The Rio M will suprise you when you get things sorted and want to go planing.
It's a much better "super size" shortboard (with the centerboard tucked away inside) than
most folks give ti credit for.
The 8.2 Hellcat will be good when you've developed your skills, but right at first, even with a 100% carbon
mast, it will be alot to uphaul (which you will be doing quite a bit of I'd guess.
Stick with something in the 6.5 m2 range on a lightweight 100% 460 mast and you will be able to sail significantly longer in your initial sessions.
Hope this helps,
P.S. I didn't see Ken's posting.
I agree with his analysis EXCEPT the 4.0-5.0 regular rig for your 7 year old.
Get a 2.5 or 3.3 Sailworks Retro Ripper rig for your little ones.
These are very light weight sails/rigs with plenty of power.
Nothing will discourage or turn your kids off to windsurfing faster than a rig that is too big
When they are teenagers and have grown, THEN maybe a 4.5-5.5 m2 regualr free ride rig.
Last edited by Roger; 12th July 2011 at 10:44 PM.