Formula Starboard 155

Formula Starboard 155

Post by Manuel Espina » Thu, 13 Jul 2000 04:00:00


Hello Group !!,

I would like comments about the Starboard Formula 155, low, medium to high
wind.  I'm interested in purchasing one, please send me all feedback on that
board.  I'm an experience sailor, I want to know if it's fast downwind and
controlable at medium winds (20 knots).

Thanks...

 
 
 

Formula Starboard 155

Post by Roger Jacks » Thu, 13 Jul 2000 04:00:00

Manuel:
Quote:
> I would like comments about the Starboard Formula 155, low, medium to
> high wind.  I'm interested in purchasing one, please send me all
> feedback on that board.  I'm an experience sailor, I want to know if
> it's fast downwind and controllable at medium winds (20 knots).

It's the earliest to plane "production" board on the planet at the
current time.
It's been dominating Formula Windsurfing (FW) races all over the world
since it's introduction.
So, in light wind, you will be faster than anyone else with similar
weight/skills unless they have a Formula also. The Formula 155 will
sail at 2X windspeed in as little as 7 knots of wind for me, (160#)
with a 10.7 Sailworks XT2.
In medium winds (12-18 knots) it's very fast with a 7.5-9.0 race sail
and excels upwind, often beating custom raceboards.
It's easier to sail in these conditions due to the bevels on the rails
which make the F155 jibe much better, and be far less susceptible to
"catching" rails.
It's very fast downwind, but for serious overpowered upwind downwind
racing I would suggest adding a centerline footstrap back over the
fin screws as close to the tail as possible.
It planes downwind earlier and faster than any other board I've ever
seen.
It's everything that the Starboard web site claims, and more.
Come to one of the Sailworks/Starboard Demo events and try one for your
self.

http://www.star-board.com/bd_fml.htm

The board's performance is nothing short of awesome, it's durability
has been very good (I have 3 F155's in demo service and other than
a few nose crunches which were easily repaired by Fox Watersports they
are holding up very well.
Hope this helps,
         Roger
--
sailquik US 7011
Sailworks/Starboard/System B/True
Ames/Chinook/Kokatat/Da Kine

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Formula Starboard 155

Post by DavRay » Thu, 20 Jul 2000 04:00:00

Quote:
>I would like comments about the Starboard Formula 155, low, medium to high
>wind.  I'm interested in purchasing one, please send me all feedback on that
>board.  I'm an experience sailor, I want to know if it's
>fast downwind and
>controlable at medium winds (20 knots).

Manuel,

Its a great board. Very explosive acceleration and a loose ride. It goes much
faster much earlier than anything I have ridden. Especially upwind and beam
reaching  The thin rails make it very easy to control. Over powered off the
wind isn't a problem.

I sail mine mostly with a 9.3  Z-1. It does like to be well powered.  Jibes
well. Better than me. Tacking requires quick feet and some technique. Not much
volume ahead of the mast. But then again, that explains why it feels lively and
not huge underfoot.

For 10 -20knots windspeed you can't go wrong with this board. In 10-15 I think
it is in a class by itself.

Dave

 
 
 

Formula Starboard 155

Post by Jim Raine » Fri, 21 Jul 2000 04:00:00

Quote:

> Hello Group !!,

> I would like comments about the Starboard Formula 155, low, medium to high
> wind.  I'm interested in purchasing one, please send me all feedback on that
> board.  I'm an experience sailor, I want to know if it's fast downwind and
> controlable at medium winds (20 knots).

> Thanks...

I have a related question:  How is the durability of the Starboard Formula 155?

I just ordered one, after deliberating hard between it and a Go.  Clearly the
Go would have been more durable but I went for the Formula's performance.

I've only had hard skinned epoxy boards thus far (Bics, fanatics, mistrals).
I know the Formula will be fragile in ding resistance compared to these, I just
don't know how much

Jim

--
Don't sweat the petty things and don't pet the sweaty things.
                                                      George Carlin

 
 
 

Formula Starboard 155

Post by DavRay » Fri, 21 Jul 2000 04:00:00

Good durability. NOT an egg shell. I put an extra long mast pad and a deviator
on mine.  No complaints here.
 
 
 

Formula Starboard 155

Post by sailqui » Sat, 22 Jul 2000 04:00:00

Hi Jim,

Quote:
> I have a related question:  How is the durability of the Starboard Formula 155?
> I just ordered one, after deliberating hard between it and a Go.
> Clearly the Go would have been more durable but I went for the Formula's > performance.

The GO is not a whole lot more durable than the Formula. The EVA deck
on the GO helps, but the sandwich construction, both Wood and Dram,
is reinforced with Dyneema fibers which have much better impact
resistance.

Quote:
> I've only had hard skinned epoxy boards thus far (Bics, fanatics,
> mistrals).
> I know the Formula will be fragile in ding resistance compared to these, > I just don't know how much.

I think you will be pleasantly surprised to find that the Formula 155 in
both constructions is very durable.  I have 3 of them in demo service,
and the folks sailing them in the demo's  have been just as ***
these boards as any other demo boards.
All 3 of the F155's I have are in the "wood/dyneema" construction, and
they  have had their share of nose hits and harness punches.
The folks at Fox Watersports have been repairing them and they have
not had to replace alot of foam etc. They have only had to fill in
the holes where the sandwich has been punctured with some glass,
and then repaint the damaged areas.
Hope this clears up the durability issue for you.
These boards are light, yes, but also very tough.
later, Roger