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evert.kjellgren



Joined: 05 Aug 2014
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 05, 2014 3:39 pm    Post subject: Looking for first buy, new vs used Reply with quote

Hi gyus!
I went to a ws course with UCPA 10 years ago, and thought it was amazingly fun.
For some reason I never continued back home (live my a lake), but now I feel like it's time to buy my own board.
However, its hard to compare new and old stuff, not knowing the technical terms and so on.
So I would think that Im interested in the following Starboard boards:
GO 131
Ultrasonic 147
Futura 131
AtomiQ 110
Carve 131

I'm also offered a Fanatic Bee 144 for roughly 100, which is about 10 times cheaper than buying some of the above boards in new condition.

What are your thoughts?

I really want a board to develop on, but it should be useful and fun in this lake where I live.

/Evert
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gvogelsang



Joined: 09 Nov 1988
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 05, 2014 3:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi Evert,

Here are some questions:

How much do you weigh?

Are you active in other sports?

What type of wind speeds are you likely to windsurf in?

What sails will you purchase?


I am sure that you will find some great advice here.
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evert.kjellgren



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PostPosted: Tue Aug 05, 2014 4:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sorry, I should have thought of that!
I'm 65-70kg, pretty active and in good shape, i do cycling, orienteering and skiing.
I will mostly use the not so big lake were I live, so I guess the winds are not that great.
Will need a sail that will fit to that.
Maybe I'll take the board with me to the sea some times, so perhaps I need two setups of sails?

/Evert
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zirtaeb



Joined: 03 Jul 2009
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 05, 2014 4:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

All those boards are great, if you have the skill level to use them.
WHAT lake, where? Your weight, your skill level, and what winds, of course.
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rigitrite



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PostPosted: Tue Aug 05, 2014 4:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

USED! No question; vastly cheaper for the same thing. Once you get alot better, you can make a much better decision on how to better allocate your funds so that they go further.
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evert.kjellgren



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PostPosted: Tue Aug 05, 2014 4:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

rigitrite wrote:
USED! No question; vastly cheaper for the same thing. Once you get alot better, you can make a much better decision on how to better allocate your funds so that they go further.


So you think the Fanatic Bee 144 would be(e) a valid option?
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d0uglass



Joined: 28 May 2004
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Location: Bonita Springs, Florida

PostPosted: Tue Aug 05, 2014 5:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Evert- All the boards you are proposing are shortboards, which have no daggerboard and which have very low flotation compared to a longboard. I would not buy any of them unless you meet both of these criteria:

1. You have experience sailing a shortboard, which includes going fast (planing) while using the harness and footstraps.
2. Your lake frequently has the strong, steady winds (>15 mph) required for a shortboard to work properly.

My guess is that you're missing at least one of those criteria, and that you would therefore be better of with a longboard, which is a big board that has a daggerboard and about 200 liters volume for flotation.

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AndreiA



Joined: 14 Apr 2013
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 05, 2014 6:06 pm    Post subject: First board Reply with quote

Given your limited experience, I would recommend a relatively modern big long board, like Fanatic Viper 190. Try finding a used one. This board can be used in light and medium wind on flat water, and it's a great learning tool. Older boards can be a lot of fun too, but will offset your learning. The same about sails - avoid old ones.

At some point later, you will try smaller boards at a rental shop, and then decide on your next one.

As for the remaining parts, try to find used ones - you'll save $$$.
More information here:
http://www.na-windsurfing.com/How%20to%20start/default.html
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SeaDawg



Joined: 12 Sep 2002
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 05, 2014 6:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Think of something like a Kona One or a good used Equipe/ Fanatic Ultra Cat.

Lots of good sailing on any of those boards, as you get better and have access to more steady and higher winds 15-25knts+ think about adding a 100-120ltr freeride board.

You may want sails like a 6.0 wave se and an Infinity 7.5/8.0. or any other sail of similar quality.
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beaglebuddy



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PostPosted: Wed Aug 06, 2014 3:05 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Whatever type board you get it should be used for a first board. You will destroy a new board. Also you don't really know what type you want or will work so get something cheap in case it doesn't work out which is a real possibility.
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