Fin question :- Finworks 17.5 weed-fin

Fin question :- Finworks 17.5 weed-fin

Post by Scrutton, Paul [NCRTP:JR60:EXCH » Wed, 31 May 2000 04:00:00


Hi,

I just purchased this fin for using with a Seatrend 9'9" (165 liters)
and a NP V8 9.5 , and was wondering if I had done the right thing. The
fin is very long, apparently it is a new model to Finworks line this
year. I visited a competitors store, and they said that weedfins this
size do not work (they slamed the Curtis one that is similarly sized
also), and that the largest weedfins that work in their experience is
the True Ames 15.

Well, I sure noticed a lot of large (long) weedfins at the Windfest.
What gives - who's right and who's wrong? Does anyone have any feedback
on this particular fin, and it's comparative performance with for
example, the True Ames.

Also, I noticed a shorter (but large area) Tectonics weedfin on a
Starboard at Windfest also. Any idea on this, and availability of it (it
doesn't appear to be shown on the Maui Sails website where they show the
Spitfire)?

Paul Scrutton

 
 
 

Fin question :- Finworks 17.5 weed-fin

Post by Den Fo » Wed, 31 May 2000 04:00:00

Paul,
    Surely your question depends entirely on how much weed there is in your
local water.  What is a weed fin!??  I have sailed in places where every now
and then a bit of weed gets dragged along by the fin, and in other places
where I could actually see weed trailing across the surface of the water.
In the first example the choice fin would be more or less a standard fin,
but preferably with a bit of rake.  In the second example, a very short
extremely swept back fin would be the answer.  (If you're that determined to
windsurf!)

As an aside:  What is it with brand names!!?  Finworks, Curtis, True Ames,
etc. etc.  I've never heard of any of them.  A fin should have certain
properties, and a trendy name only serves to inflate the price.  This is
especially true when we are considering compromise fins like weed fins.

Den



Quote:
> Hi,

> I just purchased this fin for using with a Seatrend 9'9" (165 liters)
> and a NP V8 9.5 , and was wondering if I had done the right thing. The
> fin is very long, apparently it is a new model to Finworks line this
> year. I visited a competitors store, and they said that weedfins this
> size do not work (they slamed the Curtis one that is similarly sized
> also), and that the largest weedfins that work in their experience is
> the True Ames 15.

> Well, I sure noticed a lot of large (long) weedfins at the Windfest.
> What gives - who's right and who's wrong? Does anyone have any feedback
> on this particular fin, and it's comparative performance with for
> example, the True Ames.

> Also, I noticed a shorter (but large area) Tectonics weedfin on a
> Starboard at Windfest also. Any idea on this, and availability of it (it
> doesn't appear to be shown on the Maui Sails website where they show the
> Spitfire)?

> Paul Scrutton


 
 
 

Fin question :- Finworks 17.5 weed-fin

Post by Scrutton, Paul [NCRTP:JR60:EXCH » Wed, 31 May 2000 04:00:00

Den,

FWIW, I purchased the fin to sail at Hatteras (NC, USA), which this weekend, and
on a previous visit, seemed to be incredibly laden with weeds. I found lots of
weeds on my pointer that I was using prior to purchasing the weed-fin, and I
also found weeds trapped under the leading edge of the aforementioned Finworks
17.5. Obviously I need to check the tightness of the fin in the finbox next time
before setting off!

Paul Scrutton

Quote:

> Paul,
>     Surely your question depends entirely on how much weed there is in your
> local water.


 
 
 

Fin question :- Finworks 17.5 weed-fin

Post by Den Fo » Wed, 31 May 2000 04:00:00

Once again Roger, I bow to your experience.

I think you took my comment regarding the brand names the wrong way though.
I was simply observing that some members of this NG put a lot of credence in
a brand name.  I have got the usual stash of a dozen fins, and I couldn't
tell you who made which one.  Some were very expensive, and others were very
cheep.  Many of my cheep ones are better than my expensive ones.

Den

Quote:
> >As an aside:  What is it with brand names!!?  Finworks, Curtis,
> True Ames,
> >etc. etc.
> These are all fairly large fin producing companies in the US.
> Other than the new Tectonics Weed Eater, I have never seen many
> overseas companies that make weed fins, but there must be some.
> Tectonics is on Maui, the rest are on the mainland USA.

> > I've never heard of any of them.
> Sorry but we never hear of numerous fin companies in Europe,
> Asia, and Australia. Fins are kind of a geographically specific
> item.
> >  A fin should have certain properties, and a trendy name only
> serves to inflate the price.

 
 
 

Fin question :- Finworks 17.5 weed-fin

Post by Jonatha » Wed, 31 May 2000 04:00:00

On Tue, 30 May 2000 16:05:42 -0400, "Scrutton, Paul [NCRTP:JR60:EXCH]"

Quote:

>Hi,

>I just purchased this fin for using with a Seatrend 9'9" (165 liters)
>and a NP V8 9.5 , and was wondering if I had done the right thing. The
>fin is very long, apparently it is a new model to Finworks line this
>year. I visited a competitors store, and they said that weedfins this
>size do not work (they slamed the Curtis one that is similarly sized
>also), and that the largest weedfins that work in their experience is
>the True Ames 15.

>Well, I sure noticed a lot of large (long) weedfins at the Windfest.
>What gives - who's right and who's wrong? Does anyone have any feedback
>on this particular fin, and it's comparative performance with for
>example, the True Ames.

>Also, I noticed a shorter (but large area) Tectonics weedfin on a
>Starboard at Windfest also. Any idea on this, and availability of it (it
>doesn't appear to be shown on the Maui Sails website where they show the
>Spitfire)?

>Paul Scrutton

I sail in a place where (in the summer) if you don't have a weed fin
you're going to be getting off your board and gardening every 300
feet.  The rule as I know it is big weed fin to plane and small weed
fin to go fast.  I wish I could use something else but I'd rather be
sailing than weeding!

Jon

 
 
 

Fin question :- Finworks 17.5 weed-fin

Post by Tony Gaunc » Mon, 05 Jun 2000 04:00:00

Most shops can give you a small piece of foam adhesive which you
can cut to fit for the top side of the leading edge in weed fins.
This eliminates (blocks) weeds from getting trapped there.