>For shallow fla***er sailing in light winds, say 12-20 kts, like down at
>Hatteras, one would normally sail a vertical race-style fin. What if the fin
>digs down into shallow sand bars? I heard someone somewhere say that a weedfin
>will avoid this.
On low tides in the sounds at Hatteras, you ultimately will find out where
most of the sandbars are and learn to avoid them, but I often use a weed
fin when I'm sailing an unfamiliar site or one where the water seems very
A weedfin will lift the back of the board up a little (as it grinds on the
tip) but you wil not get pitched off the board, thrown over the handlebars,
or break the fin/finbox out of the board like often happens with a vertical
I often sail very short fins, and have had others follow me a great speed
into areas I know I can get thru, due to the short fin, but they get
pitched following right in my wake
. So be careful of the bars, and you definitely will need a weedfin anyway
(I sailed Can. Hole yesteday, and was testing a sail, and need the vertical
fin for a number of reasons, but the weeds were terrible, and I would have
done much better gone much faster on a weedfin.) The sound water temp was
in the mid 50's due to the warm weather. It was 60 deg. F water temp in the
shallows up in Waves when I checked it today.
> Would you all suggest this type of fin or a more swept-back
>fin like a Tru Ames Convert? My 298 Veloce came with a 14.5" vertical fin and
>I'm looking to buy a 2nd. I'm 190 lbs., and sail an old 12'ft raceboard and my
>new Veloce. Thanks for your advise
You really need a big vertica fin , a smaller swept fin, for
rougher/choppier conditions, and a weedfin for the Laguna Madre
down by Corpus Christie and SPI.
I'd thy a T.A Teardrop, about 13-14" and a T.A. Blade Weed 13-14 " plus a
smaller weedfin if you use sails smaller than 6.5 ( Say an 11".
Hope this helps.
sailquik (Roger Jackson) US 3704 |Ph#in MD 301-872-9459
F2/North Sails/ True Ames/Rainbow|Ph#in NC 919-995-3204
US Sail Lvl 1 WS Instructor