I'm looking to buy a new low wind fin in the 40 to 44 cm range. To use
with my 7.8 North IQ and 290 board.
What are your recomendations.
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>What are your recomendations.
> I ran most of this season on an IQ3D 7.8 and a 46cm Tectonic Spitfire. Near
> the close of the season, I got frustrated not keeping up with the best
> racers; finally figured out they were running mostly 48cm. So I started
> running a 48 spitfire and it makes just enough difference to close the gap.
Who sells Tectonic?
How much do they go for?
Do you know who the designer is?
www.mauisails.com carries them, or you can contact the designer himself,
I hesitated recommending these fins as the cost tends to make sailors go
*gulp* but they are worth every penny. Cost? depends, US$200+ in the shop
and about US$180? direct. I have the fins in 4cm increments from 52cm
downwards. For a 7.8Z1 for example, I use a 48cm for serious upwind work, 44
as a compromise choice, 40 for reaching. The fins have a new type of head,
older ones with black (epoxy?) heads tend to crack at the head. The 52cm has
an extra deep tuttle head.
Another fin highly spoken of (eg the shaper I use loves them) is the Maui
Fins Nemesis. Similar to tectonics spitfire but with a funny trailing hook
at the bottom to supposedly reduce trailing edge vortex (?). Hitech in Maui
carries. I wouldnt suggest going direct to Maui Fins as they seem to answer
their email/faxes once every 3 months!
>> >I'm looking to buy a new low wind fin in the 40 to 44 cm range. To use
>> >with my 7.8 North IQ and 290 board.
>> I ran most of this season on an IQ3D 7.8 and a 46cm Tectonic Spitfire.
>> the close of the season, I got frustrated not keeping up with the best
>> racers; finally figured out they were running mostly 48cm. So I started
>> running a 48 spitfire and it makes just enough difference to close the
>Thanks for your detailed response, most reply's just said a brand, with no
>reason for using that particular brand.
>Who sells Tectonic?
>How much do they go for?
>Do you know who the designer is?
Your choice depends soley on your intended use. For a 7.8 to achieve
maximum upwind and downwind angle you want the biggest fin you can ride
without exploding. I've tried the 50cm CR10 and it works ok but the 46
and 48 Spitfire or Maui fins CNC work best and are by far the fastest.
I'm ordering the new 50 Techtonics shape the solves the problems the
hook tip Maui Fins is experiencing. I use a 50 for 7.4 - 7.8 and a 56
for 8.3 - 9.3.
For broad reaching a 42 - 44 is great but stay away from a 40 as you may
get stuck witha wind shift and current making it very hard to go upwind.
I use a used 46 Spitfire I bought from a Pro for $100.
For downwind slalom or speed racing I've seen a 36 used and I like the
38 Spitfire because I'm 200 lbs. I use a 30 Spitfire I bought from Micah
and Jimmy at the High Winds in Aruba for $150 and it added 3 knots to my
speed over my Lightning (sorry Jim).
36 - 50 for the same sail all used succesfully. It truly depends on what
you want to do with it.
I have 4 lightnings and they are fantastic for slalom and B&J but for
course racing Jim has not built the ultimate upwind machine. But, they
do float and are super fast.
P.S. Bill Cline and Curtis had started using a new mfgr. for the CR10,
12, etc. fins that is in Asia and they are getting better but will never
compete at top level competition with Techtonics and Maui Fins. Techs.
adn Mauis are computer cut to 3/1000 and 10/1000 respectively. The
Spitfire is also straight from a hang glider design and is already at
> I'm looking to buy a new low wind fin in the 40 to 44 cm range. To use
> with my 7.8 North IQ and 290 board.
> What are your recomendations.