First Short Board

First Short Board

Post by Kirk Lindstr » Wed, 12 Jun 1991 01:30:28


Quote:
}I am about to purchase my first high-wind board and would be interested
}in anyones recommendations.
}
}I have sailed a ONE DESIGN for about five years, weigh 210 lbs, 6'2" tall.
}I plan to sail in 15-30 knot winds, with most sailing done in 20knots.
}
}I have considered the following boards:
}
}1. O'Brien PRO AM Slalom  $995 CDN complete with rig (5.6 Neil Pride RAF)
}
}2. BIC Astro Rock        $1400 CDN complete with rig
}
}3. Piecing together used stuff.
}
}Much appreciated
}
}Mike McGuire
}----------

I'd go for the Astro Rock or get a used 9'4" or  9'6" Seatrend and I don't and
didn't like the idea of buying a shortboard that was nearly as  heavy as my
transition board! Make sure they have enough flotation to uphaul and plow
upwind (i.e. subplaning speed) as you WILL end up downwind many times while
learning (I know from lots of experience).

Windsurfing Express 1-800-843-7873 has the Astro for $899 and the Seatrends
for $995 ($499 for the Pro-Am)  I subscribe to the idea of getting a good
light air GS board and keeping it.  We can get used Seatrends in the Bay
Area for $300 if all we want is a beater board if you can't afford or
don't want to spend the money. I got my Velocity for $400 and it was only
sailed a few times - just too floaty for most (I weighed 232 lbs at the time
and my feet would touch the water with the Astro rock so I got the Velocity).
You can get the Astro for even less with some wheeling and dealing...

The sails that come with boards USUALLY (don't flame me) aren't very good
but one can save alot of money that way.  I'd rather buy a good condition
used sail with one or two camber inducers or buy the race sails after they
have been discounted.

 -Kirk out
9'9" Velocity, 8'8" Challange Flex & 11'6" Malibu
Wt 217#, Ht. 6'0", Home water => Coyote Pt, SF Bay, Cailf.

 
 
 

First Short Board

Post by Ken Poult » Wed, 12 Jun 1991 17:55:05

Quote:
> The sails that come with boards USUALLY (don't flame me) aren't very good
> but one can save alot of money that way.  I'd rather buy a good condition
> used sail with one or two camber inducers or buy the race sails after they
> have been discounted.

My experience agrees with this.  I bought a BIC Reggae with their
5.7 "fun" rig last August.  By January I was dissatified with the sail
(impossible to hold when overpowered) and by March I had replaced
it with a cambered sail (Gaastra).  I had to replace the mast foot
(plastic cleat wore through) and I'm about to replace the mast.
The boom looks like the only element of the rig I may keep.

I'm not really complaining; I got board *and* rig for $700 (previous
year's model) but you should realize that most rig packages will be
quite temporary.  I suspect that you get more for your money by starting
with a better used rig instead of replacing a cheap package in a year.

Incidentally, Sailboard Warehouse (St Paul, MN) has most O'Brien
boards for $300 US semi-complete (incl fin + footstraps, I guess).
Seems like quite a bargain.

Ken Poulton

12'6 Sailrider-2
11'6 BIC Reggae
9'0 CFX - haven't gotten this on a plane yet!