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Looking for a long board

Oct 24, 2016 by Robin McDougall

Hi Folks I'm a novice sailor and joined SPSBC about 18 months ago with my wife Gretchen. I sail (and love) a REALLY old Windsurfer, but I can't find parts to repair my mast foot. So I am looking for a longboard; Chris Graves has suggested Mistral would be the way to go. Does anyone out there have a Mistral (possibly an Aquip) that would be floaty enough for someone who weighs about 175 lbs? If so, I'd love to see it and possibly buy it! If you know someone who has a board that might work for me, I would appreciate it! Thanks, in advance, for your consideration and advice! Robin McDougall (850) 212-0760



Replies:

Date: 11/04/2016
From: Markd

Just got back from Kona Worlds and placed middle of Gold fleet. I'll get stuff sorted out and give Gretchen a call
Date: 11/04/2016
From: Markd

Just got back from Kona Worlds and placed middle of Gold fleet. I'll get stuff sorted out and give Gretchen a call
Date: 11/04/2016
From: Robin McDougall

Hi Mark I looked at the SLII yesterday and like it a lot. Chris has also made an SLI available to me to use. But, Gretchen is interested in your board! I will pass your number and information to her. If you'd like to text her or send her pics, her number is (850) 339-2356. Robin
Date: 11/02/2016
From: Markd

Hey Robin I will be selling my Kona with 7,4 rig for $800 if interested Kona is still being manufactured so it's easy to get parts and there are several already in the club. There will also be new Konas available after the world's which just finished today in the Keys. Sandy Point in Daytona and Miami will have some of those. Good luck! Mark Powell 850 273-1004
Date: 11/02/2016
From: Robin McDougall

Thanks everybody for the input and advice. :) Robin
Date: 11/02/2016
From: Robin McDougall

Hi Alex Thank you for your offer. I am really looking strictly for a windsurf board. :) Robin
Date: 11/01/2016
From: Bill Olson

Indeed the SLII is a classic. Same shape as the equipe II, more durable construction. Powerbox fin so those are easy to find. Make sure the centerboard has the pivot and the stop, those can come out. There were 2 different mast tracks used, one was for one year only. Both can be easily converted to a Chinook base if you aren't worried about on the fly adjustment, but try and get the base with the board. Check for soft spots and peeling surface. I had to redeck mine to get some traction. Gaskets are available or can be made, replacement just takes good prep work.
Date: 11/01/2016
From: paul

SLII is an awesome board, very fast on average on most points of sail. I think it may have been Mistral's most recent board, so parts should be available. Sandy Point in Daytona carries a lot of Mistral parts, so does Windpower in Wisconsin. But hopefully, if the board is in good condition, you won't need anything right away. BTW, Jack is hanging onto his Mahalo.
Date: 10/29/2016
From: alexb

I have a Bic Jungle Wind SUP I could sell. It's a 10'10" longboard that can be used as a SUP or a windsurfer for $400 and $50 for a nice Naish 12' padded bag.. They also advertised it as a kayak with some seats you can screw in but I never did that.

The drawback of this board is that it doesn't plane, ever. The rocker is way too big on the rear but it's AWESOME in extremely light winds and waves. It has a dagger board, so you have to insert/remove it whenever you use it. It has two small ding repairs I patched up. But otherwise water tight. I've SUP'ed it all around AP and SP. I've also surfed it down the Jax coast. It's a lot more fun with small waves and a sail. You can catch them and then ride the wind back and repeat.

Reason selling is I decided to upgrade to a shorter Wind SUP that's even more wave oriented but still want the windsurf option.

Looks like this:


Date: 10/27/2016
From: Robin McDougall

Hi Paul. Thanks for your input! I understand what you're saying. You mentioned Jack, but I don't know him. Can you put us in touch? I have had a reply from someone who has a Superlight II available. In the pics, it looks to be in great shape; no dings that I can see. What are your thoughts about that board? Also hard to find parts?
Date: 10/26/2016
From: paul

Robin, Mistral longboards are the erstwhile benchmark, but they too have parts that are becoming difficult to find. Here is a Mistral One-Design in Sarasota (with rigs) I found on craigslist. https://sarasota.craigslist.org/spo/5763228204.html You can see from the pics it is old - be sure to check the board for dings, cracks, or split seams - these will cause the board to take on water. Also soft spots in the hull portend problems down the road. Also, beware of any odd parts - some of these boards are retrofitted, to put it kindly, but in a way that reduce their overall value. I would also consider the Kona or Mahalo line by Exocet. These are newer boards with fewer moving parts, and are fine for class racing or just tooling around. There should be plenty of used ones around. You might even talk Jack (the Knife Edge) into selling his. P.S. The Mistral model is spelled "Equipe"



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