Where I live on the Cen-Cal coast it's really consistently on shore this time of year. But I may do an early AM short down coast run soon if the swell drops as expected.
First time in the water was Sat and I only did 2 mile checkout in 20 to 25 knot winds, the way back was a real grind but it would have been on any board. I did a 4 mile work out Sunday and It's around 20% faster then my stock sized Starboard SUPer. Not really fast fast but definitely touring fast like say a Bark Expedition fast. This was on an estuary. My initial impressions are less initial stability but more than adequate secondary stability compared to the all rounder style Starboard. It takes a bit to get used to the roll but in reality it's really stable in side chop.
Andy, I have to say reading your board build and seeing the pics a few months back were really impressive and inspiring. I wish I had the woodworking skill to make a board like yours. In regards to the fin box I agree the twin skeg seemed pretty sketchy so I glassed a minimally dense redwood 2x4 mitered to receive the finbox onto the interior bottom and epoxied between bulkheads. I think it's built pretty bomber. The fin for the time being is a RFC 10" bamboo race weed as the kelp is really heavy this year.
Sorry for the thread jack.