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WTB. SAIL 5.5--6.0

For price reference about a really good 2008Size as stated 5.5--6.0 only. Wave , power wave, possible freestyle.Ezzy HotSails Maui, no Superfreak,Naish, Simmer, Goya, Aerotech, Sailworks or NorthWave.Windsurf1002@hotmail.comSee More
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Gary John Matthews replied to Ben Skudrna's discussion Fins
"This is good, but a smaller FR will probably be powerbox. The current boards, don't generally , get much press on replacement fins, I would look at used. I do feel some improvement with a better fin is possible. Please take all advise on…"
Ben Skudrna replied to Ben Skudrna's discussion Fins
"Thanks I will look into those boards and I have heard smaller boards are easier to waterstart so I am excited to give that a try. I also think I should be able to go faster. Thanks again"
Gary John Matthews replied to Ben Skudrna's discussion Fins
"My experience with Freeride of late has been Tabou Rockets, having a 135, now, a 145 and 115 prior. An option would be the wide version, then go smaller in size. The FR is a popular style, all the companies will have options. The iwindsurf forum…"
Ben Skudrna replied to Ben Skudrna's discussion Fins
"Yes both boards are Tuttle ."
Ben Skudrna replied to Ben Skudrna's discussion Fins
"Thank you for the reply I understand that 5.5 conditions are not ideal for my 141 go I am considering getting a 120 in the near future which I will be researching soon I am still a bit inefficient at my water starts but my harness and footstrap use…"
Gary John Matthews replied to Ben Skudrna's discussion Fins
"Sizes of fins.. Use the fin guides posted with the different fins, this being a general rule. Take your sail size...9.5 lion... Multiply times 5. Add 3 ..this = 50.5 The numbers 5 and 3 are constant. Your weight being above 175 lb, the mean average…"
Brian replied to Ben Skudrna's discussion Fins
"Ben, Not a fin expert, but I do have more fins than I care to admit to.  I think the 46 cm should be good with your 9.5 m2 sail, depending on the board and depending on how efficient you are.  You mentioned two different boards. …"


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Glenn lake area launches

I'm heading to Glenn Lake for a week. Do you guys have any tips on good WS launches in the area? Glenn lake and Lake Michigan Sleeping Bear area? Thanks for any advice.

Posted by Chris Ferrara on August 16, 2016 at 9:03am — 3 Comments

Skunked :(

Well, I just got back from a two week vacation on Lake Michigan.  I finally have a place to store my gear and I was so looking forward to some sailing on the big Lake.  But the gear just sat and sat and sat, waiting for the wind that never happened.  So disappointed.

On the bright side . . . I have never seen Lake Michigan so clean and clear.  After a few days of calm, the lake settled out and I could see the bottom plain as day in 10' of water.  As an added bonus, there was not any of the usual churn of dead algae and seaweed sloshing around close to shore either.  It really was amazing.  Now if only I could order up some wind.  I'm not asking for much. . . .just a steady 15-25mph breeze.  Please.

Next year's vacation will not be scheduled in the dog days of August.  


Posted by Jim O'Donnell on August 12, 2016 at 5:58pm — 1 Comment


I usually don't recommend leaving MI in the summer - it's a beautiful state with great beaches (and no sharks).   However, for wind there's always Maui.  At 200 lbs, I could not hold onto a 4.7 the last two mornings.  Jeannie was on a 2.8, and Dan Katlein sailed a 3.5 all day long, two days in a row!  The Trades are just awesome.  You wake up any time, have some breakfast, maybe a little exercise and stretching session.  By 11am, you can almost assume that the winds will be blowing.  For some reason, when the wind meters say 21 mph at home, I'm on a 6.5-6.9 m2 sail.  Here, I'm on a 5.4 or maybe smaller.  Pretty awesome place if you can't be in Michigan.

If you look carefully (or click to expand), you'll see the tiny windsurfers.  No on is on bigger than an 86L board and probably a 4.5 sail.…


Posted by Brian on July 29, 2016 at 3:35pm

2006 Mistral Windsurfer - excellent condiiton

Windsurf board, sail & accessories - $400 (Irish Hills Marina at Wamplers lake) - Call Chris at 517-266-0746
14975 Wamplers Lake Rd

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condition: excellent
engine hours (total): 0
length overall (LOA): 7
make / manufacturer: Mistral
model name / number: Slalom 340
propulsion type: sail

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Minstral Slalom 340 Windsurfer for sale.

Super Vision 6.7 sail; mast 480cm Boom 200cm

Accessories include harness, straps, etc.

Posted by Howard Dawson on July 15, 2016 at 7:00pm


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