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dogwatch
13th September 2006, 10:31 PM
Hi Roger,
- any idea why the Hybrid Carve was discontinued after one year?
thanks,
fitz

Roger
15th September 2006, 07:40 PM
Hi Fitz,
No, I do not have any idea.
There are some new boards like the Phantom that are similar in concept, but not (in my opinion) the same.
I will ask the Starboard design team for a better answer, but my guess
is that it simply did not sell well.
There was some intesest here in the USA, but probably not enough to justify continuing with this concept and model.
Hope this helps,

Roger
17th September 2006, 09:01 AM
Hi Fitz,
I posed this question to Svein (the main man at Starboard) and got the following answer.
Since the weight of the Hybrid Carve (with the centerboard footstraps and everything) came in a bit on the heavy side, the board did not really plane up as early or as easily as originally hoped.
So, the board has been discontinued in favor of the new Phantom which is wider and longer, with a longer flatter rockerline that allows it to plane earlier than the Hybrid Carve, and also give better light wind (sub planing) performance due to the longer waterline length.
So, the concept was not really abandoned, (except for the duck tail "stepped hull" part of the concept) but rather replaced with a board that may be a bit better overall, but won't give the short board feel quite as well as the Hybrid Carve when fully powered up.
Hope this helps,

dogwatch
19th September 2006, 08:34 PM
Hi Roger,
Thanks for the info - and thanks for all of the help along the way.
Take Care,
fitz

Roger
1st October 2006, 11:09 PM
Hi Fitz,
If I get down into your area this fall, perhaps I can stop by and we can do some "comparison" testing with your Hybrid Carve vs the Phantom and see if we come up with the same results as the *Bd design guys did.
I haven't gotten to sail the Phantom yet, but it was fairly popular with the dealers at the "after the Trade Show" demo at Calema WS on the Banana River.
Hope this helps,