Originally Posted by Sailboarder
From the website, it was done in order to keep costs in check.
Special note on 2012 Futura construction: Especially for the 2012 Futura models, Starboard's Carbon, Wood and Technora technologies have been merged into two technology options : Carbon and Wood. The Carbon Futura is the lightest and stiffest option. The new Wood Futura constuction is a hybrid between last year's Wood and Technora, to offer a blend of high rigidity, high comfort and importantly even more value.
Hope the last bit means cheaper?
10% heavier, 10% price drop. That would be nice.