Andrew Sadler wrote<< I have seen many references on this NG to the less than
of the stock fin that comes with the Techno. Being a fairly new sailor,
with an even newer Techno, i'd just like to know why people are saying this >>
If you are a "fairly new" sailor, the stock fin will be more than fine for
you. Be more concerned with getting catapulted and damaging the nose of your
board (and consider purchasing a Deviator to protect your nose).
For more advanced sailors, upgrading the stock fin to a good aftermarket fin
(by True Ames, Curtis etc) produces better top speed, higher pointing angle,
lower likelyhood of spin out and stuff like that. But if you're not sailing
big (larger than 8.0) sails and are not reasonably along in your carved jibes,
there is no reason to worry about the fin quality.
For myself, I sail my Techno with 2 sails. I always rig a Curtis CR15 52cm
fin for my 8.8 race sail. On those days I'm having fun with a 6.6 on the
Techno, or when I'm freestyling on it in subplaning conditions, I happily mount
the stock fin.