|The Original Wood Technology
Integrating a sheet of 0.6mm Australian pine wood to the bottom and deck of windsurf boards has been a Starboard trademark since 1995. First developed by New Caledonia's Jean Louis Colmas in 1994, Wood Technology was applied to custom mass-manufacturing by Svein Rasmussen in 1995. These first Wood Technology boards weighed 1 kilo less than the best boards of the time, yet they boasted superior impact resistance,
superior structural integrity, and unique rigidity and flex characteristics.
Following their introduction, American Windsurfer magazine said, "The most impressive construction we saw was the wood veneer found on some of the Starboards. According to our weight and ding tests, Starboard managed to marry low-weight - as low as any boards its size - with ding resistance almost
comparable to that of boards with thermoformed skins." Today, a decade later, virtually every board brand applies the advantages of wood, but Starboard remains the only brand to harness the craftsmanship of the full wood construction with a full wood-look deck.
The Advantage of Wood Over Carbon and Conventional Fibers
At 0.6mm, the wood sheet is thicker than a carbon laminate or other fiber laminates, giving it far greater compression resistance and resistance to buckling. As a result, the board is rigid and strong. Carbon or glass fibers are especially poor in compression, and most of the board's bottom area is subjected to compressive loads. A Wood Technology board with its uni directional fibers naturally holds the most critical shape just in front of the fin box better, thus provides the board with its original design over a longer period, promoting higher structural intergrity
"The material is very rigid, but very pleasant to sail since we have the impression that vibrations are absorbed without any deformations in the board."
Wind Magazine, France.
The direct impact resistance created by the 0.6 mm Pine wood veneer fiber laminated on top of glass fibers and PVC has proven to be tremendously higher than the various Carbon weaves we have tested over the years. Being both naturally uni-directional and naturally saturated in resin, pine wood is especially efficient and resists excess epoxy resin absorption, giving it the advantage in weight to strength and impact resistance ratio.
Described as "bulletproof" by the US magazine Windsurfing, Starboard D-Ram models use PVC sandwich construction technology with Dyneema(TM) layers to maximize durability and strength.
Dyneema(TM) is a super strong polyethylene fiber produced using a patented gel-spinning process that aligns the molecules into a linear orientation. Dyneema(TM) fibers are up to 40% stronger than Aramid fibers and provide exceptionally high energy absorption with extremely low elongation. It's energy absorption properties make it the top choice for bullet-proof vests and for impact-resistance in windsurfing boards.
While the Dyneema(TM) reinforcements protect the areas of the board most susceptible to impacts, carbon adds additional stiffness and strength to the general structure. Like wood-technology boards, the overall skin construction is made from a military-grade, glass-sandwiching, and cross-linked PVC core.
The Dur-X construction label signifies the use of heel bumpers, double sandwich, oversized, angled reinforcements and optimized external reinforcement patches. The Dur-X standard is used for all Acid and Evo models.
|A.The double-to-single sandwich transition line follows a W-shaped curve to spread the load over a maximized area. The resulting smoother transition reduces the load-concentration ahead of the mast track increasing durability.
||B.Oversized heel reinforcements cover the footstrap inserts, reducing the load concentration that normally occurs between the plastic inserts and the surrounding area. The heel reinforcements are wrapping around the rails to cover the apex of the board and are also angled to spread loading more effectively and prevent total breakage due to localised stress concentration.
||C.A unique mould-marking method guarantees the most accurately built production sandwich boards: heel, nose, rail and 'half-deck' reinforcements follow precisely the design specification to maximize strength-to-weight ratio and enhance durability.
Tufskin technology uses a layer of continuous mat fibers sandwiched between 2 layers of glass weave to form a stiff and durable sandwiched laminate.
The fine plastic skin that wraps the entire board adds to its scratch and impact resistance, making it the technology of choice for those looking for durability and strength.
The seamless rail finish and sharp aft release edges add to the value, quality, and performance of Tufskin Technology.
FAST, Full Airex Sandwich Technology , uses a full top and bottom layer of Airex PVC combined with 0.6 mm pine and fiber glass reinforcements in impact areas. This provides a light board with a crisp ride.The warranty rate has been under 0.5 % during the last 3 years.
Deep-Tuttle Finbox Construction
In 1995 Starboard made available both Power and Tuttle boxes for the medium and large sized boards. Following feedback from the world market, the original Tuttle systems were the popular choice. Today, we are happy to see that more and more manufacturers are switching over to the Tuttle system in boards that need maximum strength. We are still receiving reports from windsurfing centers praising how much more durable the TT system is than the more fashionable Power box option.
"Based on our experience in the rental business we have observed that because of the 2 bolts that the tuttle box carries,
there is a lot less of a swing motion possible when the fin hits an object thus the load is carried by the finbox wall and also
the thickness of the deck giving it allot more strength versus the one bolt design of the powerbox. This box as I mentioned has
the possibility of more of a swing effect if it strikes something, with the full load hitting the wall of the fin box with almost
no assistance from the center bolt. Therefore it is my conclusion that a Tuttlebox is by far stronger than a Powerbox."
- The original and most reliable fin-box system.
- Widely established amongst pro and top-level recreational sailors as the best fin-mount solution available for all boards other than wave and freestyle.
- The highest level of structural integrity and the most secure fit.
- 2 screws help prevent from losing the fin in the case of a collision.
- Compatibility between Deep-Tuttle and standard Tuttle -- a board with a Deep-Tuttle fin box can fit either a standard Tuttle head or a Deep Tuttle head. This is particularly important in boards that take a wide range of fins.
- A GO board, for example, is often used with a smaller fin with a standard Tuttle base. To unleash full performance potential, users then fit in a race fin, available with Deep-Tuttle bases.
Roger Jurriens, Bonaire Windsurfing Rental fleet