Board: F2 axxis 278, 103 L
Fin: +- 30cm (+- 15 in)
Sail: NP 6.5 V8 3 cams
This works beautifully at the coast and on the rare windy days inland
but when other blokes are ripping at our local inland dam with their 8-9
m2 sails I'm slogging with the occasional gust getting me onto the
I know that I really need to buy a bigger board for these conditions and
as soon as the finances permit that I will. But what I really want to
know is what is the biggest sail I can put with this kit (obviously
getting a bigger fin if I need one).
The answer will probably be that a 6.5 is it. Fair enough, but can
anyone tell me why I can't go bigger and what would happen if I tried.
I'm just the kind of idiot who will try and I suppose I can afford to
because if I put an 8.5 on it and it is a disaster I will be forced to
save for my bigger board that can handle the bigger sail.
I'd also be interested to hear from anyone who's tried exceeding the
apparent limits of their board i.t.o. sail size.
PS, remove "nospam" from front of address to reply personally.
Buying a sail bigger than 7m2 wouldn't be the most useful way to spend money.
The board, which isn't wide enough to put more than 7, would be unusable, even
with a deeper fin. Moreover, having both a 6.5 and 7 isn't really fair, so
forget about a bigger sail on your axxis, or go on with a new bigger board which
will fit with a big sail as a 8m2
"The surest sign that intelligent life exists elsewhere in the universe is
that it has never tried to contact us" (Bill Watterson)
I'm using my 278 Axxis with a 7.5 (World Sails T2 - two cambers, specs at
http://www.sailworld.com/Taylor%20T-2.htm). My 6.5 (NP V8) is better, but
using the 7.5 beats sitting on the beach.
I like the 7.5 best with a large fin - I use a 42cm Curting CR7 racing fin.
It is much better than the my 36 cm Concrete Wave Freeride Slalom.
My weight is 75 kg.
The only bad thing I experienced is that the wind is usually unreliable when
I need the 7.5, so unless you're good at uphaul or the water is quite
shallow, I would recommend against it. I have only used the Axxis - 7.5
combination on the sound side at Hatteras where the water is waist deep. At
home, I'm always using my Equipe under the same conditions.