I really don't want more than 3 boards. Right now I have a Formula board (Mike's
Lab) the Exocet Cross 117, and the Starboard EVO 92. It feels like it's going
to be a good quiver.
> Hi Cliff,
> As a Naish 8'11" owner, I'm interested to read your report - especially as
> I'm shopping for a new board.
> But i can't help wonder if the comparison is really valid - the cross is
> quite a bit larger than the naish. Also, you say you were overpowered a
> little, but isn't a 117 liter board kind of big for a 5.7? As i understand
> it, you were bafing on the bay, not light wind wave sailing.
> I sailed my naish for a little bit yesterday, and also sailed a friend's
> carve 90 - i think it's a 2004. I was amazed at how easy the carve 90
> is to jibe compared with the naish. I usually find that if i haven't sailed
> my naish for a while, my jibes suck until i get used to it again. then
> i get better. it's funny because when i first got the naish, i thought it
> was a relatively easy board to jibe - in spite of what others said. i
> think one problem may be that i usually sail formula now, and have lost my
> touch with smaller boards.
> nevertheless, the carve jibed easily the first time, and nearly every time
> after that. i was amazed at how i could***it up, and still come out okay.
> the carve 90 also jumps really well in onshore waves - you just carve it up
> the face, and it goes - without loosing much speed as you go up the face.
> narrow boards like the naish may be faster, but i find they don't keep their
> speed as well for jumping in on-shore conditions. i think the narrow tail
> sinks into the face when you carve up the wave.
> anyway, congrats on the new board.
> jeff feehan
> > Hi,
> > Yesterday it was averaging 23mph at Berkeley with the range 20-27. A great
> > day to put my brand new Exocet Cross 117 to the test.
> > I used my Aerotech Charge 5.8m sail and my Wardog 13.5" ATX fin and sailed
> > non-stop for 2 hours. (So the sail, board, and fin came from Wardog.) (And,
> > at 208lbs I was overpowered a little.)
> > Summary: I LOVE this board!
> > Upwind, downwind, across the wind, jibing, tacking, (mini) jumping--it
> > was pure joy to sail.
> > This board replaces the spot in my quiver held by my late, much-lamented
> > Naish 8'11". I have no idea how it compares in straight-line speed with
> > that board. (I would have guessed it would be slower, but after yesterday
> > I'm not sure. The Cross went fast and I'm pretty sure I haven't found
> > it's top speed yet--I got hints a few times of a supercharger lurking in
> > it that I have to tease out.)
> > I have to say that I no longer miss my Naish at all. I can't wait to get
> > this thing into coastal waves now.
> > A week ago I sailed it wildly under-powered. It was easier to slog than
> > my 133 liter Xantos II 295.
> > Cheers,
> > Cliff