F2 Max2Air 264 questions

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F2 Max2Air 264 questions

Ive found a pertty good deal on a 2002 F2 Max2Air 264, 115 liters and need some input about it's performance.  I'm looking for something to sail at Van Pugh, with a 7.0, 5.9, and maybe 5.0 sails, must be able to handle the wild chop and still floaty enough for the lulls and windshadows, fairly fast and easy jumper.  Any info would be appreciated.
I weigh 155 lbs.

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Re: F2 Max2Air 264 questions

Uh, Gene...You are the guy we ask about this kind of stuff.

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Re: F2 Max2Air 264 questions

Chuck from Whitecap Windsurfing has one of these, so he would be a good one to ask.  He really seems to love this board.

It is very similar in style and shape to my Carve 111 (my weight is the same as yours), so I can provide some comments.  Obviously at a 115 liters, it will float you just fine, and will work well with a 7.0.  When sailing in 7.0 type wind, it will feel a little slower than what you are used to -- this is not to say at all that is slow.  It just has a different feeling ride than a dedicated slalom.  But due to length and width of the board, you will be amazed at how well it jumps!  I did not think my Carve at 111 liters would be comfortable in the air during big jumps, but it is.  While I bought my board primarily for 7.0 and 6.2 sailing, I have used it several times with a 5.2.  The short length of the board really hides the volume when are sailing in higher winds.  The ride does get bumpy in 5.2 type winds due to the width of the board, but it is not too bad.

In general, I think this would be an awesome board for 7.0 and 5.9 at Lanier.  It would probably be good with gusty 5.0 type winds, but it might start to be a handful in solid 5.0.  I also think that the newer shorter wider freeride boards are alot more fun to sail than dedicated slalom boards. Hands down

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Re: F2 Max2Air 264 questions

The F2 Max-2-Air 264, 115 liter is a perect lake board for the sail ranges you're talking about. I agree with eeryting Chris said and I can add little to it. It flies on jumps like crazy and is a VERY stable platform for my pitiful range of freestyle manuvers. It's not a board built for top speed. It is a super easy ride. It will get bouncy as any of these shape boards will. IF it's to bouncy that usually means there's enough wind to go to my 86 liter board anyway. I love this baord.  It's not the absolute best in any one category -- except maybe chop hopping -- as a board made specifically for a given ability, but it does just about everything so well that I can't imagine a much beter all-round board for the capable windsurfer.  

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Re: F2 Max2Air 264 questions

Chuck you wrote, "...all-round board for the capable windsurfer." What about for Gene?? (I only mean this in the kindest possible way.)

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So you think the F2Max 2- Air 264 would work for foiling? Inquiring minds want to know. Scratch one-s head

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Randy wrote:

So you think the F2Max 2- Air 264 would work for foiling? Inquiring minds want to know. Scratch one-s head

Firstly, I think you get the award for the reviving the longest zombie post. 16 years?

Sure, with a powerbox adapter or you can get A-box tracks put in. The deck probably isn't deep enough for a DTT. I know a guy in Miami who can set you up or you could probably get Fox in OBX to do it.

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Re: F2 Max2Air 264 questions

I guess I'm also wondering about the width - 63.5 cm - is it too narrow? (All assuming I could get used to sailing boards that size again.) I was thinking also that the wing actually might make the whole thing more stable for uphauling or flogging.

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I guess I'm also wondering about the width - 63.5 cm - is it too narrow? (All assuming I could get used to sailing boards that size again.) I was thinking also that the wing actually might make the whole thing more stable for uphauling or flogging.

Kind of small but not too much. Balz foils on something that size. Yes, there is a keel effect.

I would not consider it unless it's pretty windy 18-25ish. Your Exocet's short length makes it better in wind than the width suggests plus you are going to be (ideally) going over most of the chop instead of on it.

At your size, 64 is still wide enough to tack, uphaul, etc with some practice.

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I remembered I saw Balz on narrow board and figured "heck if he can do it, no reason I can't" Crazy ......

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Re: F2 Max2Air 264 questions

Freestyle board with NP Glide. Even if you don't understand French, you can see what he's doing.

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