Following on from the success of the (unofficial) record breaking Speed 44, Carbon Art are pleased to announce the release of two new speed boards, the Speed 47 and the Speed 60.
These boards utilize the same design advantages as the Speed 44, which Chris Lockwood used to set the worlds fastest documented GPS time on production gear, averaging 46.2 knots over five ten second runs at Sandy Point in November 2006. This speed is second on the GPS rankings only to Finian Maynard’s 2004 outright world record run at the canal in France, where he achieved an average speed of 46.6 knots on a prototype custom board. Top end speed is no-compromise in the Carbon Art speed board range. When trimmed and balanced at high speed, the board sits on the small surface behind the back foot, resulting in minimal wetted area. This balance point can be sustained relatively easily in a wide range of conditions.
The Carbon Art speed boards have significant design differences to others on the market. The most obvious feature is the wider and thicker nose. Nose lift is greater than conventional boards of similar width; however the lift characteristic is still very stable. This stable nose lift is used to advantage in moderately choppy conditions, where you can literally fly the board confidently over chop without applying excessive weight through your feet to set the trim.
Another major benefit of the larger nose is to maintain sub-planing balance. The overall board volume is significantly greater, resulting in improved versatility for the width of the board. When you hit a lull at the end of a run, stall a gybe, or if water starting in gusty conditions, the extra bottom end is priceless.
Upwind performance is superior with the flatter rocker, increased rail volume, and parallel midsection outline. This is very important when using small fins to get back upwind for another run. Careful integration of the rocker, vee and outline results in boards that gybe tightly, despite the thicker rail profile.
The tail design promotes a loose ride to get the board flying at lower speeds. The mid-section rocker is lower than on other boards to improve trim stability and efficiency in moderate chop when the midsection engages. This lowers the planing threshold, reduces drag through the planing transition, and provides a smoother, more stable ride in the short sharp chop typical of real-world speed sailing conditions.
There are currently four models available, the smallest is the Speed 44. At 44cm wide this is a versatile board for anyone serious about 40kt+ speeds. It works best with a sail 6.0m2 and smaller, but can also be used with larger sails.
The Speed 47 design is targeting all-round performance in conditions capable of mid 40kt speeds, or for bigger riders looking for more floatation in a no-compromise format.
The Speed 50 design is significantly larger, and has been proven to more than 44 knots. It has float-home capability for sailors in the low-80kg weight range.
The Speed 60 design is more of an all rounder, designed to extract maximum speed from lighter wind and variable conditions. The outline is more conventional, but still offers the same low-wind benefits and volume / width distribution as the smaller sizes in the range. It can be used with a large sail range, from 5.8m2 to 8.5m2. The rocker is flatter than that of slalom boards, providing a smoother ride and looser trim in short steep chop.
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