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Old 10th February 2012, 03:59 PM   #1
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Default Starboard Go 2011/12 Shapes versus 2010

I hear lots of good things about the larger Go s. I'm looking for a larger light wind board 8-12kn that could also be fun for the family in the summer. I do want to be able to rig a big sail something like an 11m2 - my biggest is 9.0 at the moment.

I am wondering why the width/shape of the Starboard 171 2011/12 changed to smaller and longer causing a max sail de-rating from 11m2 to 10m2 from the 2010 model (91 to 85.5cm width).

Does anyone have experience on the 2011/12 Go with sails in the 10/11 range? Is the stated spec more of an "ideal" spec; i.e. can a larger sail be made to work? I am 210lb, so I can handle a larger sail.

My preference would be to go with a newer model, as I like the second fin box option if I want to teach anyone else to windsurf. But if there is a noticeable impact in maximum sail range, I may have to reconsider.

Any pointers would be appreciated. Thanks.
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Old 11th February 2012, 12:25 AM   #2
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personally do NOT have a GO
however ...
i am about the same weight and use a 10-oh
if winds are not steady enough, even the 10-0h can be awkward

the 85 cm has a tail or OFO that would suffice for a 10-oh, butt not 11-oh
as you correctly guessed
do you really wanna put $1500-$2000 worth of sail on a GO ??

can you GO over?
probably yes, butt again - BIG investment :-(

know people are not so excited about longboards any more, but i find the 10-oh works better on my Fanatic CAT than on my 160 liter/79 cm shortboard

personally NEVER anticipated ANYONE putting an 11-oh on a GO
butt then again, what the heck do i know ?? :-)

Formula ?? can the family play on that ??
joe windsurfer @ 105 kg
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Old 13th February 2012, 12:22 AM   #3
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Joe, you hit the nail on the head. That's exactly what I am wondering. Are people indeed putting big sails on a go and having any success with it? And is there a difference in the models?

For me performance is secondary, I just want a fun board for the summer days when the winds aren't super strong. I'm all set for the fall storms with a Mistral Screamer. Was considering a Formula Experience or large Futura, but as you said the play value wouldn't be there.

So still looking for any experience on a Go in the 10-11m range.
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