> I fall into to the heavy weight category (approx 235 lbs). I'm looking
> for a good early planing board. I'm trying to decide between the
> Starboard Go and the Formula 155. Does the "sportier" shape and the
> extra width of the Formula make up for difference in volume between the
> boards for early planing?
I'm not a heavy weight, like you, but I have a friend who is and he
just raves about how much earlier the Formula 155 planes (and how
much better is stays on plane in lulls) than his Wood deck Race GO
from last year.
He sailed his first races on the Formula 155 at the Midwinters and took
home a 3rd place trophy in his weight age group first time out on the
Formula. Another sailor (a lady) also took a 3rd in her first race
series on a Formula 155. I didn't have a good weekend, but it had
to do with the Formula 155.
One parameter you didn't mention is the weight of the board. The Formula
is much lighter than even the Race version of the GO.
The difference in volume should not be too noticeable unless you sail
somewhere where the wind dies to nothing frequently.
The extra width (2 cm), better rockerline, larger fin, and of course the
"sportier shape" of the Formula all combine to make it earlier planing,
faster on the top end, and overall nicer to sail.
> Also if anyone could comment on the difference between the wood and DRAM
> construction in the Formula I would appreciate it. I'd like to know what
> makes the wood version worth $500 CDN more than the DRAM.
The Wood construction is both stronger and lighter than the DRAM.
That information is available on the Starboard website:
If you want the exact percentages, send me an email and I will
pull the information out a a catalogue I have.
Go for the Wood Formula 155. I do not think you will regret it at