Steven: After reading the comments of Patrice on the Exocet forum, it
seems to be that the relative narrow width of the hull probably
accomplish several things:
Higher speeds through reduced surface drag compared to a board just as
long but wider;
Better VMG by using a very long water line;
Lower power requirements and this lower drag by reducing the need for
an enormous sail (FW size); and
Increased stability on the rail, and easy to lock in due to increased
rolling moment of the rig on the hull.
I am not a big fan of the removable tail insert as a concept. One of
the big advances in the most recent development in racing longboards
(not the brand new stuff, but the AHD 380 and its ilk) was the ability
to get very high speeds by moving everything back except the front of
the mast track. Boards like the AHD could perform well in light wind
and heavy wind simply by adjusting the mast track and daggerboard. We
could argue that people will jump to FW boards once the wind picks up,
but that misses what I perceive as Exocet's point: one board for
almost all racing conditions. According to to Eric, removing the tail
block will allow the board to really unwet and fly off the wind.
However, the tail block should be in place until about 13-15 knots or
else (according to Eric) the Warp-X looses around 2 knots upwind. 2
knots is a huge speed difference going upwind!! So, unless the racer
has the chance to remove the block and and store it between races, the
board will not be operating at its full potential during a pretty large
window of time.
None of my thoughts are formed from testing the board or even being
aware of it until your post. It is an exciting concept, for sure, but
I think the proof will be in the pudding. Anyway, 31 lbs for a top
level course racer is pretty heavy. The second iteration Equipe XR
from 1991 (same shape as IMCO, not Equipe 2) weight 24lbs. Light
weight is king when it comes to boards that long as the leverage on the
rider is very strong, and reducing weight allows much better control
and senitivity. I suggest it's even more important on a longboard than
a shortboard, and it matters almost as much in heavy air as in light
conditions. All that said, I can't wait to try it!!
> Exocet has had a number of successful boards, but I don't know about
> the Warp-X. It's 31cm wide 30cm from the tail. I know it says 52cm
> Tutle and optional 80cm, but the tail looks rather narrow. And they
> say max sail is 9.5? My Superlight and IMCO both work fine with 10.5.
> This thing is 280 liters, that sounds good. One thing against Mistrals
> is that I never thoughtmuch of the centerboard parts and now they are
> hard to find and they aren't making new ones.
> If I were you, I would want to know more about the Exocet, but I
> wouldn't order one without hearing reports. 'Sorry I can't give you
> On Tue, 19 Sep 2006 09:57:13 -0700, "Steven Henderson [MS]"
> >If I were looking for a light-wind racing WS, are the old Mistral
> >long-boards still the fastest? I consider myself advanced, but have never
> >longboarded. I see some new offereings from F2 and Exocet that look pretty
> >cool but haven't tried them. The WarpX looks really cool at:
> >http://www.exocet-original.com/products/warpx.asp#. And then there is the
> >whole *board Scerenity thing...
> >Or should I keep scouring the swap meets?