OK thanks for clearing that up for me. I have a 2002 start board. It does have an EVA top and hex head screws. So the safety washers are needed. I will be using the stock 40cm fin that came with the board to learn on. I also have a 70cm drake racing fin I hope to use when I move up to bigger sails.
I am dealing with Alan at Mariner Sails. Hope to make to their swap meet sometime.