Your featured videos above concerning the Serenity were, at least my opinion, very enticing on the extreme lightwind performance front, especially the first video, as it offered better lighting for a strong visual statement. However, based on my recollection, it was 2nd video that showed the sailor (and I was assuming that was you) moving all about, while others were seriously dogging it.
I'm more encouraged than ever that I ordered a Serenity, because a very light wind focus was my target. Although the biggest anticipated sail I expect to use is an 8.3, I can say my wind target are more in the 6-10 knot range. Also, I will using a much shorter length raked weed fin. Nevertheless, I'm intrigued and focused on the possibilities with this light wind concept approach. I think I've mentioned it here before that I have some great planning type gear, but this is a new adventure for me that opens the classic "original windsurfing" idea that one can have fun in almost no wind.
Based on videos that I've seen, I'm very optimistic. Yet, I was wondering about your thoughts concerning the differences between the "Wood" and "Sportech" versions. I ordered the latter version because my horizon line is expected to be long term, and I think that the repair strategies might work to my advantages, even though resale values aren't really a factor here.
My experiences with board weight aren't always what the market says. To be honest, I play both side of the street on the weight issue depending on the board concept. Really, good design is the heart of the issue in my mind, and that's how I've organized my board quiver. Actually, one might view my choices as humorous, and they may seem very contrary in approach, especially in view of the designer/builders involved, but I'm of a mind to find the style and character of the product as a paramount focus point.
Overall, nobody is offering anything like the Serenity. Now that's innovative! While some might argue that older Division 2 boards might be better across bigger wind and condition scenarios, the "plug and play" nature of the Serenity wins out for me in the extremely light wind performance arena. I'm not competing here, and I have many boards (6 in the van right now), so I'm not going to be responsible for harnessing the board across a broad wind range.
I really like the specialist idea. Need I say, how many sports are this friendly to the idea of diversity at such an accessible price? You can't do that having a Ferrari, Mercedes and your favorite 4 wheel drive without spending a literal fortune.
That's why windsurfing can be so trick.
Last edited by steveC; 14th February 2008 at 08:23 AM.