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5th September 2011 08:33 AM
Roger Hi jpon2
Yes. the beach boys at the Windsurfing Place in Bonaire are truly amazing.
I think that's Caesar Finies.... he's very good, but there's another beachboy that's even
more amazing.
You have to realize that the water where he's doing these tricks is < 12" deep,
to the fins both touch the bottom some of the time.
I looked at your photo.
You can use the OEM center fin if you like, but it will slow your progress.
Also, you need to move the footstraps back on the board, or take them
off until you are ready to start planing.
The board will pretty much resist planing off easily if you are as far
forward as you have the footstraps (in the "trainer" positions as far forward
as possible).
You need to be further back on the board to elevate the front of the planing
surfaces before your Start will plane easily.
Also, the all the way forward footstrap position is in my opinion somewhat
If you drop the rig, and your foot is in the footstrap right next to the mast, you
may crush your foot inside the footstrap.
Using the same Start you have, in hundreds of lessons all over the USA, we never
allowed anyone on the board with the footstraps up forward... for liability reasons.
I disagree with Rod, I think your Start is indeed a 2002 built in late 2001.
The center fin Rod_r is suggesting (white in color) is not offset like yours.
The 2002/2003 Starts used variations of what you have.
They didn't work so we cut them off or better still, used the 41 cm Start
fin as the center fin and put a 38 cm True Ames Stubbie in the rear.
That gave the board much better maneuverability and solves some of
the issues using very small trainer sails.
5th September 2011 07:15 AM
jpon2 This guy seems to be doing OK with it http://youtu.be/rdkPwRWW91s You can even see the center fin at some point.
4th September 2011 03:18 PM
rod_r my money is on 2001. the centre fin shape is 2001 but it's black, not white
another way to tell...the 2001 was 13kg, the 2002 was 14 kg
3rd September 2011 03:28 PM
jpon2 The very tip of the stern is not visible in this pic and I don't have time to run to the storage where I keep it but it might be enough. Here is another picture showing the whole board
2nd September 2011 06:56 AM
Roger Hi jpon,
Hmmmm.... that would make it a 2002 board, manufactured @ Cobra on October 1st, 2000.
Does your board have a square stern or a more rounded stern.
The boards with the squared off stern cam out one year before the Starts with the rounder
I don't have my Starts here, but I will look at them this weekend.
I have one that's a 2001 model (I think) with the squared off stern, and one that's a 2002
model with the rounder stern, bit I need to check.
I may also be able to pull the shapes out of an old catalogue as well as the center fin config.
We will get to the bottom of this soon!
2nd September 2011 05:21 AM
jpon2 It's U100100169
1st September 2011 10:52 AM
Roger Hi jpon2,
I've notified the Starboard IT folks about the broken links on the archives.
As far as the center fin that you have, it was never a really sucessful design.
Not sure what year we had those (2001/2002/2003) but we never used them in the "A Taste of
Windsurfing" program as they made the Starts very hard to tack and jibe.
Better to find a shallow water similar to the one you have for the back of the board and put that in the
center fin slot as well.
Our best configuration was a 38 cm True Ames "Stubbie" in the rear fin slot and the std. 41 cm
Start rear fin in the center fin slot.
If you email me your hull's serial number I can probably trace the exact lineage of your board.
I only need the letters and numbers until you get to the "000's.
That will give us the year model and month/year it was prodiuced.
Email to:
1st September 2011 08:59 AM
jpon2 So which Start do I own according to the fins that came with it http://screencast.com/t/FuQ1xZe6Xicn or the hull number. The seller told me it was 2002 but on the Starboard website seems like the center fin has a different shape
16th May 2011 11:58 PM
Del Carpenter There were two Start models in 2003, a Start Small 255 cm long 180 ltrs 100 cm wide, and a Start Large 265 cm long 210 ltrs 110 cm wide (details taken from 2003 catalog).

The 2001 Start had a thick, white, half-moon, short Tuttle box centerboard (I have the 2001). The next "centerboard" change was to a thinner, black, deep Tuttle box centerboard with about the same depth but was longer front to back, extended further toward the stern. I think that change occurred in 2002. The 2003 Start had a 22 cm oblong, deep Tuttle centerboard. The next "centerboard" change was use of the "clipperbox" retractable daggerboard. I think that change occurred in 2004, but that is only a guess.
16th May 2011 09:52 AM
rod_r 100 x 280 are the dimensions of the 2001 / 2002 model.
2001 had a diamond tail, 2002 similar but slightly rounder.
2003 was the first compact model and was only 255 long

IMO, the 2001 was the best, 2002 next, 2003 last


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