I'm interested in the Madd 138 for fla***er sailing in sometimes-
shallow, gusty-with-lulls, inland Florida lakes, etc. Most of the
time, our planing condition winds are 10-25 mph with gusts and lulls.
For marginal planing conditions, I use a Starboard GO 180 (100 cm
wide) with up to 11.x sails. For what-I-call-higher winds, I plan to
use the Madd 138. I am a beginning intermediate who weighs 165 pounds
with a height of 5 foot 10 inches but has relatively short legs (30"
My understanding of the Madd 138 is:
1. Turns on a dime (and gives nine cents change).
2. A good learn-to-jibe board.
3. A good learn-to-freestyle board.
4. A good bump-and-jump board.
5. Easy and forgivable in chop, etc.
6. Goes upwind without any effort.
7. Rarely spins out both fins - not unknown to spin out just one fin
(easy to recover from a one-fin spinout).
8. Wave and Freestyle sailors often like this large (but very turny)
board, especially for low winds.
1. Not the quickest to plane, but still relatively quick to plane.
2. Doesn't have the highest top speed, but only 1-2 mph off in a
typical drag race.
3. Dents somewhat easily.
4. Footstraps are placed too close together for a comfortable stance
- unless the straps are placed well inboard. Is this a problem for
folks with 30" trouser inseams?
5. Back foot loads up (Is this a technique issue - is there a
6. Formula and wide board/big fin sailors often don't like such a
1. Please answer any of the "embedded questions" (e.g., #4 & #5 cons)
that you wish to address.
2. If you have a different view on any of the pros and cons, please
3. What is the biggest sail that the board handles comfortably? (The
specifications appear to indicate that it can handle a 10.5 meter sail
- with larger fins. Is this size sail recommended?)
4. At what wind speed would you recommend switching from the GO 180
to the Madd 138? (Remember that the winds have a lot of gusts and
5. Does the mast track have enough adjustment?
6. How fragile is this board for a beginning intermediate to learn
how to jibe?
7. What issues do you need to bring to my attention (that I've
I'm looking for information; not to start a flame war. If you want to
give me some information than may be inflammatory, please feel free to
Thanks in advance for your contributions,