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StarBoard Carve 111 (2002)
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Carve 111 2002 (wood version)
From Chris Campbell on 2/01/02
Atlanta; member of Atlanta Boardsailing Club; expert level lake/bay sailor
Contact at chriscampbell227@hotmail.com

Pros:
I have sailed this board 5 or 6 times and I LOVE THIS BOARD. I use this board with 7.0, 6.2, 5.8 freestyle sails as my light to moderate wind cruising board. There is no doubt that the shorter, wider freestyle boards have a much livelier ride than the longer freed-ride boards from 4-5 years ago. Even though the board has 111 liters of volume, it is a lot of fun to jump. It feels very controllable in the air (due to short length), and it jumps big off of small chop (due to its width, light weight and good speed). I have been sailing for almost 10 years, and I thought my jibes were pretty dialed in. This board has taken me to a new level though. My jibes are smoother, faster and I exit with more even speed. This is the sweetest jibing board I have ever been on! Although I have yet to sail it in the ocean, I bet it would be a blast in small waves and light winds. The board does work great in flukey lake wind. There is enough volume to completely float anyone under 185lbs if the wind completely dies, but is controllable in about 5.3 winds if the chop and swell aren't too big. I liked this board so much I bought my wife a Carve 99 for her birthday!

Cons:
This board may be a little small for the first time short boarder. Also, the shorter length does tend to make it want round up wind in sub-planing conditions. My guess though, that an athletic first time shorter boarder under 170lbs could make it work.


Starboard START
From William Fragakis (5/31/01)
Atlanta; web guru of Atlanta Boardsailing Club; veteran windsurfer w/ family
Contact at william@fragakis.com

"The problem is the Start has been such a good board for us that I couldn't figure out where to put a Go in the quiver. I don't know if you saw my post on the message board but I got a teenager up on it in 15 minutes and he never got wet above the knees. I can't wait to sail it with a "real" fin.'

I asked William about durability concerns with the START vs. the Hifly indestructable poly boards:

"I've had no problems with the Start but then again, I've been around epoxy boards for a while so I may be more careful than other folks (heck, I even owned an Equipe II xr). Simon can stay upwind with the Start and a cutdown 32ish cm fin and when he was sailing on my 42 cm Curtis fin in Florida, he was going way upwind (it was blowing pretty hard that day).
I think the Hiflys make more sense for the casual user. Much like comparing the hifly kids rig with the hot. You and I know what we're dealing with in using the Go or Start, but others further down the curve may not and just want something that can wash up on the beach, no harm done [as with the HiFly's]. I'm waiting to go to FL and let Simon get on one of my shortboards in 12-15 and see what happens. Boy, it'd be fun to sail and only weigh 50 lbs."

Fanatic's X-Ray 150 board

From Johnathan Pellet...06/06/02

Augusta, Ga; young doctor, 185 lbs approx. Intermediate. (Wanted good board for laek sailing and also suitable for ocean beach front sailing.)

Contact at: jpellett@mail.mcg.edu

"I'm very happy with the equipment. It fit's easily in the center aisle of my mini-van, so I just leave it in the vehicle. I've been out 3 times at the lake and once at Station 29 at high tide [Sullivan's Island popular windsurfing hotspot near Charleston]. Despite the broad nose, low rocker, and wide width, I was able to drag my rig through the waist high shorebreak and maneuver through the swells without a problem. When the wind droped, I rigged the 8.0 and continued to have fun after everyone else went in. Staying upwind was easy. I'm starting to learn the tricks of light-wind planing at the lake. I can go out after work and have fun if the Washington wind indicator is anywhere near 10 mph. I will eventually get an even bigger sail. The review at Boards Magazine commented that the X-Ray 150 can handle a 9.5 with no problem."

F2's PHOENIX 320 board
From Kelli Baxendale… 01/04/02
Atlanta; member ABC; advanced beginner/intermediate windsurfer
Contact at : baxendalephoto@mindspring.com

" I sailed my F2 a couple of days ago. It is an awesome board. It picks up and planes really quickly with hardly any wind and feels really solid and stable in higher winds, but is much more responsive than the superlight. It is a really good all around board, I am loving every minute on it. It turns really easily like a short board, but still has the stability I like. I like that it feels very responsive and fast without feeling unstable, it's a great transition board, but one I can see myself sailing for a long time. "

 

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Customer service (from Whitecap and North Sports)
From Bart Liebmann on 10/30/01
Charleston, SC; advanced windsurfer; devoted wind snob
Contact at bliebman@bellsouth.net

'I would like to thank Matthew Modica, Jim Warrington, Molly at North Sports, and especially Chuck Hardin of Whitecap Windsurfing for helping me out last week. As those of you who sailed last Friday (and got to see my new Fanatic Bee 144) know the folks at Fanatic/North Sports were extremely nice to me and replaced my old board with a new one due to a warrantee issue. The new board from Fanatic had a different style fin box in it so my old fin would not work and my old footstraps were still in Dave Stangers possession sort of (He was originally going to try and repair the board) As Standard Policy Fanatic does not replace the accessories since they do not need to be replaced but in my case that left me without a working board - the wrong style fin and no footstraps. My email message for a fin to the boardsailing group netted a loaner fin from Jim Warrington and Mathew was nice enough to set me up with some F2 footstraps I called Chuck hoping to try and round up the proper parts for the new board since Jim was going to need his fin back soon but instead of selling me 4 new footstraps and a new fin Chuck made a call to Fanatic/North Sports for me even though I did not purchase the board from Whitecap Windsurfing. The next thing you know there was a Fed-Ex box from North Sports at my door with the stock Maui Fin Co fin, 4 Fanatic Quick Lock footstraps, and the coveted fin screw all in a very nice fin bag. I have always enjoyed dealing with Chuck since he is just as big of a wind fanatic as the rest of us but this goes to show us that Chuck's main focus is looking out for his customers. My last 3 purchases ( North 5.0 Voodoo Sail, Fin, and Dry Suit) have all been from Whitecap Windsurfing and I can guarantee you that when I go to replace my old sails, masts, and booms or purchase a new board I will be giving Chuck a call and he will in turn be giving North Sports ( Fanatic, North, F2, and Mistral) a call. Thanks Everyone for helping a fellow Windsurfer get back on the water."

Dry suit - Neil Pryde's woman's "Jenna" series 3000 5/4/3 (' 01)

From Elizabeth Campbell on 9/16/01
Atlanta; member of Atlanta Boardsailing Club; expert level shred-betty
Contact at cetalley@mindspring.com

"I am very pleased with my drysuit...and that alone says a lot (because I am very picky about my comfort)!! First of all, it is the most comfortable drysuit/wetsuit that I have ever owned--obviously it was designed by someone with a woman's body structure in mind. I am 5' 7" with a smallish-medium frame, weighing in at 125 lbs, so I went with 40 L. For the record, my measurements are 34/26/36. The material stretches and flexes in all the right places. And on a frivolous note, it is nice not to be mistaken for a long-haired guy this go around!

I get water in it (a miniscule amount) only during the combination of two conditions--total submersion and a hard impact with water (a.k.a. a bust). Yes, there is that cool chill that makes its way down the back, but the intruding water soon transforms into thin warm insulation. What I wear with the dry suit, of course, is inversely proportional to the air/wind chill and the water temperature. When the air temperature is upper 40's (and the wind should be howling to coax me into that environment--plus sunshine) and the water temp is around 50ish, I wear the full gamut--socks, booties, open-palmed gloves, hood, and an inexpensive fleece short-sleeve undershirt. And I do not get cold. And I am cold-natured. Last day that we had like that, I was out there longer than all of the guys.
I am not exaggerating here--believe me, if I was not pleased with the suit, Chuck would know!"

 

 
 
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