Hoping for some clarification or advice on building a new Fish
I have this 5'8 x 21.25" x 2.75" fish i made year or so ago which was build number 3 for me,
It has a 16.5" nose and tail. 1.5" tail rocker, 3.5" nose rocker. its 2" thick 12" from nose and 2 1/16" thich at a12" from tail. butt crack is 12", fins are Hobie from true ames.
Bottom is flat too mild v. Rails are down with a small tuck to hard in the rear with a bevel on the deck. 6x6 deck and 6oz bottom with deck and fin patch. glassed with resein researach and cut from a 5'10Rp
I have really enkoyed this board, surfing it in everything from knee high too well overhead. I have found its sweet spot is from waist high clean to mushy and over head. any smaller and it looses its purpose, at the top end of the spectrum its might fast and you can really lay it iver on fatter waves. its east to paddle and wave count is allways good.
Where i have found trouble is on the cleaner shoulder to head hgh days, where the board can feel very stiff and tracky going down the line,you turn into the bottom and it just sits on a track and I cant get it away until the wave dies down, board is sat low on the face and not racing away from the pocket. The other issue i have founnd is on the smaller days where you have the room turn into the face but the board tends to stick on the way through,
Now my initial thoughts are that this is a nose width or rail issue, but before i go and shape its replacement i wanted to thrash some ideas around and get some more informative opinions and ideas.
I am concidering, 5'5 x 21 x 2.5, same nose and tail numbers, but with a finer foil and more forgiving rails, 60/40 ish. Im wondering if my front foot is more inline with the wide point, would this aid in forcing the board free. or perhaps 5'7x20.5" x2.5 with a finer foil and smilar rail design,
i have a shorter board, and this paddles pretty well, so I dont mind coming down in size. There seems to be two schools of thiought on fish, as small as you dare, to own the board, or more foiled and norrow to add controll. I dont wish to go bigger as i have a 6'0 fsh which im also looking to make a replacment for, this is more pulled in, and the issue witht hat board is coming roiund from a top turn, the front end tends to wash out on re entry,
what youu guys think?