It seems to vary from board to board, probably depending on board tail
configuration, fin, etc. Try each extreme to see whether it makes any
discernable difference. But if you're spinning out frequently, moving the
fin may not have enough effect to help significantly.
Next steps/other options:
1. A 5.3 can be just too much sail for a lead foot (like mine) and a small
board. I'd think a 5.3 wouldn't bother an 85l board, but sail design and
tuning, board geometry, and rider error (including trying to have too much
fun) can affect that.
2. Is the fin flawless and rock-solid in the box? If not, its performance
range will be severely reduced.
3. Mast track position may make more difference than the fin position. Try
both extremes, then fine tune.
4. Downhaul more and/or tighten the outhaul more to lock the draft (and COE)
further forward to lighten the fin's load.
5. Throw on a slotted fin and fuhgeddaboutspinout. If slots are good enough
for Robby, they're good enough for you and me. The little potential top end
speed loss will go unnoticed on a wave board anyway; its real speed limit is
6. Rent a Gorge Animal Bonzer next time, and raise heck if they don't have
any. I spun out several times per reach at Maui when on anything else,
simply because I was trying to sail everything else like I sail Bonzers, and
they weren't up to the challenge at my borderline-expert skill level.
> Hi everyone,
> I have a question about spinout. I was in Maui on my windsurfing
> vacation just a short while ago and encountered this little problem. I
> was sailing on a 85l wave board with my 5.3 Zone and found that the
> board would spinout frequently. The board would sail great when I
> downrigged to my 4.5 Zone. I realize that the fin was probably a little
> too small for the sail but am wondering if you move the fin to the
> furthest forward position in it's track will it help reduce this
> tendancy? (or if you move it furthest back in it's track?) I'm just
> trying to delay the rerigging down to a smaller sail while I'm having a
> blastin' time out there. My friend and I were discussing it and we had
> differing opinions. I was thinking that if the fin is further back it
> has a it has a longer lever arm from the mast base and is not directly
> under my back foot. My friend thought that moving it forward gets it
> away from the turbulent flow near the tail of the board making it more
> effective. Which one of us it right?
> Thanks in advance.