> I am looking for a new light wind board. I am ~195#, and sort of
> intermediate level, can plane well in straps & harness with good wind. I
> typically use sail ranges from 6.5 - 8.5 depending on wind.
> I have a Bic Techno-283, which I love for wind 12+ mph, but where I live
> (inland, Iowa), winds are often light (8-12), and it is just a slogger. (I
> am still learning on it; still need some basics like gibe and waterstart!)
> I also have a long board (Mistral Equipe), but it is very heavy to move, and
> doesn't plane well.
> I tried a Go Start (~95+ cm), and didn't like it so much. On the other hand
> I tried a friend's Starboard 2001 F-155, and loved it. I almost bought a
> 2001 F155, but it was sold already.
> So, options/suggestions??!
> I am looking at a Bic Techno-II 160 board, but it is very $$, and I am not
> sure how different it is from my current Bic; it is comparable volume(
> 150 -> 160), wider (69 -> 80 c.m.), and shorter (283 -> 250), but have
> comparable areas (T160 = 8% larger area). I think it would plane and sail
> easier in light winds, the main goal.
> I am also hoping that a wider board would be a good step up for my wife, who
> sails the Equipe , to learn planing and oter areas.
> So Questions;
> 1) How does older (200, 2001) F155s compare to newer boards.
> 2) Any other recommendations for good used boards?
> 3) How would hte new Bic Techno-II 160 compare, a good choice?
> 4) How different is this from my current Techno-283.
to answer your questions
1) The F155's were one of the first forays into lightair Formula style
boards and I'm going out on a limb here and saying that at this point
any used F155 is going to be soft (kills light air planning)
Newr board will obviously be stiffer (beacuse they are unused) but
shorter & wider is a GREAT thing because not only will they be earlier
planning but they will be easier to sail (a nice thing for your wife)
Shorter adds range and handling to the equation (something you don't
have with the Equip)
2) Used board I have only one in that size range a GO 170 in Excellent
condition (used to be Ellen Faller's a frequent although not recently
poster) $759 A condition comes with fin & straps and a full factory
warranty. As far as other used Formula type boards be careful of older
ultra light construction age even 2 yrs will show in its performance.
3) The Techno II is a completely different (and IMHO not as good) as
the original 283 Techno which will go down in the histroy of board
design as one of the CLASSICS...less the nose breaking issue. The T2
has more rocker (bend across the bottom) for better turning but
decreased early planing they beefed up the T2 nose in thk & width for
1) Starboard F-type 158 & 148 Wood is by far the best performance but
Dram is better than most other epoxy sand if you must.
2) The GO I offered or a new one I don't think (but do not know for
sure since you said you tried a GOstart those are 2 different models)
you tried these most everyone LOVES them.
3) If you think a centerboard would help (early planing/increased
stability) on a wide board The Starboard RIO might be the best plus is
is priced VERY competitively!
4) As far as other boards The Fanatic Shark 160 & the Mistral Explosion
160 are goood as well but these would be more for you your wife might
find them to challenging.
Lastly, I'm sorry but I'm not allowed to quote prices on new board on
newsgroups like this but if you contact me directly I'm sure you'll see
our prices will be the lowest and service after (and inthis case
before) the sale superior.
Let me know what you think
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