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manuel



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PostPosted: Sun Dec 29, 2019 4:32 pm    Post subject: Starboard black box, reactor, and Quatro mini Reply with quote

Where did those boards go? 1. In the used market and 2. Abandoned by manufacturers?
Any long term updates on these models? I was thinking the 2017 Reactor in 87 would be a sweet board for me in 15-22 knots, crappy side on conditions. But where to find one?

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PostPosted: Mon Dec 30, 2019 12:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think that the Reactor was the replacement for the Black Box . The BB remains the worst board I have even ridden, was designed/ developed By Danny Bruch, who has his own line now. I recall that it had a very narrow window of performance, think made only 1 year. Donít recall much about the Reactor, except at least 2 years.
The Quatro was widely regarded , it worked well in the UK conditions from many reviews.
Finding a board made but one or 2 years, and their is a reason for that, will be a task.
I would look for the Quatro .

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PostPosted: Sun Jan 12, 2020 9:41 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I believe the super mini is now the power wave
Excellent board I had the 103 loved it
Plans early was good in surf
Great in onshore

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PostPosted: Sun Jan 12, 2020 12:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I know guys who like the SM, both the starboard options only seem to be enjoyed by paid reviewers.

I've gone through the motions of looking for a smaller board for higher wind days where the waves aren't great/B&J and I've recently picked up a Simmer Quantum V3 which I quite like. Its definitely more easy than radical but its miles from a FSW and has a lot of fin tuning I have yet to explore.
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 12, 2020 1:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have the Quatro Super Mini 103 L. I think it is a fantastic board within its niche. That niche is cross onshore. I think it would be a fantastic Cabarette board.

I've ridden it in cross shore conditions and you need to be slightly underpowered in those conditions to make up for the large tail. In cross shore conditions it is better suited to mushy waves without a lot of power.

I also have the Goya One 116 L and have ridden the Goya One 106 L. The mini thruster turns much better on a wave than either of those 2 boards. I have not ridden the new Quatro Power FSW board, but if it is a Mini Thruster with a stretched out length then I think it would be perfect as the only thing I would change about the mini thruster is make it a little bit longer for comfortable slogging.
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 14, 2020 8:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The interesting thing is how would one compare a Starboard reactor in 87 with a kode wave 87 and super mini 86? I really like compact boards with a narrow tail but wider mid section. Basically a 15-25 knot board for mushy waves.

The kode wave is a great tool, limit is 2m side. It's 60.5cm wide, the new one is 58. It's more of a pivoter than a carver but works well for both front and back foot turns.

I definitely prefer front foot turns and usually sail near the side section of the reef. Not so fond of round sideon frontside riding even when big.

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PostPosted: Wed Jan 15, 2020 10:31 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Here's a 2nd hand Starboard Reactor

https://www.nbwindsurfing.com/shop/UsedDemo-Gear/p/Used-Starboard-Reactor-87-liter-x19303817.htm
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 16, 2020 2:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

2004 Quatro 85 L for $200 at Wind Power Windsurfing & Kiting in Fond du Lac WI. https://www.windpowerwindsurfing.com/shop/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=3_49&products_id=7023
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 16, 2020 5:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

DelCarpenter wrote:
2004 Quatro 85 L for $200 at Wind Power Windsurfing & Kiting in Fond du Lac WI. https://www.windpowerwindsurfing.com/shop/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=3_49&products_id=7023


That board in Wisconsin,
Is
A . A board
b . A Quatro
C. Size works
Nothing else is what the original poster wants, oh, yes $200 be nice

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PostPosted: Thu Jan 16, 2020 7:15 pm    Post subject: Quatro super mini,s Reply with quote

Had the 103 and 78 great boards.incredble planing power in a compact package.super finish sail bigger than numbers say.great lakes all conditions boards. Exclamation
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