yourself at this moment in time.
> Which came first the chicken or the egg? Actually, I think the boards
> changed to fit better with the loose leech technology in sails. The
> luff sleeves also became tighter so mast diameters shrank, didn't they?
> I think, though, that the mast tracks were brought back in the early
> 90's I used to own a glass board from the late 80's. When I compared
> it to three boards I have from around '93-'96, the track was seriously
> set forward. However, the back position on the old board did line up
> with the forward on the early '90's boards as I remember. Since long
> adjustable mast tracks were introduced and popular in that era, they
> could accomodate both old and new sails. You may want to find out when
> the first loose leech was developed and who was responsible. This
> innovation was slow to be adapted by all sailmakers so there's an
> overlap in dates. The mini-batten didn't become common until after the
> loose leech had been in regular use. It's rather easy to pick out the
> mini-battens to identify a sail cut for a lot of downhaul. However,
> you can't put a lot of downhaul in many sails that don't have the
> mini's and optain a loose leech. Some you can. I met a guy one the
> beach once who had been sold a downhaul crank so that he could loosen a
> leech on sails that didn't have the feature as part of their design.
> > Hi Peter,
> > I'm not positive, but my educated guess would be right around
> > 1998-1999.
> > That's when the first shorter, but wider at the back, race slalom
> > boards arrived (Starboard W75 flapper board was a good example but
> > there were some other custom race boards that Ken Winner and Eric
> > Voight designed) .
> > Around 1999-2000 the width started moving back on a lot of production
> > boards, but I'm not sure that Starboard was first to do this.
> > Previously (around 1992-1995) we had the "no nose" era and the mast
> > slots seemed to move a little to the back, but not as far as the modern
> > 2000 and later boards.
> > Mast slot position moved back more quickly with the introduction of the
> > Starboard Formula 155 (1999-2000) as the width and volume suddenly was
> > well behind the mast foot.
> > As mast track position in boards changed sails began to change as well
> > to suit the newer design boards.
> > What board do you have, and what are you thinking of replacing it with?
> > Starboard was amoung the first to introduce shorter wider at the back
> > slalom boards (the early Carve boards) so they were probably amoung the
> > first to really embrace the width back, new rockerline concepts that
> > make the shorter slalom boards work.
> > Hope this helps,
> > > What year did the manufacturers start moving back the mast track. Was
> > > Starboard the first?