Trouble deciding on which fins to use (standard, ST, or Turbo)? I like the speed of the turbos and am in decent shape (so I'm not overly concerned about the extra effort required to pedal the turbos). My bigger concern is that I'll be fishing in shallow, inshore, tidal waters, with oyster beds and the like and am not sure which fins are best for this sort of environment?
The one saving grace for standard fins is that they are the most durable so if you plan to be scraping along the oyster beds they'll hold up the best. But it will cost you speed and efficiency everywhere else. Turbos offer no disadvantage in terms of shallow operating environment compared with the other fins.
You can "flutter" the fins by operating them horizontally against the boat where the extra 2" fin length becomes horizontal rather than vertical.
You do this by operating in a narrow range with one pedal forward and one back. It takes a little practice but you can move along easily at 1 to 2 MPH at less than rudder depth.
As you can see here, you can operate with Turbos in less than a foot of water and within some pretty tiny spaces
If worse comes to worse, you can pull the Drive and paddle over the bars! For your offshore use, Turbos offer quite an advantage in open water, providing better acceleration, range and cruising speed.
I agree with the others -- save your money with the '09 and you'll have change for some extra accessories!