280-290 Fanatic/Mistral/Bic/F2?

280-290 Fanatic/Mistral/Bic/F2?

Post by Duncan Wallac » Tue, 03 Feb 1998 04:00:00


I have gone too long with my largest board being an E-Rock 265.  It's
floaty (104 I think) but I am just not able to consistently plane with
my 6.6.  I want to buy a board that will work with the 6.6 down to 5.5.
I was thinking of selling the E-Rock so my next smallest board would be
a 8'-4" Hip Hop which is great for 5.0 and smaller.

If budget was not a problem I would probably seriously consider the F2
Ride.  But since it is I was looking at the Fanatic Class X 291 for $899
or a 96 Mistral Explosion 288 for $699.  Question is would these boards
compliment my 8'-4" or is it too big of a gap?  Should I look at a 278
instead?  I want to be comfortable in light 5.0 conditions and when it
powers up I can hop on the smaller board.  In other words I would sail
the ERock down to 5.0 and the when it was too much board I would keep
the 5.0 sail and use the 8-4.  Would a 278 be much of an improvement
over my E-Rock for 6.6 sailing?  It seems like the volume is similar.

Would the heavier X class Fanatic be a disappointment, is it really
worth the money to save a few pounds, I think the X is 22lbs.  Maybe I
should buy a used Xanthos 285 or Bic Veloce 288.

All advice would be appreciated.

BTW I use a finworks 360 on the E-Rock when sailing the 6.6 so I don't
think it's the fin.  Maybe it's my sailing technique.  I have had good
days with the 6.6 but only when really powered.

 
 
 

280-290 Fanatic/Mistral/Bic/F2?

Post by 2 Rad Inc. c/o Bruno Robid » Wed, 04 Feb 1998 04:00:00

As a Fanatic retailer, I can honestly tell you that you could be making a
mistake getting the Class-X. You could be a little disapointed in the 291
due to the weight. But the prices you are telling me are in US currency. The
Class-X in Canada is $999.00, so in US funds its $699.00CDF. At that price
there is no mistake to be made. We also have the Bees in ES construction at
$1199.00CDN. In US its $839.00USF. The Bee 284 concerns you for what you 're
looking for. Check out the latest test (Windsurfing March98). The 284ES is
exatly the same board, except for the construction.
Choose well and wisely,
Bruno
2 Rad

Quote:

> I have gone too long with my largest board being an E-Rock 265.  It's
> floaty (104 I think) but I am just not able to consistently plane with
> my 6.6.  I want to buy a board that will work with the 6.6 down to 5.5.
> I was thinking of selling the E-Rock so my next smallest board would be
> a 8'-4" Hip Hop which is great for 5.0 and smaller.

> If budget was not a problem I would probably seriously consider the F2
> Ride.  But since it is I was looking at the Fanatic Class X 291 for $899
> or a 96 Mistral Explosion 288 for $699.  Question is would these boards
> compliment my 8'-4" or is it too big of a gap?  Should I look at a 278
> instead?  I want to be comfortable in light 5.0 conditions and when it
> powers up I can hop on the smaller board.  In other words I would sail
> the ERock down to 5.0 and the when it was too much board I would keep
> the 5.0 sail and use the 8-4.  Would a 278 be much of an improvement
> over my E-Rock for 6.6 sailing?  It seems like the volume is similar.

> Would the heavier X class Fanatic be a disappointment, is it really
> worth the money to save a few pounds, I think the X is 22lbs.  Maybe I
> should buy a used Xanthos 285 or Bic Veloce 288.

> All advice would be appreciated.

> BTW I use a finworks 360 on the E-Rock when sailing the 6.6 so I don't
> think it's the fin.  Maybe it's my sailing technique.  I have had good
> days with the 6.6 but only when really powered.


 
 
 

280-290 Fanatic/Mistral/Bic/F2?

Post by Wilzo » Thu, 05 Feb 1998 04:00:00

Hey, in the upcomming Windsurf Mag board test, they rate the Bic 288 as the
best in the class.  That's Ken Winner, not me (although I agree, to an extent).

At under $1000, seems like a good way to go.

Good luck,

W

 
 
 

280-290 Fanatic/Mistral/Bic/F2?

Post by Wolfgang Soerge » Fri, 06 Feb 1998 04:00:00

Quote:

> I have gone too long with my largest board being an E-Rock 265.  It's
> floaty (104 I think) but I am just not able to consistently plane with
> my 6.6.  I want to buy a board that will work with the 6.6 down to 5.5.
> I was thinking of selling the E-Rock so my next smallest board would be
> a 8'-4" Hip Hop which is great for 5.0 and smaller.
[...]
> BTW I use a finworks 360 on the E-Rock when sailing the 6.6 so I don't
> think it's the fin.  Maybe it's my sailing technique.  I have had good
> days with the 6.6 but only when really powered.

The fin is fine, but for a board as short as the e-rock, a 6.6 is about
the limit, 10 cm more board length, even with the same or less volume,
will make some difference. A 275 - 280 would thus be right if you are
light and won't go for a sail larger than 6.8 or so.
You should also consider that most older boards feel very sluggish with
newer, flatter sails: Newer sails are flatter, more tailored to the
shorter planning areas and less nose volume of todays boards.
I felt that quite a lot when i tried a 5.0 Zeta this year on my old 8'10
from 1989, felt like a barn door. With an older 5.0 it was quite ok...

Your othr choices ? I'd only consider the Fanatic 291 (aka Shark) for
sails of 6.0 and larger and for maostly straight line sailing. It's not
a bad board  but it's not a real freerider. Most other boards available
between 280 and 290 are not bad, they just may have different
characteristica so you need to know what you want.

Wolfgang
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