> So, is this a problem that the average GO owner (someone like me with
> limited high-wind skills) should be concerned about? The yellow is way
You will not change the color of the fin.
The ideas is to change the finish, and smooth out any ripples
or ridges occuring due to thicker/thinner coating thickness
on the fin. The idea is NOT to take all of the coating off the
The shiny yellow finish, does not "wet" out well, and this can
help to initiate boundary layer separation which can lead to
Spin out can occur at both high and low speeds. It occurs because
the fin is being "loaded" too heavily for the speed you are going.
At low speeds, it feels like the fin just "let's go" but it hooks
back up as soon as you relieve the pressure.
High speed spin out is far more noticeable as when the fin lets
loose, the board turns (which makes the problem even worse) and
you cannot regain your intended direction with out either slowing
down, or pulling the fin back under you to a shallower attack angle.
Then the flow will reattach to the fin and you can resume your
> Can the paint be stripped chemically as opposed to sanding?
I will let Bill answer this for sure, but I'm 99% sure that any
chemical *** capable of removing the paint (polyurethane
I'd guess) would also probably damage the fin materials.
> Finally, can you give us any details about the new shallow fin that's
>available for the GO?
I did a test and a brief report on the DC (Drake/Curtis) 33 cm short
span/wide chord fin on a 2000 GO board last weekend.
I sailed it in marginal to early planing conditions(6 knots-8 knots)
with a 9.5 Sailworks Retro. It feels somewhat different than
the larger 54 cm fin, but seemed almost as early to plane, equally fast
overall, with pretty good (not as good as the 54 cm CR, but
significantly better than a weed fin) upwind capability.
Overall, if you sail in shallow water, this fin will make things
safer without a huge performance penalty.
The fin I have is one of the origianl DC 33's and Bill said they
had made some improvements to it as I recall.
If it will handle a 9.5 Retro set at full draft for early planing
and handle it upwind, any smaller sail should be no problem.
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