Free race boards

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abitwindy
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Free race boards

Post by abitwindy » Wed Mar 13, 2019 11:02 am

Hi all

Ive owed a 112 fire move for a couple of years and used this with a 7m ezzy cheetah and 5.8 elite , next board down is a 105rrd fsw.

I found the fire move not that exciting to be honest , it didn't really plane that early or was that fast and once i was powered on it i could probably step down to the 105 fsw.
Ive been looking at 120 ish sb futuras , what are your thoughts on theses boards, will it be much difference in top speed and early planning compared to the fire move.

Its going to be my light wind set up at 67kgs , i did try a slalom board a few years ago and loved it but didn't want to go down that route as it seems to get very complicated.

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Re: Free race boards

Post by PhilN » Wed Mar 13, 2019 4:28 pm

It depends on where you sail. I find wider boards ok in Poole Harbour but on the open sea (even at Branksome it is relatively sheltered) they can get a bit bouncy when its a bit windy.
I'm 78kg and used to sail with a 7.5m on a Falcon 125l/73cm wide in lighter winds, but had a 110l/66cm board for when well powered up with that sail.
These days my board for a 7.5m Lion is a 110l/67cm wide Exocet. But I've also got a bigger setup (8.5m 125l/80cm) for lighter winds. If I didnt have the bigger setup, I still dont think I'd go wider than 70cm. Go too wide for a relatively small 7m sail and it wont feel balanced. When well powered up too wide and bouncy for comfort.
So for your weight with a 7m Cheetah I wouldn't go much wider than 70cm. So that would be a 107l/71cm Futura, or if you stick with RRD a Firestorm 120/70cm. I had a go on a Severne Fox 120l/70cm and that felt good with a 7.5m.
With a bit of active pumping a freerace will plane fine, be faster and feel a lot more exciting than a wider freemove type board.

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Re: Free race boards

Post by abitwindy » Wed Mar 13, 2019 6:25 pm

Thanks for the info Phil, ill see what's around and look at width and not just volume.

The last comment is what i really wanted to hear!

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Re: Free race boards

Post by Richarli » Wed Mar 27, 2019 8:59 am

I agree with the width against weight comment. I can't comment on the latest futuras but generally they are known to be the best at handling chop out of all the freeracers.

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Re: Free race boards

Post by Radialhead » Wed Mar 27, 2019 9:46 am

Futuras have grown fat in recent years unfortunately. However if you're looking for older/cheaper boards, they'd be my choice. Unfortunately Starboard have ditched their archive sites so it takes a bit of effort to find the widths for each year. I think you need to go back to 2013 or earlier to get the original narrower boards.
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Re: Free race boards

Post by abitwindy » Wed Mar 27, 2019 6:39 pm

What are peoples thoughts on the wood construction ?
All my boards have been bought used but in the better ltd constructions.

Ive seen some older large futuras am im tempting as this is really going to be for light wind use as i have a 105 fsw for when it picks up.

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Re: Free race boards

Post by Richarli » Wed Mar 27, 2019 8:05 pm

I've got a wood 155 (85 wide) 2009 vintage and it's done a hell of a lot of miles. No issues with it at all. Can't see any reason to change it while it continues to survive. I've even foiled it once this year.

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Re: Free race boards

Post by Duncan Adam » Fri Mar 29, 2019 7:36 am

I have the 2017 Futura 117 at 232 long and 77.5 wide. It handles the chop well and is almost there with the speed of a slalom board.

Covers from 6.4m with 39cm fin through to 8.6m with 46cm fin. Standard 42cm fin covers 7.1m and 7.8m.

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Re: Free race boards

Post by abitwindy » Fri Mar 29, 2019 8:57 pm

Hi Duncan, sounds like a nice set up you have there.
Is it mainly flat water you sail in ? At the moment i don't think i would want to go much bigger than a 7m as I'm a light weight at 67ish kgs.

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Re: Free race boards

Post by PK1111 » Sat Mar 30, 2019 6:58 am

I hit a similar point years ago with a lovely AHD free diamond 70.
It planed early with a twin cam 8m, and was a super smooth ride, but just didn’t feel very exciting.
I swapped to a Fanatic Falcon 122 with a triple cam 7.8.
The planing is surprisingly a bit worse, I think as the waterline length reduced, but when it releases, its like an explosion of speed and acceleration.
It only has two gears, feathering upwind for a bit of a rest, and full throttle reaching.
If you fancy doing 30 knots in less than 20 knots of wind, it will offer as much excitement as you can handle.
It has transformed my light wind sailing in 10 to 15 knots.
You can hold on to more than that, but I tend to swap down to a fsw 90 with 5.9.

Only advice I would say is get the biggest board and sail you need to get going in light winds.
Lots of folks buy a size down - 110 litres and 7m, but that is still “big” and I think limits light wind performance, but may be right for your size / weight.

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