Anyone sail the Drops 9'6" II ??

Anyone sail the Drops 9'6" II ??

Post by GBloo » Sun, 11 Oct 1998 04:00:00


Windsurfing Magazine a couple of issues ago called the Drops 9'6" II
great enough to make an atheist believe in miracles.  A local shop is
really touting this board as the best new light wind race-type board
that is still very easy to sail.  It is 24" wide, with a very wide 18"
tail and volume of 124 liters.  It is supposed to be a very early planer

(though not as early as the even wider AVS boards), but still sailable
in the medium wind range.  It is supposed to be MUCH better at jibing
than the AVS boards, though.  It is also supposed to be very fast, but
easier for recreational sailors to handle than most race boards.  The
local shop states that this board is far better than anything the
biggies F2, Mistral, or Fanatic will be offering for high-performance
light wind sailing in 1999.  For 1999, the 9'6" II will also be
available in standard weight construction, more durable than the super
light weight LE construction.

I'm looking for a new light wind board for 10-16 knots that will plane
very early, but also be a lot of fun to sail and jibe.  Main sails used
will be a 1999 Pryde V8 8.0 and a couple years old 6.6 Ezzy twin cam.
Any comments??

Gordon

 
 
 

Anyone sail the Drops 9'6" II ??

Post by Greg Nas » Mon, 12 Oct 1998 04:00:00

I sailed a demo LE 96-II for a couple of hours in 15-20 mph winds using
a NP Z-1 7.0 and found that it is an excellent board.  Compared to my
present AHD 285 race board, it was much faster upwind/downwind and
planed much earlier.   It jibed surprisingly well;  the wide tail keeps
it from dropping off a plane at that critical end-of-the-jibe moment
when you usually lose your plane.  Tacking was much easier too because
the board width provides more stability.

I wasn't able to measure objectively it's reaching speed, but my gut
feel is that it's not as fast as my AHD 285 by a small margin.

The past 4 years I've had the last 3 AHD 9'4" race board models, each of
which was a little better than the previous one.  They were all very
good around boards. However, I find the Drops a good notch up from these
for light wind conditions.  Even though it's a race board, I found it
surprising easy to handle.  

I plan to buy one as soon as the standard weight version come out.

Greg Nash
Los Angeles

Quote:

> Windsurfing Magazine a couple of issues ago called the Drops 9'6" II
> great enough to make an atheist believe in miracles.  A local shop is
> really touting this board as the best new light wind race-type board
> that is still very easy to sail.  It is 24" wide, with a very wide 18"
> tail and volume of 124 liters.  It is supposed to be a very early planer

> (though not as early as the even wider AVS boards), but still sailable
> in the medium wind range.  It is supposed to be MUCH better at jibing
> than the AVS boards, though.  It is also supposed to be very fast, but
> easier for recreational sailors to handle than most race boards.  The
> local shop states that this board is far better than anything the
> biggies F2, Mistral, or Fanatic will be offering for high-performance
> light wind sailing in 1999.  For 1999, the 9'6" II will also be
> available in standard weight construction, more durable than the super
> light weight LE construction.

> I'm looking for a new light wind board for 10-16 knots that will plane
> very early, but also be a lot of fun to sail and jibe.  Main sails used
> will be a 1999 Pryde V8 8.0 and a couple years old 6.6 Ezzy twin cam.
> Any comments??

> Gordon


 
 
 

Anyone sail the Drops 9'6" II ??

Post by Dimitar Bojantch » Tue, 13 Oct 1998 04:00:00

The Drops 9.6/2 is a "traditional" course-slalom board. This means
that it does not have the same upwind and light wind capabilities as
the new breed of wide & chubby boards. Still, I love my 9.6/2 and it
is my favourite board. It works well in a C/S role in stronger winds
and rougher seas. It has excellent upwind capabilities in its class of
boards. I use mine mainly with a North 8.2 IQ3D and a 46 cm fin. The
board is somewhat thin in the nose, so tacking is slightly more
technical. The board is moderately fast on a broad reach, not near to
the slalom boards, but better than the chubby boards.

        D.

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