Windsurfing Equipment For Sale!
Are you looking to buy your first windsurfing set or buy a new board or sail to provide the next challenge and help you progress? Second-hand or new? Whatever your circumstances, Nelson Watersports is here to advise you. Our advice is given in good faith and you must realise that any decision you make on purchasing equipment is still your responsibility.
Second-Hand Equipment For Sale
Unfortunately I don’t have much gear available second-hand at the moment, as we’ve got a lot of people hiring and using it frequently.
The Buyers Guide
New Windsurfing Gear For Sale:
We have built relationships with various windsurfing and watersports shops and retailers around the country. Whether you want a particular Fanatic board or a Naish sail, or you don’t have a clue what you should be looking for, we can point you in the right direction! If we have seen you on the water (or better still, coached you) we’ll be well placed to give you some idea of what board or rig you should buy. Plus, we love talking about windsurfing kit till the cows come home! Click here for new windsurfing gear.
Second-Hand Windsurfing Kit For Sale:
Firstly, be very careful on trademe! The second hand market for windsurfing equipment in New Zealand is somewhat limited. However, there are quite a number of Trademe listings, “windsurfing set for sale” or similar. These can very occasionally be a gold mine, but more often are vastly over-priced piles of junk. Equipment has progressed considerably since windsurfing first started, making it much easier to learn and progress. By buying gear from the 1980s you are not giving yourself a fighting chance. You will most likely put yourself off the sport before you’ve really begun! We have seen a number of people trying to learn/relearn the sport on some awful old gear… Fair play to them for trying, but it can be SO much easier!!
We would recommend having lessons, then hiring gear until you become comfortable in the harness and using boards around 150l with sails bigger than 6m. This means that when you do buy gear, you are less likely to outgrow it quickly.
Second-Hand Windsurfing Boards:
Do you have to have the latest and greatest boards? No, of course not. If you are buying your first set of windsurfing gear on a budget, there is no need to buy new. We just reckon something from the current millennium will give you a better impression of the sport! Windsurfing boards went through a major design change in the first part of the 00s, getting wider and shorter, and consequently much easier to use. They have continued to evolve, but we haven’t seen such a game-changing development since. This means that you can realistically get a board from 10-12yrs ago that will do pretty much the same thing as a new one.
When buying, look for the following:
- Obvious cracks and holes – most commonly around the nose.
- Any signs of water ingress – soft parts where you can depress the surface of the board by pushing with your thumb.
- A repair is not necessarily a deal breaker as long as it has been competently done.
- A good trick is to take the air-vent/bung out and put the board in the full sunshine for 10mins. Then look and listen at the hole to see if you can spot dampness or hear a bubbling inside.
- Boards from 2000 and later are generally sized by volume. I.e. 145L
- The volume of the board directly relates to how floaty it will be. A 150L board will support 150kg before sinking. If you are a beginner, you should be looking for something that can support at least double your weight.
- The width of the board will determine how stable/wobbly the board is. The wider the better a beginner.
Second-Hand Windsurfing Sails:
Sail development made huge steps forward in the 1990s. The earlier development of ‘fully battened’ sails with camber inducers or ‘cams’ had made rigs dramatically more stable. New combinations of materials such as monofilm, dacron, mylar and kevlar reinforcing made sails stronger more stable and lighter. RAF (rotational asymmetric foil) design almost spelled the end for ‘cams’ and made sails significantly lighter and more manoeuvrable yet still very stable. The camber induced sails continue to be popular with racers and speed sailors as they are supremely stable and fast even when overpowered.
So what should you look for when buying a second hand sail? Again, we would say that something from this millennium is the bare minimum. Then it is more about the condition of the sail or the amount of use that it has had. For example, you might find a sail from 2002 that has barely been used and stored in good condition. This might prove a better buy than a 2011 sail that has had two full seasons of use, being left out in the NZ sun.
When buying, look for the following:
- No obvious damage/holes
- Check any stickers as they may be covering a hole/tear.
- The monofilm hasn’t turned too opaque
- Sun damaged sails will have small fingernail-like/crescent moon-like markings on the monofilm.
- Battens can sometimes poke through the luff (front edge) of the sail.
- If, when you unwrap the sail, it sounds like a crisp packet; then it is an older or well used sail.
- Make sure you know the luff-length and max-boom length so you can fit it on your current mast and boom or you know what sizes to get.
We hope you have found this useful and please do give us a call with any questions. If you’ve found some gear and want to know if it is worth buying, send us a picture and description or the trademe link and we’ll give you our impression. Chat soon!