View Full Version : Which *general* beginner board?

11th July 2007, 11:46 PM
I have quite a few new people wanting lessons this year and don't want to use my Superlight anymore for teaching, so I am looking at used Starts and GOs. Summer winds here are pretty light, but if wind is below a solid 7-8, I don't usually try to teach as the winds are unreliable.

Which board would you suggest for general teaching of adults in 8-10?

12th July 2007, 04:02 AM
Hello JohnWH,
The Superlight was OK as a training board back in the day, but the older Starts (before they added the retractable centerboards) are really about the best.
I just bought an '02 Start and I won't be getting any Starts or Rio's next year until I see that they actually work as good as the older Start I just bought.
I like the older Starts with the removable center fin as you can change the fin to match sail size, weed conditions, etc.
Or put in the plug and go quite fast with a big rig in true shortboard mode.
What sails are you using for teaching.
That's the other HUGE advancement in entry level gear.
Lightweight powerful trainer sails in the 2.5-5.0 m2 range make teaching adults of all size so much easier and in less wind than you now think you need.
I spent this last weekend teaching in winds often < 4 knots.
You just have to adapt some techniques to make the boards go.
This weekend, was quite alot of "pushing" with one finger on the stern of the board to overcome the initial inertia, and then the students were able to sail and steer OK for about 50 ft at a time without needing any additioonal "push".
Hope this helps,

12th July 2007, 10:09 AM
Hi, Roger, thanks for the reply. I&#39;ve been looking at Starts for several months, but funds are tied up elsewhere for at least the rest of summer.

My teaching sails are an older Naish 3.2 and 3.7; older Mylar slalom or wave sails 4.0 & 4.6; Mistral Progress Line 5.3 & 6.3. Sort of a museum at the beach, you know. :)

12th July 2007, 10:10 AM
Oh yeah, forgot to mention -- carbon masts and narrow grip Chinook aluminum booms. At least I have some extra booms with good grip and no harness lines.