RE: Starboard Appollo/Formula Windsurfing
I'm encouraged that you're one of those sailors that keeps boards for a number of years. It's a good thing to get your money's worth. I'm one that likes to get 5-7 years out a board if they can hold up. I've got a 7 year old slalom board that I will be replacing for 2007. It's still very fast and viable (at 11.5 lbs.), but its getting soft in a couple places on the deck.
Anyway, regarding the Apollo, there's always the opportunity to leverage off the used market when the 2008 models come out next August and cut your entry cost greatly. By then, there's a good chance that the value of the design will be proven enough to warrant serious consideration, if not for racing, maybe just for fun and more time on water planing.