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Looking for Equipe Race Centerboard

Aug 16, 2011 by Markd

My 93 vintage Equipe II XR (hull #402538) came with a small carbon cb ( 28 1/2 in from pivot pin to bottom of blade) but I'd like to use a larger one for racing in light winds. Apparently the '93 version has a shorter cb well (34.35 in on gasket side, 27.75 in on deck side). I have heard various ideas (Old superlight race cb, prodigy race cb) but have nothing to try to know for sure. If anybody out there (Dan, Chris?) has an EII of similar vintage and has any ideas/suggestions I'd love to hear them. Wright is also looking around to see if he can find something. Also looking for IMCO sail in very good/mint condition. Thanks, Mark Powell "Go long or go wrong"



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Date: 08/16/2011
From: Chris Voith

Sorry for the double post... got an error msg on 1st try.... Also, I THINK the Prodigy cb is the same as the S'light II. I know the original Superlight cb will not fit our board. It's huge. The ideal longboard quiver for light to heavy air would be: a "Stangerized" Original Superlight, the last version of the Equipe, and an IMCO. The IMCO is awesome in survival conditions– smaller and heavier makes it easier to drive through chop.
Date: 08/16/2011
From: Chris Voith

I have the same board (#404560) and c'board. (Same length and the width/chord goes from 6.5 to 4" near the tip). The larger cb will not fit our board. It goes with the Superlight II and the very last incarnation of the Equipe. There are precious few of those last Equipes around as far as I can tell. Stanger said he could modify my board to accommodate that c'board but it would not be cheap... and since I can beat him as it is, (it HAS happened, but not often) it doesn't make sense. fwiw, I think the IMCO sail would not be a good choice. (I owned many of 'em in the day). Despite some frustrations with cambered Aerotech sails, that's where I am looking to replace my venerable Aerotech Pacer 9.5. The Dagger VMG seems to be very similar and is now made in grid (Pentex?) construction. I think Wright has one of 'em... wonder what he thinks of it. I think you'd be happier sailing a 9.5. The modern race sails have tons more range than the old days and a bigger sail would light up that Equipe just as it is. I sail my 9.5 until the shortboard sailors are on 5.5s, then I go to a 7.5 VMG (not a 'Dagger'). It is insanely stable, even way OP'd.
Date: 08/16/2011
From: Chris Voith

I have the same board (#404560) and c'board. (Same length and the width/chord goes from 6.5 to 4" near the tip). The larger cb will not fit our board. It goes with the Superlight II and the very last incarnation of the Equipe. There are precious few of those last Equipes around as far as I can tell. Stanger said he could modify my board to accommodate that c'board but it would not be cheap... and since I can beat him as it is, (it HAS happened, but not often) it doesn't make sense. fwiw, I think the IMCO sail would not be a good choice. (I owned many of 'em in the day). Despite some frustrations with cambered Aerotech sails, that's where I am looking to replace my venerable Aerotech Pacer 9.5. The Dagger VMG seems to be very similar and is now made in grid (Pentex?) construction. I think Wright has one of 'em... wonder what he thinks of it. I think you'd be happier sailing a 9.5. The modern race sails have tons more range than the old days and a bigger sail would light up that Equipe just as it is. I sail my 9.5 until the shortboard sailors are on 5.5s, then I go to a 7.5 VMG (not a 'Dagger'). It is insanely stable, even way OP'd.



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