Starboard Free 72 - The quest for first smaller board is over

Starboard Free 72 - The quest for first smaller board is over

Post by Helge Opg?r » Fri, 03 Jun 2005 21:11:17


I just bought a '99 *board Free 72 (96 liters) as my first high wind board.
Hopefully I will be able to sail it soon. I made my first ever planing gybe
earlier this week on my Exocet SS77 :-)

Got the board quite cheap, it's a wood version and it came with brand new 30
cm fin and new footstraps.
It has a tiny repair in the nose, otherwise in mint condition. The nose is
very pointed, does it serve any purpose?

Will it be harmful to round it off a bit? I might glue some EVA foam on the
nose to protect it and think it will be less exposed if I round it off first
and seal the cut with epoxy and fiberglass..

Will the 30 cm fin be OK with my 6.0 sail?
My Exocet SS77 has a 44 cm fin, both boards have tuttle fin boxes. Would it
be a good idea  to have a fin between 30 and 44 cm that can be used on both
boards?

I have a 460 100% carbon mast that I use with both my sails (6.0 and 7.0),
should the next mast be a 430 or a 400? Assuming next sail would be around
5.2 - 5.4. The 6.0 would rig perfectly on a 430.

I weigh about 210 lbs.

--
Helge

 
 
 

Starboard Free 72 - The quest for first smaller board is over

Post by sm.. » Sat, 04 Jun 2005 02:19:10

Assuming you're planning to buy a new or failry modern 5.2, a 400 will
be the way to go.  My new 5.3 requires a 400 (no head strap extension,
so you couldn't even use a 430 if you wanted to).  A 400 will rig from
mid 5's down to mid 4's, so you'll definitely be able to extend your
current quiver.  Using a 460 on your 6.0 isn't the end of the world,
and with the 460 you could go up to low 8's.  So with a 400 and a 460,
you can go from mid 4's to low 8's..that's a lot of sailing.

sm

Quote:

> I have a 460 100% carbon mast that I use with both my sails (6.0 and 7.0),
> should the next mast be a 430 or a 400? Assuming next sail would be around
> 5.2 - 5.4. The 6.0 would rig perfectly on a 430.

> I weigh about 210 lbs.

> --
> Helge


 
 
 

Starboard Free 72 - The quest for first smaller board is over

Post by Helge Opg?r » Sat, 04 Jun 2005 06:30:06

Thanks for the advice.
I just picked up the board from the seller. He gave me an old NP Combat Wave
5.0, it will rig on the 460 as well. Is there any point in trying to use
this old sail? It is probably from the early 90's. Will it handle more wind
than my modern ('03) 6.0 Loft Lip?

--
Helge

Quote:

> Assuming you're planning to buy a new or failry modern 5.2, a 400 will
> be the way to go.  My new 5.3 requires a 400 (no head strap extension,
> so you couldn't even use a 430 if you wanted to).  A 400 will rig from
> mid 5's down to mid 4's, so you'll definitely be able to extend your
> current quiver.  Using a 460 on your 6.0 isn't the end of the world,
> and with the 460 you could go up to low 8's.  So with a 400 and a 460,
> you can go from mid 4's to low 8's..that's a lot of sailing.


 
 
 

Starboard Free 72 - The quest for first smaller board is over

Post by Helge Opg?r » Sat, 04 Jun 2005 06:36:29

Just picked up the board. The new footstraps were not mounted, but I will
replace the old ones as they are quite worn.

As a newbie to a small board, where should I put the footstraps? Inboard and
forward?
It is possible to use a single rear strap by using a long fin***and some
sort of spacer, is this a good idea?

On my very  wide Exocet SS77 i have the straps way outboard and it can be
tricky to get the rear foot in when going really fast. But I usually get it
in eventually.

--
Helge

 
 
 

Starboard Free 72 - The quest for first smaller board is over

Post by Scott » Sat, 04 Jun 2005 07:08:56

Congratulations!
cheap is good.
the pointy nose is there for fashion and to poke holes in your sails
;-)
Definitely play with the fins on each board.  It is only by
experimenting that you will know what it feels like to be over or under
finned.
A fin in the middle (36cm??) would be very helpful, and would work on
both boards quite well.  30 should be enough with the 6.0, but depends
on salt/fresh water, current, your style, etc.
30cm will be too big when you are well powered on your 5.0, so you will
eventually need one smaller.

Personally, I would get a 430 next. and not 100% carbon, since you may
be going in the waves (or just over the handlebars).
At our weight, you will use the 430 from 5.8 to 5.0.
Once you get to 4.7, the sails call for a 400, but a big guy like us
can easeily use a 430 in the sail (it jsut makes it more powerful).
The opposite is not good. If you put a soft 400 into your new 5.2, it
will be soft and noodly, without much power, range or response.
Plus, the 6.0 you have now calls for a 430.

Do not buy any modern sails that claim "all our sails rig on a 400" -
that is oK for lighter sailors but a big guy like you needs a 430 in
the 5.0-6.0 range and a 460 in the 6.0 to 7.0 range.

Since you have a 6.0, go for a 5.2 for a good sail gap.

Quote:

> I just bought a '99 *board Free 72 (96 liters) as my first high wind board.
> Hopefully I will be able to sail it soon. I made my first ever planing gybe
> earlier this week on my Exocet SS77 :-)

> Got the board quite cheap, it's a wood version and it came with brand new 30
> cm fin and new footstraps.
> It has a tiny repair in the nose, otherwise in mint condition. The nose is
> very pointed, does it serve any purpose?

> Will it be harmful to round it off a bit? I might glue some EVA foam on the
> nose to protect it and think it will be less exposed if I round it off first
> and seal the cut with epoxy and fiberglass..

> Will the 30 cm fin be OK with my 6.0 sail?
> My Exocet SS77 has a 44 cm fin, both boards have tuttle fin boxes. Would it
> be a good idea  to have a fin between 30 and 44 cm that can be used on both
> boards?

> I have a 460 100% carbon mast that I use with both my sails (6.0 and 7.0),
> should the next mast be a 430 or a 400? Assuming next sail would be around
> 5.2 - 5.4. The 6.0 would rig perfectly on a 430.

> I weigh about 210 lbs.

> --
> Helge

 
 
 

Starboard Free 72 - The quest for first smaller board is over

Post by sm.. » Sat, 04 Jun 2005 11:47:36

You can certainly try it.  A 460 in a 5.0 may fit, but it's really not
the right mast.  If you have the sail and the wind is up, give it a go.

I'm 6'3", 200lb and  have been very happy with my 2005 HOT 5.3 Smack
which will not run on a 430, it requires a 400.

If you're trying to get the most sail range from two masts I'd go 460
to 400 for sure, especially if you're talking modern sails.  If you
want to get optimum performance for each sail, then you need the
manufacturer suggested mast for each sail, gets expensive though.  

sm