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Do you spend most of your money on gear .or have you hit a happy spot .

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Created by Tardy Two weeks ago, 25 Nov 2018
Tardy
2619 posts
25 Nov 2018 9:49AM
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IS it me ..? or is it you too....

I seem to be always looking at new gear ,finding bargains and basically ending up with a arson of windsurfing gear ...

I guess ,i am really hooked on windsurfing ...eg ..i sold a board ,couple of sails ,

then BANG ...all of a sudden i just brought 3 band new sails ...LOL.

Just wonder do i have a problem ,or are you a one in one out kind of guy .or gal ?

WILL i ever be happy with what I got ?

probably not

love me new sails though ...

cammd
QLD, 1945 posts
25 Nov 2018 11:54AM
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A few windsurfing purchases every year is nothing compared to other hobbies or interests. A decent fishing boat is 50 to 100k, a caravan is the same sort of dollars to just name a couple, windsurfing is a cheap active healthy interest. My advice is to wear the gear out as fast as you can and then buy more.

Tardy
2619 posts
25 Nov 2018 10:04AM
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HA ,,,,love your way of thinking cammd.

fishing boats are bottomless pits for money ...

thing is I never feel guilty buying windsurfing gear .....cause i know good times are ahead .

arriving at the beach ,when its blowing its guts out and you have 3 new sails in tow ...
thats exciting .

Paddles B'mere
QLD, 1960 posts
25 Nov 2018 12:22PM
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If we were to convert the cost of some windsurfing gear into hours at the hourly rate of a cardiac specialist and all of his/her team then it's quite a cheap investment in staying fit compared to the potential alternative outcome

Heavy1
NSW, 116 posts
25 Nov 2018 3:45PM
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I agree with all of the above, about it being a relatively inexpensive hobby. I've got way too much gear, but I've kept my beloved land-cruiser going for the equal of 4 or 5 cars among most of my friends and saved far more than I've spent on windsurfing and paddle boards. I get my happiness from my sport and my collection rather than shiny new cars. I have noticed however that the more time I spend on water the less gear I seem to buy. If I'm working hard, trawling the classifieds for "bargains" and the online stores for new gadgets becomes a poor substitute for time on water. Its really nice to have choice and gear to share, but I am also guilty of never spending enough time on one set of gear to really dial it in. Having too much gear also slows down your setup time. Don't get me wrong, I'm not parting with my collection, but I am aware of the negatives.

Imax1
VIC, 1551 posts
25 Nov 2018 6:14PM
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If you need more , buy a windomometer, Then you'll never rig the right size sail.

olskool
QLD, 878 posts
25 Nov 2018 5:52PM
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As your sailing ability progresses so does the collection of gear. New sails are great. Spending time on the water tuning them is fun. Matching the fins to the boards n conditions n ability is however the most time consuming exercise. Finding the right fin combo is hard. Lack of fins n no try before you buy scenario. Is 15 boards 19 sails n 20 fins too much of a collection after 3years???? Nah....not at all.
Time n place for it all....

Boston!
NSW, 32 posts
25 Nov 2018 7:18PM
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Most of the sailors I know, (and myself included), I would definitely class as fetishists when it comes to windsurfing kit. It comes with the territory.

NelsonFoils
167 posts
25 Nov 2018 5:33PM
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If you stay in balance , life is a joy...



Imax1
VIC, 1551 posts
25 Nov 2018 9:01PM
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There's nothing better than a cumilation of stuff , and I also have one .
but , really
your only going to use 2 boards and 2 fins and 2 sails 90% of the time , oh and maybe a RB
Although my favourite sail is the next size down.
And then that smaller pointer fin is really fast.
And then that slalom board that's a bit too small is really good on flat wataer.
And I've had a few really good goes on the sail one size smaller again when it's really blowing.
And you have to have that tiny twitchy emergency sail that's just horrible that you've tried to use once a year and still got beaten up.And hate it.
You definitely won't ever use that 35 cm flexy freeride fin that you got as a spare that came with that awesome freeride board you bought .
My advice , sell it in exchange for harness lines that are too short

NelsonFoils
167 posts
25 Nov 2018 6:19PM
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Chris 249
NSW, 1634 posts
25 Nov 2018 9:51PM
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One of the reasons I love one design sailing is because you don't have to spend all your time buying new stuff. You can put your time and energy into becoming a better sailor, and on enjoying the sport.

I put all my gear-development energies into my boats, where I can get involved in the actual design and construction rather than just handing over cash to a manufacturer. But I can understand people with different tastes.

spanishwog
QLD, 88 posts
25 Nov 2018 9:17PM
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I don't know why but 3 years ago I started keeping track of all my sessions in a spreadsheet. I have included my purchases as well. My sailing over the last 3 years has cost me $36 / session - more I sail the price comes down. Then I buy more stuff and price goes up!!
I think this is on par with other sports though - I play squash which costs me a yearly membership fee as well as money to play each time. Time on court v's time on water - average game lasts about 30 mins. Average sailing session I reckon would be 2 hours. So money spent on sailing is good value - that's what I tell my better half at least!!

da vecta
QLD, 2372 posts
25 Nov 2018 9:47PM
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It's cheaper than drugs and also more addictive.

Tardy
2619 posts
25 Nov 2018 7:48PM
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ha. good to hear I'M not alone .

I also think ,if a mate or nephew comes and visits ...have i got enough for 2 set ups ...

yes ,i do have now ,which is comforting ,

i have 2 nephews who sail now ....because of me i'm proud of that ,

stroppo
WA, 456 posts
25 Nov 2018 9:12PM
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I think every sailor should have enough gear accumulation for a windsurfing shop I'm not there yet but I'm having ago

Steve Charles
TAS, 1057 posts
26 Nov 2018 7:58AM
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I forced myself 4 weeks ago to stop looking at the buy and sell section (sorry Laurie). I kept buying fins I didn't need...... Seems to be working so far

Dezza
NSW, 591 posts
26 Nov 2018 8:04AM
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now I'm buying them, must stop looking too

BSN101
WA, 1414 posts
26 Nov 2018 7:49AM
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spanishwog said..
I don't know why but 3 years ago I started keeping track of all my sessions in a spreadsheet. I have included my purchases as well. My sailing over the last 3 years has cost me $36 / session - more I sail the price comes down. Then I buy more stuff and price goes up!!
I think this is on par with other sports though - I play squash which costs me a yearly membership fee as well as money to play each time. Time on court v's time on water - average game lasts about 30 mins. Average sailing session I reckon would be 2 hours. So money spent on sailing is good value - that's what I tell my better half at least!!


Im gonna quote you if i ever get asked, i was a squash player too.

Steve Charles
TAS, 1057 posts
26 Nov 2018 8:36PM
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Dezza said..
now I'm buying them, must stop looking too


Ha-ha

forceten
456 posts
27 Nov 2018 12:06AM
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Don't think most ever hit and maintain A HAPPY spot. Live is like a scud missle , up down

albers
NSW, 1585 posts
27 Nov 2018 7:24AM
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I'm still using the same 3 sails and 2 masts I've had for over 10 years. Bought a new (superseded) board for 1/2 price 4 years ago.

If you're not too particular, sailing can be reasonably inexpensive.

PS: Average cost of each sailing session is around $20

sboardcrazy
NSW, 6352 posts
27 Nov 2018 12:36PM
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Imax1 said..
There's nothing better than a cumilation of stuff , and I also have one .
but , really
your only going to use 2 boards and 2 fins and 2 sails 90% of the time , oh and maybe a RB
Although my favourite sail is the next size down.
And then that smaller pointer fin is really fast.
And then that slalom board that's a bit too small is really good on flat wataer.
And I've had a few really good goes on the sail one size smaller again when it's really blowing.
And you have to have that tiny twitchy emergency sail that's just horrible that you've tried to use once a year and still got beaten up.And hate it.
You definitely won't ever use that 35 cm flexy freeride fin that you got as a spare that came with that awesome freeride board you bought .
My advice , sell it in exchange for harness lines that are too short


And you have to have that tiny twitchy emergency sail that's just horrible that you've tried to use once a year and still got beaten up.And hate it.
Sounds like my 3.2m... I hung onto a 5m cammed sail at Budgy last week when a 3.8 or 4m would have been better because I didn't want to hang onto a twitchy wavesail..

BSN101
WA, 1414 posts
27 Nov 2018 9:50AM
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I'm a collector but going to start downsizing my board collection soon. I do like to update primary boards 2-3yrs. Sails depends on how they look.

Tardy
2619 posts
27 Nov 2018 12:46PM
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BSN101 said..
I'm a collector but going to start downsizing my board collection soon. I do like to update primary boards 2-3yrs. Sails depends on how they look.




Thats right ...good name we are collectors .

i always look at my old sails ,and think someone out there would love to own that ...

but the collection still builds .2 of everything right ,
I have this voice in the back of my head that tells me i need that .
scary ,I have 5 more in the trailer ..16 .

Shifu
QLD, 921 posts
27 Nov 2018 10:24PM
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I'm odd. I don't get any pleasure from buying gear. I like sailing, the equipment is simply what I need to do it so I buy it when it's needed. I sail everything into the ground. Extract maximum value before replacement.

MagicRide
30 posts
28 Nov 2018 10:44PM
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I have hit my happy spot. I have all newer sails, fins, board, boom and masts within 2 years old. I only have 1 sail that is a 2012 that is still in pretty good shape, that I will eventually replace when a good deal comes along. When the season starts up next year, I will buy some new 20" harness lines and a mast base tendon. But no big purchases for now.

ChrisD67
13 posts
29 Nov 2018 7:40AM
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Just returning to the sport, and this thread both scares and reassures me

NelsonFoils
167 posts
29 Nov 2018 8:04AM
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To the sport or to a material-rat race ...?

29 Nov 2018 11:12AM
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Steve Charles said..
I forced myself 4 weeks ago to stop looking at the buy and sell section (sorry Laurie). I kept buying fins I didn't need...... Seems to be working so far


Thanks Steve

Al Planet
TAS, 1384 posts
29 Nov 2018 6:12PM
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When I see somebody struggling with mismatched gear or stuff that doesn't suit their skill level I think that maybe some "investment" in newer gear is a good thing thought there are plenty of people out there having max fun on older equipment, some people like new cars some like new windsurfers. I think the tally in my shed is north of the 5 board mark ...well north.



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