SB Sonic 2020 prequel

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SB Sonic 2020 prequel

Post by AndyC » Mon Jan 27, 2020 11:23 am

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Does anyone recognize this or have sailed/owned this board before?

I recently came across this old piece of equipment in the classified market place when I was looking for something for the light wind days. Not exactly what I had in mind but also could not see it disappears into the landfill, considering the excellent condition it is still in I took it home with me.

One of my older friends thinks it may be an early version developed in New Caledonia and may even be built there. It looks to have been used very little with no damage whatsoever and then put away literally in a barn for decades, except it was a more modern agricultural building. The person trying to get rid of it was not the owner, actually not a windsurfer at all, and was quite happy to let it pass on to someone who at least knows what it is :D

I think it is extremely rare to find such a blast from the past in such good nick, in fact I'd say it looks to be built even better than many of its later incarnations. I am therefore quite curious about its origin but I cannot find any information on the internet about this board, and besides the width (75 printed next to the Sonic name) and the length which I measured to be about 274, I don't even know its volume (around 140L would be my guess).

It even has its original Drake/Ames START 40 G10(?) fin, and I fully intend to sail it as soon as we get out of this lull...

So I'm hoping for someone who knows something about this legacy Starboard Sonic to fill me in with its specs and perhaps share some experience and stories as well?
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Re: SB Sonic 2020 prequel

Post by Distinctly Average » Mon Jan 27, 2020 2:25 pm

It was from 1999. It was 128ltrs, 740mm wide, 2730mm long weighing in at 6.5kg ish. Back then the weights varied quite a bit, as did the dimensions. There used to be one at Brogborough owned by a chap there, not seen him in years. I had a play once, probably in 2009/10 to compare it to a similar iSonic I had just got and was quite surprised how similar they felt in a straight line. The iSonic was shorter with volume more to the back making it easier for me at least to turn. Seem to remember it was quite a fun board.

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Re: SB Sonic 2020 prequel

Post by AndyC » Mon Jan 27, 2020 8:31 pm

Great to hear from someone who has first hand information about this board. Thanks so much for filling in the blanks for me and sharing your experience as well :)
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Re: SB Sonic 2020 prequel

Post by AndyC » Mon Jan 27, 2020 9:07 pm

A few more pictures and thoughts...

I was quite surprised how "modern" looking the underside was when I turned it over especially the "stepped" cut-outs at the tail
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however, upon closer inspection, the narrow "step" that has the black paint flaked off turned out not to be black paint at all. Instead the residual black substance appears to be some kind of EVA foam! I guess this material must have been shaped to conform to the larger cut-out, perhaps a feature to help enhance its planing performance?

I think I will clean out the black stuff and just give it a red coat of paint vis-à-vis its decendents the iSonics :D
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Finally, there is the slightly odd looking fin which fits into the deep tuttle recess of the board, wonder why fins don't look like this anymore :P
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Re: SB Sonic 2020 prequel

Post by BTB » Mon Jan 27, 2020 9:40 pm

AndyC wrote:
Mon Jan 27, 2020 9:07 pm
A few more pictures and thoughts...

I was quite surprised how "modern" looking the underside was when I turned it over especially the "stepped" cut-outs at the tail

IMG_20200113_150013_1.jpg

however, upon closer inspection, the narrow "step" that has the black paint flaked off turned out not to be black paint at all. Instead the residual black substance appears to be some kind of EVA foam! I guess this material must have been shaped to conform to the larger cut-out, perhaps a feature to help enhance its planing performance?

I think I will clean out the black stuff and just give it a red coat of paint vis-à-vis its decendents the iSonics :D

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Finally, there is the slightly odd looking fin which fits into the deep tuttle recess of the board, wonder why fins don't look like this anymore :P

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I think that fin is off a starboard start. They still come with fins that shape.

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Re: SB Sonic 2020 prequel

Post by AndyC » Mon Jan 27, 2020 10:28 pm

Oh you are right. Slalom boards don't generally come with fins anyway what was I thinking the word "Start" should have been a dead giveaway... a beginner board's fin for a slalom board :lol:
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Re: SB Sonic 2020 prequel

Post by ronnie » Tue Jan 28, 2020 9:20 am

The 1999 Sonic had a rubber skirt AVS Anti-Ventilation-Skirt.

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Re: SB Sonic 2020 prequel

Post by deckchair » Tue Jan 28, 2020 10:41 am

make an ok foil board :D

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Re: SB Sonic 2020 prequel

Post by Distinctly Average » Tue Jan 28, 2020 10:48 am

ronnie wrote:
Tue Jan 28, 2020 9:20 am
The 1999 Sonic had a rubber skirt AVS Anti-Ventilation-Skirt.

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I cannot be sure but I think that was only on the large version. There was the W75, and the W75 Large which is what you have linked to.

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Re: SB Sonic 2020 prequel

Post by AndyC » Tue Jan 28, 2020 12:30 pm

ronnie wrote:
Tue Jan 28, 2020 9:20 am
The 1999 Sonic had a rubber skirt AVS Anti-Ventilation-Skirt.

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Thanks for posting this, good to learn something old everyday

So this skirt is not a little thing, curious to see how it actually looked and the stiffness and functioning of it all, given the minimal attachment area I guess the fin bubbles eventually won and sucked it away (or forgetting the skirt and stood the thing on its tail one sorry afternoon oops...) :lol:
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Now I wonder if I should re-engineer that skirt....
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