I think a misconception about raceboards is that, as a group, they are
difficult to sail. To my mind, raceboards are among the easiest to sail if
you want to sail in the direction raceboards are intended to go. Many
people tend to sail in this way anyhow, regardless of gear. They push
themselves forward almost all the time, and a challenging board to such a
rider is often a board that will take them that degree higher and lower, a
bit faster. Raceboards easily pull the most g's when jibed hard while
staying the most stable at gut wrenching speeds.
So, the question is really what edges I wish to clip in order to tame the
beast. Do I go with a board less "aggressive" in order to relax a bit more?
Sometimes, yes. Or do I spend some time tweaking my sails and fins in order
to find the sweet spot of a board? Also, yes. I guess it just depends on
how I want to sail. If racing, well, duh. If sailing all over super-fast,
I want a board that requires less attention.
Lots of people have fun sailing raceboards all day. The fun finds itself in
developing sailing skills and techniques, sometimes even despite a demanding
board. If you mean to have fun by occasional drag racing, not bumming when
you nick a fin, or leaving rigging your adjustable outhaul for another day,
many boards will perform admirably.
I too am interested in a "do-all" raceboard. I like the Techno for that
reason. If I chose the "Formula 31" class it would only be because the
Techno competition lacks (it certainly doesn't) or because I like gear
warfare. Which I do, but probably shouldn't.
I doubt this adds anything new to your thoughts. After all, your post
already smacks of racer-chaser. Why hold back, other than budget? Maybe a
full blown raceboard will suit your needs? One board generally covers most
conditions anyway, especially with a well planned fin and sail program.
That way, you get some of the best fun: winning!
Submitted in good fun.