fin Position?

Post by Steve & Sar » Sun, 11 May 1997 04:00:00


I've never experimented with moving my fin fore and aft.  How does this
change board performance?  Thanks in advance.

~steve

 
 
 

Fin Position?

Post by David Boynto » Mon, 12 May 1997 04:00:00

The explanation I've always read is Fwd = more control / less speed,  Aft =
less control / more speed.   Tests were done by professional windsurfers on
a closed bay. Your milage may vary.   Don't try this without ***
supervision!    DTW



I've never experimented with moving my fin fore and aft.  How does this
change board performance?  Thanks in advance.

~steve

 
 
 

Fin Position?

Post by Mark 'cecil' DeFrie » Fri, 16 May 1997 04:00:00

Quote:

> I've never experimented with moving my fin fore and aft.  How does this
> change board performance?  Thanks in advance.

Slide your fin forward and you can sail closer to the wind, but you will
sail slower, but with a bit more control.

Slide your fin back and you can crank on the speed, but the trade-off is
that you are more likely to spin out (if so put a bit more weight on your
forward foot) and the board will be more 'twitchy'... but a lot of fun.

Hope this helps,

Mark

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Fin Position?

Post by Markus Huhtine » Fri, 16 May 1997 04:00:00

Quote:

> I've never experimented with moving my fin fore and aft.  How does this
> change board performance?  Thanks in advance.

> ~steve

There is really one good place to place your fin. The leading edge of
your fin should be just in front of the back screws of your footstraps.

The bad luck is that this rule applies only to high performance boards
which are sailed totally "off the fin". There is no such rule for older
boards which have straps too far forward.  

The most common mistake, however, is to place the fin too far aft in
search of speed. The best placement of fin allows you to give all the
pressure you want through your back foot without spinning out. If you
have to concentrate on avoiding spin outs you can never be fast.

Why be fast? IMHO everything in windsurfing relates to speed. Jumps,
gybes, waves, everything. Once you plane fast, you learn everything eles
quite easily.

Markus Huhtinen
L-10
Joensuu, Finland