>>Interesting that the Kona handled it better for you - I would have thought
>>it would be way slappier with all that nose to catch chop.<<
In the past when I only had the IMCO and time was very precious, I would
sail it in 5.8-5.5 bay conditions and keep up with many of the smaller
boards until the inevitable wipe out on the jibe attempt. There was
something about all that weight forward (mast track back, centerboard up)
that settled the board down on a beam reach. I'm sure the narrow width
> I found the same thing with my Hyfly Free 266, 108 litre big board.
> When I got it it was set up with a single back strap. It was nice and
> manoeverable, but I found I was always needing to slip my back foot out
> of the strap to get more on the rail, or I just couldn't go as fast as
> I felt I should. Double back is way better for me on this board.
> I'd try a wave fin on your board. If you are well powered, it should
> give you plenty of lift to stay upwind, and if you work on driving
> through your front foot it shouldn't spin out (make sure your harness
> lines are back far enough if you do find yourself going sideways). If
> its so windy that your spinning anyway, try a smaller sail. Bend ze
> kneez lotz and keep them zupple to soak up the chop! Interesting that
> the Kona handled it better for you - I would have thought it would be
> way slappier with all that nose to catch chop.
>> Hi Group
>> I started a thread a while back about whether I should try a single
>> rear strap on my RRD Avantride S, 270x66x115L, to try to calm it down
>> in 6.4 conditions as I was having difficulty with chop.
>> I can now report that I finally tried a single back strap after a
>> couple of frustrating near overpowered 6.4 sessions. I went out nicely
>> powered on a 7.6 and absolutely hated it. Man what a way to turn a fast
>> board into a dog. It may well be Ok for those overpowered 6.4 sessions
>> but it is not worth the compromise for other less powered sessions.
>> In one 6.4 session I was having so much trouble coping with the chop
>> that I swapped the RRD for my Kona! That board sure is a chop flattener
>> :-) And I didn't notice any significant decrease in speed either, but
>> was able to stay in control during the gusts.
>> So I'll have to find another way to slow/quiten down the RRD, I guess
>> either by smaller fin, (currently a 34cm Liberty freeride) or a smaller
>> sail. What is a suggested sail size to drop down from a 9 / 7.6 / 6.4
>> Also in the previous thread the topic of footstrap installation by
>> power tool was discussed and Roger gave us all a lesson on the "proper"
>> method. Well my new Kona footstraps were installed exactly as Roger
>> described....soap screws - hand tighten - re-tighten after first couple
>> of sessions, and I can report that they have stayed rock solid and have
>> not required any attention after installation.