I looking for some advice for my slalom quiver, I am really happy with the sails but I fill like a gap between the Exocet S4 and the Falcon 85.
Here is the board+sails and wind range of my quiver adding the futur new board, each time I try to overlap:
Falcon 148L and 85cm width S-type +foil 8kts to 12-15kts
S4 122L 73cm width : S-type 7,8 + racing blade 7,0 start from 10-12kts to 18kts
New board : racing blade 7,0 and 6,3 start from 15-18kts to 25kts
Falcon 85L 58cm width : racing blade 6,3 and speed blade 5,9 and 5,4 20-25kts to....to be define with speed and scare meter ??
I am 1,82 for 73-74kg mainly sailing in a mix of sea and inland sea area.
What would you recommend as the new board?
Thank you for your help
A light weight slalom quiver is usually 81/66/58 wide. So a 66 wide slalom board? I own a tabou 106/66 and the perfect sail size for this board is a 7.0 (but I'm 85 kg). 7.8 also works. With the 6.4 I prefer a smaller board. So if your main focus is the 7.0 a 66 wide will work. If both sails have to work a 100 liter 61-64 wide is probably better.
Same weight, the Tabou 100 at 65cm and Excocet 95 at 62cm are my most used boards.
thank you for all the information.
Base on this I have been looking at board available not to pricey and found:
tabou manta 66 2017 66cm width
falcon 99 2017 at 62cm and measured in a magazine test at 63cm sound strange
falcon 98 2018 at 63cm width
exocet rs3 2018 64cm width
now I need to define as the 81cm that you recommend for light wind is in my quiver split on a 85cm and 73cm and give me kind of bigger range if:
- option 1 the manta will not overlap to much the S4 range and if the transition with the falcon 85 will be smooth enough
- option 2 the 100l option around 63cm will start soon enough for the S4 transition to avoid the actual probl?me with the falcon 85.
this is not so easy to define as I look what is possible in term of rig switch as I can rig in same time
the 7,8 and 7,0 perfect for falcon 148/S4 and the new board
6,3 and 5,9 perfect on strong wing day with the falcon 85
7,0 and 6,3 are using the same mast this is why I try to play with board that can use the same rig on the overlap to extend the sail range.
could be a good option to look at a second 430 mast and as the loft can be on SDM and RDM To pick this time an RDM for a softer handling of the 6,3 as I got on the 5,9
Would't buy anything in between. For your weight the Falcon 85 is spot on with sailsizes 6.3 and 7.0
The 7.0 however is on the small side for your S4. A 73 wide has a sweetspot around 8.0 +/- .6 m2
I would try different fins. This can make a board feel quite different.
If you're still instisting on buying a different board I would sell the S4 and get something around 65 to 68 wide. Those boards have 7.0 and 7.8 sweetspots.
Regarding masts for Racing Blades. Where I sail there are a lot of guys using RB's. Only the 95+ kg guys use SDM masts in the 7.0. All the lighter guys use RDM in 6.3 and 7.0.
Hello The Tank,
Before to get the racing blade 7.0, I was using a S-Type 6,6 and didn't like it on Falcon, this is why I add first a 6,3 racing blade that work perfectly on the falcon 85 and after change the 6,6 for the 7,0 to use with the S4 and being a better combo.
7,8 and 7,0 work really well on the S4 with a Select Vmax 4 43cm define with Select as the original fin from exocet was not good.
Base on my previous experience with bigger sail than 6.3 with the Falcon 85 I didn't give a try with the 7.0.
For the falcon 85 with the racing blade 6,3 I use depend on sea condition Hot rod 33cm ,Maui ultra race G10 30cm.
For the speed blade 5,9 and 5,4 sails the Select Gaspar crossfire 25cm.
Perhaps I should give another try to the Falcon 85 and 7,0 this could help me having better view on next step.