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.