F2 Axxis 255 - What fin?

F2 Axxis 255 - What fin?

Post by ROGER NIGHTINGA » Wed, 18 May 1994 22:02:11


I've had an F2 Axxis 255 for a year now and have almost nothing negative
to say about it. The stock fin, however, leaves alot to be desired in
lake conditions - especially in the bigger sail sizes (5.2-5.7). I'd
like to get a second fin for more marginal conditions.
Has anyone tried a small blade or pointer on this board?
Any advice or related experience with non-stock fins on the 255 would
be greatly appreciated. Any input from Ecstasy sailors would be helpful
also.

To Ken Winner: Ken, do you recall what fin you used on this board in
your May review?

Thanks,
Roger Nightingale (5'10", 140#)

 
 
 

F2 Axxis 255 - What fin?

Post by MclAl » Wed, 13 Jul 1994 21:46:03


Quote:
NIGHTINGALE) writes:

Hey Roger...I feel the same way about the 255 fin.  can you post any
responses you get as new?  Thanks!

 
 
 

F2 Axxis 255 - What fin?

Post by Brad Ritt » Thu, 14 Jul 1994 03:47:38

: Hey Roger...I feel the same way about the 255 fin.  can you post any
: responses you get as new?  Thanks!

I'm curious to hear specifically what it is about the stock fin that you
guys are having trouble with.  I started sailing the Axxis 255 in the spring
a year ago.  I had trouble with the stock fin in only one way.  I was
spinning out a lot as I entered my jibs.  I have tried a few other fins:
        - Axxis 255 stock fin (X-small)
        - Axxis 260 stock fin (small)
        - Fin Works 310 Wing Series Blade
        - Gorge Fin Co. Wave Blade
        - Fin Works Curtis Wave

This spring I traded my 255 for a friends 260.  The spinout problem
was the same.  I have sailed and jibed these boards very aggressively.  
Quite to my surprise I found that fine sanding the bottom of the board
reduced the problem as much as anything.  And now I just try to be more
deliberate when I jibe.  My suspicious conclusion is that my problem is
not the fault of the fin.  I think it is a property of these boards.  
They are relatively light and have a noticable V in the tail.  I think that
this combination makes it very easy to move onto the rail too quickly and
induce spinout as the fin is momentarily moving sideways through the water.  
While I would like to be able to jibe these boards more aggressively I
haven't been particularly dissatisfied with either of them.  They are good
solid designs and way fun to jump.  I would also say that the stock fin
is in fact about as good a fin as any other I have tried.  The one fault I
find in them is that they are made of too soft a material.  It is very easy
to ding both the leading and trailing edges.  If things keep going the way
they have my continual resanding of these fins with turn the "small" stock fin
into and "X-small" and the "X-small" into an "XX-small".

 
 
 

F2 Axxis 255 - What fin?

Post by ROGER NIGHTINGA » Thu, 14 Jul 1994 05:06:54

Quote:

> I'm curious to hear specifically what it is about the stock fin that you
> guys are having trouble with.  I started sailing the Axxis 255 in the spring
> a year ago.  I had trouble with the stock fin in only one way.  I was
> spinning out a lot as I entered my jibs.  I have tried a few other fins:

Brad - In the original post (its been along time) I mentioned having problems with the
stock fin (I have the X-small) when sailing in marginal onshore wave conditions and on
the lake in 5.7 conditions. I felt the fin was too small for a 5.7 or even a 5.2 and
wondered what other people were using. With a 4.7 or smaller, I really like the stock fin
- I can't say I`ve ever had the spinout problem on jibe initiation that you mention -
maybe thats due to a difference in sails.  I've been using a True Ames G10 12.25"
Hot Dog fin when staying to windward in 5.7-5.2 conditions is a concern. In my
experience, this fin is much better for the lighter conditions, at the expensive of
reduced looseness in turns and manuevers.

Roger Nightingale (5'10", 140#)