FinSciences thruster set of three 5.7-inch fins is for bigger boards, bigger surfers, boards needing more power to turn, and those who just want more hold.
For those wanting a thruster set, we generally recommend starting smaller–like with our set of three 4.8-inch fins, or our thruster set of two 4.8-inch fins and one 5.7-inch fin. Those sets will drop your area a bit from typical thruster sets, and increase your speed and maneuverability. But for bigger boards and those who want or need more power, these’ll do nicely.
Compared to more typical fins, this set of three FinSciences 5.7 inch fins has about the same area of a set of three 4.25 inch fins, which generally have an area of about 43.5 square inches. But they’ll have more hold, drive and power by virtue of their design features.
As described elsewhere on our site, FinSciences’ key design concept is that we chop off about 20 to 30 percent of a typical fin’s inefficient area, then reposition about 5 percent, adding it back on as winglets. We do a couple other things to make out fins more efficient also. The end result is that our fins are smaller than other fins, yet the produce similar hold and drive–i.e. lift–but with less drag. Read more about hold, drive, lift and drag.
Every square inch of fin you have in the water creates friction–it’s skin-friction drag. So if you have less fin area, you’ll have less drag, quicker acceleration, easier paddling, and longer surf sessions before your arms tire.
- Area: 13.38 sq. inches in the fin, 1 sq. inch in the winglets = total area of 14.58 square inches–but behaves like it’s 30 percent larger, so you might need only two.
- Depth: 5.68 inches–tall, but thin, high-aspect ratio.
- Sweep/rake angle: 21.93 degrees
- Foil: double, i.e. symmetrical double-zero
- Semi-flex, or stiff
- Anti-cavitation trailing edge
- Color: glossy (semi-flex) or matte black (stiff)
- Fits FCS
Adapter available: If you want to fit this fin into a standard longboard fin box, try this link.
Shipping is approximately $10-12 in domestic U.S. and internationally, about $18-$42, depending on number of fins purchased and on shipping options. Three of these weigh in at less than 13 ounces, so I can ship them via First Class (US about $4, international about $16), instead of Priority Mail (US about $7, international about $40). If your cart shipping charges vary from these amounts significantly, contact us with your desired order and your exact shipping address, we’ll recalculate the charges for the cheapest rate available, and send you an invoice via PayPal. If you live in New Zealand, check http://www.nzpost.co.nz/tools/youshop to see whether you can use it as a shipping intermediary, in which event it gives you a US address for shipping.
Sizing of FSI Fins Compared to Typical Fins
Our fins have a lot of power. They generate a lot of hold and drive for their small size. [highlight]Winglets and other features we use make fins about 20 to 30 percent more efficient than larger, older styles,[/highlight] so you need to downsize by about 20 to 30 percent as compared to the fin or set of fins you typically use.
FSI fins produce more lift than their size suggests–this is the key concept of FSI fins. The smaller area still gets good hold–and the smaller area means less drag, more speed, acceleration, easier paddling, and longer surf sessions.
Example: If you typically surf a set of mediums in a thruster setup, fins that are usually about 14.5 sq. inches each, you are surfing 43.5 sq. inches of fin. Try our smalls. Our new small is 10.14 sq. inches, and a set of three is 30.42 square inches, a 30 percent reduction in fin surface area, and a 30 percent reduction in skin-friction drag.
Another example: If your longboard or SUP board has a center fin and two sidebites, calculate the area, then try downsizing–try pulling off the sidebites and going with a single Wavegrinder or Wavegrinder 2 longboard-SUP fin. You will dramatically decrease the area, yet still get good hold and drive because of the winglets and other features of our fins.
FSI Fins, Areas in Sets
Because FSI’s current fins are symmetric, you can either get a set of the same fins, or mix smaller and larger fins to get the ride you want.
|Fin type||FSI size||Area, each||Area, set of 2||Area, set of 3||Area, set of 4|
|Shortboard fin||Small||10.14 sq. in.||20.28 sq. in.||30.42 sq. in.||40.56 sq. in.|
|Shortboard fin||Large||14.58 sq. in.||29.16 sq. in.||43.74 sq. in.||58.32 sq. in.|
|Longboard-SUP fin (Available July 2014)||Wavegrinder 2||30.60 sq. in.||61.20 sq. in.|