news updatecompanycompanyproductstechnologyteamtest resultsforumhome
distributionsponsorshipkidswomenhomecontact ussite map
  Help


Starboard Start
Wind magazine - Special Test issue MARCH 2002



Presentation
Starboard started three years ago the trend for compact entry-level boards with the GO board, a board that some wanted to bury a little too hastily (it has now become a complete family with three distinct volumes)! This year, the big Start has seen some improvements with rails rounded and chamfered-in to increase comfort and manoeuvrability, and now comes with a small instructional booklet to 'learn in 60 minutes'!

Equipment
There's a very good instructional booklet, concise and accurate, to start with some good advice (even it was for just the assembly, it is very useful for the absolute beginner). The tail fin is compact, straight, quite deep (40cm) with a deep-tuttle fin-box. There's a central fin, which is more swept than deep (also supplied is a centre fin box closer). Also top is the little Neoprene protection tabs to cover the fin-bolt heads on the deck. Complete EVA soft-deck of course, grooved on the sides to prevent slipping. Inserts are multiple for all levels. The carry-handle behind the mast track is very practical!

Sailing
Ultra stable and accessible, the board presents a more sporty feeling right away than the RRD, thanks to its excellent weight/volume ratio, and a fin that is deeper and more stable under the back foot. Very large on the front, it allows for tacking for the uneasiest of people and can even allow for transportation of another person! If we can go planning with the centre fin in, like the other two (Exocet and RRD), you can forget about jibing it with it at high speed: it goes straight on without much reaction to carves. However, without the centre fin we are surprised by the manoeuvrability, the jibing engages without any problems and carve is stable, fast, and with a good exit. The good positive point about it is the great range of the fin, that allows one to sail quite far with it, without being annoyed by spinouts - even with sails up to 9m2! By giving it a real race blade, this Starboard Start is far from ridiculous… being both fast and capable of good pointing, but still with the comfort.

Conclusion
A true board for beginners, with an intelligent shape, very well equipped and finished to perfection. It only misses the transportation-wheel to be imperial!


Accessibility/Easy of use
STARBOARD START
0 1 2 3 4 5 6
BIC TECHNO 205 LARGE
0 1 2 3 4 5 6
EXOCET CRUISER
0 1 2 3 4 5 6
RRD EASYRIDER L
0 1 2 3 4 5 6


Non planing conditions
STARBOARD START
0 1 2 3 4 5 6
BIC TECHNO 205 LARGE
0 1 2 3 4 5 6
EXOCET CRUISER
0 1 2 3 4 5 6
RRD EASYRIDER L
0 1 2 3 4 5 6


Planing conditions
STARBOARD START
0 1 2 3 4 5 6
BIC TECHNO 205 LARGE
0 1 2 3 4 5 6
EXOCET CRUISER
0 1 2 3 4 5 6
RRD EASYRIDER L
0 1 2 3 4 5 6


Maneuverability and jibing
STARBOARD START
0 1 2 3 4 5 6
BIC TECHNO 205 LARGE
0 1 2 3 4 5 6
EXOCET CRUISER
0 1 2 3 4 5 6
RRD EASYRIDER L
0 1 2 3 4 5 6





: news update :: test results :: company :: technology :: products :: forum :: team :
: distribution :: sponsorship :: kids :: women :: contact us :: site map :: home :