>I am now seriously thinking of getting a Starboard Formula.
> My question is,what are the benefits of the wood construction
> vs the D-ram besides reduced weight?
Holds it's designed rocker shape much longer.
> Is the wood more resistant to structural failure (in areas such
> as the rails under the footstraps and finbox) and impact damage
from the mast or boom?
The combined laminate of Australian pine (WOOD) and Dyneema
(a high tech PE fiber produced in the Netherlands) is far
stronger, and the nose, under the footstraps, and the rails are
all wrapped with both wood and Dyneema.
The public have not been particularly kind to the Formula's
I have for the demo, and they still look like new, thanks to
the repair artistry for Donny and Ted at Fox Watersports in
Buxton, NC. But both of them have seemed fairly impressed at
the penetration resistance of the wood/Dyneema.
Hope this helps.
Haveyou checked the Starboard website to see the strength
figures for this construction?
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