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Re: Starboard K15 Still a fast board ?
« Reply #15 on: March 12, 2017, 04:34:21 PM »
Hi QB - the lady I know who did the Belize tour last month told me she really enjoyed it.  Next time we chat can get the lowdown for you.  She went down with some of her girlfriends leaving hubby behind.  Probs was party time.  Haha.  Would think that Norm could arrange kayaks for some of your group if that was your pref.  He really is a nice guy and would expect him to accomodate your needs.
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Re: Starboard K15 Still a fast board ?
« Reply #16 on: March 12, 2017, 07:07:58 PM »
Thanks Eagle,

Much appreciated. As I said to Luc, this won't be something we do anytime soon, but it is something I would be interested in. Thanks again.
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Re: Starboard K15 Still a fast board ?
« Reply #17 on: March 12, 2017, 07:47:43 PM »
Hi QB - actually was going to ask her for more details and logistics anyways.  She asked my wife and I to come along with her before she left.  But thinking back her tour was the beginning early January or so.  There were a number of dates to go.  Probs will not see her until the spring or summer -> and did notice this was just a 2019 recon mission for you.  Is always good to know more about stuff like that.  Never been down to Belize.  :)
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Re: Starboard K15 Still a fast board ?
« Reply #18 on: March 12, 2017, 08:35:43 PM »
QB - Yeah looks like they have what your wife and friends want ->

"Sea Kayaking (Paddling)"

Haha.  Just talked to wife about Belize and the tour -> and she told me "Yeah already have checked that out".  Hilarious.  But normally we go to places that have sailing.  So not sure that will work out.  Have been down to Mex Bahamas Aruba DR Costa Rica Panama Columbia etc -> so Belize is right in the hot zone.  But ya never know.  :)

http://www.islandexpeditions.com/our-belize-trips/belize-vacations/coral-islands-sup/trip-summary
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Re: Starboard K15 Still a fast board ?
« Reply #19 on: March 20, 2017, 10:48:33 AM »
QB - talked to the lady yesterday who went down to Belize.  She gave me all the details and said she saw some kayaks.  No one used them though.  She really liked her trip and said that Norm gave her a number of DW lessons.  Out of her group she noted that many were beginners.  :)
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Re: Starboard K15 Still a fast board ?
« Reply #20 on: March 20, 2017, 08:11:41 PM »
Thanks Eagle,

Very much appreciated. Looks like another trip on the horizon!
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Re: Starboard K15 Still a fast board ?
« Reply #21 on: March 28, 2017, 12:04:49 AM »
I don't think there's much question that the K15 is the reason we now have 14' as the limit for racing. Naish was sponsoring a lot of the early races, and didn't have anything that would beat it.  Both the Javelin and the Glide of the era give away a bit of their waterline length and position the paddler high off the water, losing both stability and vector force of the paddle blade.  I found the K15 to be crazy fast. I didn't have one, but I used one a few times. Not a lot of freeboard left at my 235#, but still motored.

Was is a foam core construction ? I have an idea of a mod for one.....
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Re: Starboard K15 Still a fast board ?
« Reply #22 on: March 28, 2017, 03:46:54 AM »
Yes, standard SUP race board construction I think. Except it weighed more than a house, and was ridiculously awkward to carry. You could buy some wheels for portage, at least in theory (some things Starboard promise never actually make it to retailers). The construction was pretty awful in general - very heavy but still not very durable - although for the last year I think there was a carbon one, which might have been a bit better.

IMO if they'd produced the K14 as they promised, and had improved the construction and reduced the width, it could have been the fastest 14ft flat water board ever produced. But instead they went off on a much less successful tangent once Jim Drake died.

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Re: Starboard K15 Still a fast board ?
« Reply #23 on: March 28, 2017, 11:15:19 PM »
Found this on Craigslist for anyone who is interested.

https://nanaimo.craigslist.ca/spo/6055526587.html
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