Hi Bolter, I just got the turbo fins and they make a noticeable difference especially in torque power. I also notice that when the wind picks up providing propulsion beyond the speed of what the fins can provide it is best to pull them out and put in the plug to reduce drag. However, the majority of the time I needed to peddle to assist the sailing when I have a full load. I did a 20 mile run yesterday with a full load (of what I will take to Catalina) down the coast and it is a wet trip as one is sitting lower and buoyancy is reduced so can't lift over the smaller waves = getting wet, so you will definitely need about a 2-mm wet suite (probably a "farmer John" style), neoprene boots, and even gloves - It was all marine layer yesterday and though it was 73 deg. out by the end of 6 hours was pretty chilled so my gloves were on and all the kit. I also have a sun protection swim shirt and a Kayak splash jacket. I take with me a thermal top to wear under the splash jacket but have not got that cold yet! I think we need to be prepared that there will be allot of peddling to and from Catalina (the good news is that it is quite a leisurely paddle with the turbo fins).
I also have the Turbo Fins and I think they are a worth-while investment. My buddy has the regular fins and it seems he has to peddle twice as hard to keep up with me when I am just going 'cruising speed' with mine. I have tried that method of taking the fins out when out sailing, it does seem that I go a little quicker since there is no drag, not sure if its a mental thing but if the winds are good between Redando and Catalina, I'll probably take the fins out and just sail. Do you guys want to meetup sometime next week and discuss some of the logistics? How many people are coming? So far I just see Bolter, myself and Andrew?