F2 280

F2 280

Post by Eddie Gate » Fri, 09 Aug 1996 04:00:00


Interested in any feedback on the F2 280 slalom board. I'm thinking of
buying one. I'm interested in speed but still want to be able to jibe.
Its a bit narrower than my other boards so it concerns me that it may not
turn as well or plan through the lulls. Anybody have any thoughts? You

Thanks

 
 
 

F2 280

Post by Antti Ru » Tue, 13 Aug 1996 04:00:00

: Interested in any feedback on the F2 280 slalom board. I'm thinking of
: buying one. I'm interested in speed but still want to be able to jibe.
: Its a bit narrower than my other boards so it concerns me that it may not
: turn as well or plan through the lulls. Anybody have any thoughts? You

:
: Thanks

I have had the F2 280 Sputnik for two seasons now and I mostly sail it with North Sails Prisma
6.5m2 (-95).

My initial impressions during last season were (used to sailing with Fanatic Ultra Shark and Gecko):
fast, very controllable in choppy conditions (narrowness ?) and despite narrowness a very good gyber
(lightness?, mine is 7.4kg with straps and pads).

During this season I have additional impressions:
Very early to plane and easy to pump for its size due to low scoop. Still very good gyber.
Probably not the fastest in choppy conditions due to low scoop.

So the low scoop might be the  only point of criticism in the shape of the 280 if you sail in
chop. However if you sail in flat water conditions you gain only the positive effects of the low scoop.

--

Univ. of Oulu
Dept. of El. Engineering
FIN-90570 OULU
FINLAND

 
 
 

F2 280

Post by Pablo Rodrigue » Tue, 13 Aug 1996 04:00:00

If you are having problems with not enough speed on chop it is because
your mast foot is too far forward. Move it back and it will be difficult
to find a faster board on the water!!! I love mine.

Quote:


> : Interested in any feedback on the F2 280 slalom board. I'm thinking of
> : buying one. I'm interested in speed but still want to be able to jibe.
> : Its a bit narrower than my other boards so it concerns me that it may not
> : turn as well or plan through the lulls. Anybody have any thoughts? You

> :
> : Thanks

> I have had the F2 280 Sputnik for two seasons now and I mostly sail it with North Sails Prisma
> 6.5m2 (-95).

> My initial impressions during last season were (used to sailing with Fanatic Ultra Shark and Gecko):
> fast, very controllable in choppy conditions (narrowness ?) and despite narrowness a very good gyber
> (lightness?, mine is 7.4kg with straps and pads).

> During this season I have additional impressions:
> Very early to plane and easy to pump for its size due to low scoop. Still very good gyber.
> Probably not the fastest in choppy conditions due to low scoop.

> So the low scoop might be the  only point of criticism in the shape of the 280 if you sail in
> chop. However if you sail in flat water conditions you gain only the positive effects of the low scoop.

> --

> Univ. of Oulu
> Dept. of El. Engineering
> FIN-90570 OULU
> FINLAND


 
 
 

F2 280

Post by sailq.. » Wed, 14 Aug 1996 04:00:00

Quote:

>If you are having problems with not enough speed on chop it is because
>your mast foot is too far forward. Move it back and it will be difficult
>to find a faster board on the water!!! I love mine.

Right on Pablo!!!

Since I went back to Prisma's this year, there haven't been many who
went by me on the 280 WCE with the mast at the back, up on the fin and
cruisin'. A few more got by last year on Spectro's but not many.

As for jibing the 280, just be agressive, and don't let up, don't slow
down and "go for it" they jibe like a dream!

Anybody want to buy a 94 280 or 265 WCE's. Both in very good conditon
with pads , fins, and bags.
I'm lookin' at  the  270 and 285  Thommen's.


F2 Boards;North Sails/Rigs;True Ames/Rainbow; SpeedTech .

 
 
 

F2 280

Post by Antti Ru » Wed, 14 Aug 1996 04:00:00

Dear Pablo,

Certainly the 280 is one of the fastest boards around, specially in flat water, but in my
opinion slightly more nose scoop would help it to be faster in choppy water.
The low scoop seems to limit the ultimate top speed as the board can hit the water with its whole lenght
in chop.

My mastfoot in the 280 is already in the back position. The masttrack back position is 135cm from
the tail and indeed I would like to have it a few centimeters further back. But that alone might not be
substitite for more scoop. I think the the 275 Sputnik/Thommen, which was to the replace the 280, has more scoop and closer to tail located mast track.

I would probably have not noticed this until having sailed my new F2 290 Thommen. Even considering its
larger size it seems to sail with less water line in small chop. The 290 Thommen has about 5 cm
more scoop than the 280 and the mast back position is further back at 130cm.

Regards,

Antti

: If you are having problems with not enough speed on chop it is because
: your mast foot is too far forward. Move it back and it will be difficult
: to find a faster board on the water!!! I love mine.
:
:
:
:
:

: >

: > : Interested in any feedback on the F2 280 slalom board. I'm thinking of
: > : buying one. I'm interested in speed but still want to be able to jibe.
: > : Its a bit narrower than my other boards so it concerns me that it may not
: > : turn as well or plan through the lulls. Anybody have any thoughts? You

: > :
: > : Thanks
: >
: > I have had the F2 280 Sputnik for two seasons now and I mostly sail it with North Sails Prisma
: > 6.5m2 (-95).
: >
: > My initial impressions during last season were (used to sailing with Fanatic Ultra Shark and Gecko):
: > fast, very controllable in choppy conditions (narrowness ?) and despite narrowness a very good gyber
: > (lightness?, mine is 7.4kg with straps and pads).
: >
: > During this season I have additional impressions:
: > Very early to plane and easy to pump for its size due to low scoop. Still very good gyber.
: > Probably not the fastest in choppy conditions due to low scoop.
: >
: > So the low scoop might be the  only point of criticism in the shape of the 280 if you sail in
: > chop. However if you sail in flat water conditions you gain only the positive effects of the low scoop.
: >
: >
: > --

: > Univ. of Oulu
: > Dept. of El. Engineering
: > FIN-90570 OULU
: > FINLAND
:

--

Univ. of Oulu
Dept. of El. Engineering
FIN-90570 OULU
FINLAND

 
 
 

F2 280

Post by John Michelak » Thu, 15 Aug 1996 04:00:00

The F2 280 is probably the easiest prodution "high performance"
board to sail around.Ideal sail size is around 6.3.

 
 
 

F2 280

Post by Lorenz » Sun, 18 Aug 1996 04:00:00

Be careful! I owned and enjoyed my 280 for the 2 years it held up.I
would like another if they were more durable.The finbox blew out and the
nose split without either one having recieved any contact from anything
other than water.No jumping. No catapults.No fin damage.The seam in the
nose looked like it was ground down too far.As for the finbox..I don't
know.Sailing in chop,a little over powered,it gave out.It turned 90
degrees to the side and was free enough to be pulled out by hand.Other
than those two minor flaws I'd buy another but because of those two
flaws I chose a board from f2's competition.
                             Lorenzo