2020 nelo surfskis

2 months 2 days ago #37374 by M.v.E.
Replied by M.v.E. on topic 2020 nelo surfskis
Since my last post regarding the new Nelo 550 I had only one opportunity to paddle the ski on the ocean in Downwind conditions. The waves were quite small and I was able to get on the waves with little effort. Due to the superb manouverability of the ski it was easy to link the waves. In this respect the 550 performs better than my previous skis.   
I have to add that I am by no means an expert downwind paddler. So far I have paddled approx. 1000 kilometers with the 550 on a small inland lake trying to chase boat wakes which can also be quite exciting sometimes! The waves here are pretty small but the water can get very choppy due to heavy boat traffic. Nevertheless the boat feels very stable and I haven´t fallen in until now. A few things I don´t like: 1. There is not much room for my size 12 feet. Barefoot in the summer season it´s not a problem but with Neopren boots on it will be really tight. 2. There is no bottle holder and also no room to put a drinking bottle where you can reach it. 3. The leaking DeBrito Bailer! I know we had this issue before on the forum and its not a particular Nelo problem. Apart from these minor issues I am very happy with the overall performance of the ski.
   
   

Current Ski: Nelo 550 L
Previous Skis: Stellar SR 1. Gen. / Stellar SEI 1. Gen. / Stellar SR 2. Gen.

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2 months 2 days ago #37375 by ccchappell
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Hi MVE,
Cool on your 550 experience!   I also have size 12 feet and have been using scuba diving neoprene socks of different thickness (2 and 5mm) for my Nelo and other tight footwell boats.    Find the soft soles let my feet fit fine
H2ODYSSEY Ultra Sock Fin Bootie 

And when real cold, these are super comfortable:
Ripcurl Flashbomb 7mm Round Toe Booties 

Chris

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2 months 1 day ago #37383 by M.v.E.
Replied by M.v.E. on topic 2020 nelo surfskis
Thanks Chris,
I just ordered the more flexible Neopren Footstrap from my Nelo Dealer. There should be more room for my feet with that strap. In the wintertime I mostly wear my Typhoon Drysuit with attached Latex-socks.

Current Ski: Nelo 550 L
Previous Skis: Stellar SR 1. Gen. / Stellar SEI 1. Gen. / Stellar SR 2. Gen.

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2 months 1 day ago #37384 by agooding2
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I replace the leaking gasket at the beginning of the summer with a piece of neoprene and have not had any further issues with leaks.  There was a template posted in the earlier discussion.  Took less than 5 minutes to change it.

Nelo 550L, Think Fit, Nelo Viper 55

Braca XI 705 EL blade, 17K shaft
Braca XI 675 marathon blade, 19K shaft
Braca IV 670 soft blade, 19K shaft

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2 months 1 day ago #37395 by M.v.E.
Replied by M.v.E. on topic 2020 nelo surfskis
I did the same with my gasket and used the template to cut a piece of neoprene but the result wasn´t any better.
I am considering to use a piece of closed cell foam instead. Here it´s available under the name Evazote. 

Current Ski: Nelo 550 L
Previous Skis: Stellar SR 1. Gen. / Stellar SEI 1. Gen. / Stellar SR 2. Gen.

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2 months 7 hours ago - 2 months 7 hours ago #37402 by Impala
Replied by Impala on topic 2020 nelo surfskis
Echappell: " For me....basically same top speed as previous 560 but much more stable."

The previous Nelo 560 (I do not speak of the very first model, but the one that came out when Oscar joined) had a pretty bad speed-stability ratio. I experienced it myself as a short-time owner of the boat, and I was so struck by this mismatch that I went to roughly reproduce the hull's features in a kayak design software. The results for drag and stability absolutely confirmed my butt feeling. No clue how the new one looks like ... is it more rounded, with more stability elements above the waterline? 

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2 weeks 1 day ago #37632 by Jerryd
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Very little testing or reviews of the new Nelo’s ? 

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2 weeks 1 day ago #37633 by mickeyA
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Which Nelo model is classified as low intermediate, with comparable stability (and speed) to XT S/V10Sport/six/SR?  520 or 540? What about next level up, SF S/V10/evo/SEI?  540 or 550?  If 520 falls below XT, etc, would it be comparable to bluefin/V8? I assume prior and current models stay in same stability category, though improvements may have been made?  Nelo skis are so short I cannot get an obvious stability comparison by stats alone.  Thanks

KR McGregor Rhythm, V12, V10Sport, Swordfish S, Fenn Tarpon S, Fenn XT, Twogood Chalupski, Findeisen Stinger spec. Had: Stellar SE, Huki S1-X, Burton wedge2, Fenn Tarpon

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1 week 6 days ago #37658 by Atlas
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Haven't paddled the 2020 Nelo skis but in my opinion having paddled it extensively the 520 is their low intermediate ski. The stats have lead many people (who haven't paddled it) to classify it as a beginner ski. Although a beginner can certainly manage it in calm to moderate conditions; it is not as stable as the Bluefin which I have paddled very extensively and still use for the occasional gale force downwinder.

Current skis:
Epic V10L Ultra & Club, Carbonology Sport Boost LV, Fenn Bluefin, Nelo 510, Fenn XT double

Previous skis
Spirit PRS, Fenn Swordfish, Fenn XT, Fenn Swordfish S, Think Zen

Most with DK rudders.

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