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>I just traded in my 104 liter Veloce for a 95 liter Saxo and now definitely
>need a lighter air board for the SF Bay. I was thinking of going to a used
>production board in the 130 liter range, but there aren't a lot floating around
>the shops and they tend to command a pretty high price even with some mileage
>on them. On the other hand, there seems to be a pretty good supply of used
>Mike's Lab boards around. Most of the Mike's Labs I hear about are 9'4". One
>prior post on rec.windsurfing stated that the posters Lab was a 9'4" at 100
>liters. Does anyone know if that is pretty typical? What size Mike's Lab will
>plane up in the same wind it takes to get a 130 liter production board up and
>planing? Do Labs come in the 120-130 liter range as well? Any advice would be
- - Well, a Mike's Lab in that size is generally a RACING board. It's fragile,
fast and two or three years behind in design(if used). Those boards smoke, but they
aren't that much fun to jibe. If you want to go out in light wind, I'd look
for last year's bic 288. It's relative cheap, a great design and flies with
a good fin on it.
- - I don't know what your level of ability is, but I wouldn't recommend a used
Mike's Lab as a general purpose light wind board. BTW, I'd say the same thing
about a used ASD racing board. It's not a knock on Mike's Lab, but on racing
boards in general. I've known quite a few people that have gotten "stuck"
at the intermediate level precisely because they bought a used racing board.
- - Booker C. Bense
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