Take a look here:
Try and match a tester to your weight and skill level and read their
comments. Once you find a board that interest you, goggle the
maufacturer and see what they say about constructuion. Light weight
EPS core covered by a thinner higher density foam is fairly standard
for the industry. Some are even using wood veneer for its durability,
weight savings and strength. It wouldn't hurt to go to the Windsurfing
Mag issue of the boards you're intereted in and read the original
boardtest for more detailed information
Good luck hunting.
I just worked on a board advertised as having "epoxy sandwich"
technology that had a skin only about 1/16" thick. It was just like
the thread on "the Board Lady's" site where she asks "where's the
sandwich" on the Mistral Vision! With a skin that thin, it is
especially prone to delaminations. In this case, an average size rider
developed a huge delamination from rail to rail between the front and
rear footstraps. The solution was to dig out the styrofoam down at
least 2 inches and all the way to the bottom skin under the "jibe
step" areas and recast rail to rail with 2 lb. closed cell urethane.
This problem wouldn't have happened with true double sandwich
Damn I wish I could find a Doyle 9'-6"!!!!!!!!!!!!!
$$$ are getting slaugthered vs the Euro. How does that effect us? We
get boards from Cobra, they use the Euro as their base currency. Does
double PVC work better than carbon and wood? Hard question to
answer. Carbon board I've had over the years seem to hold up better
than those without...
I'm 200 lbs and sail tons. Boards from any brand without carbon
suffer most from my abuse. Delam sucks. After how many jumps and
pumps do you get before yours are done? The area between foot straps
will fail first because of the dynamic loading of sailing. Dunno if
the extra PVC helps vs weights and costs.
The board that delam'd recently was a customer's! He wasn't Xited
about it for sure!
> The board that delam'd recently was a customer's! He wasn't Xited
> about it for sure!
I'm thinking about swapping out the Protech for a Kona Style. I'm
going to test ride one today. I like to cruise when the winds go
light and the Kona may be just right for that.
The Real Wind is 68.5cm wide so it's a bit narrow by modern standards
but that's probably good. Where I sail, it's best to use only weed
fins less than 16" deep so the Real Wind 270 XL would work well
because it doesn't appear to be fin sensitive.
I've never actually seen a 270XL in person nor have I talked to anyone
who has ridden one, but from what I've read, it should work well for
I am sure in this case the longevity of the build exceeds that of the
florian - NY22
4. Radar 125
13. Carve 140?