> This board will be my light-wind board and will be used
>mostly with a 6.5 or a 7.5. I had originally thought I should look at
>boards in the 295cm, 130l range. Should I consider boards in the 285cm,
>115l range too, or will the planing performance suffer too much?
IMHO, at your weight, I'd go bigger, but not knowing the wind range you get
"most" of the time makes a recommendation difficult. If you have wind speed
over 12 mph most of the time, then a 295 will be O.K. with a 7.5.
If the wind is often down around 9-10 mph and you still wish to sail your
7.5 then something in the 300-310 cm range with 140 liter+ volume will do
the trick. The 310-II Xanthos, Fanatic Falcon 304, 305 Thommen; or AHD 310
will get you planing in about 9 mph with a well tuned 7.5. This might
double or triple your planing time.
The 285 range would be good, but you'd enjoy it most if the wind was at
least 15 mph. Sounds like yo already have a higher wind board. The big
early planers all do really well in the 8-18 mph range. Some go a bit
higher in windrange, others do not.
Hope this helps
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