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Who needs to plane? It's all about the glide!

Oct 5, 2012 by alexb

So I've finally came across one and added it to my quiver. Took it out for a sesh today at Huguenot, inside the bay. Checkout the pics. :)

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Date: 10/12/2012
From: Charlie Yontz

Enjoyed the video Alex!
Date: 10/12/2012
From: fhawk

Alex-- Thanks for posting the video of your new Serenity in action at SP. Looks like my scull on the bottom, so I guess I need to race you. Looks like a fair bit of swell bump beyond the tripod, typcial of a ENE. What was the wind, about 10 on the outside. I can only do about 7mph in the scull if it is flat, so the wind will have to be pretty light for me to keep up. Fred
Date: 10/11/2012
From: alexb

Went out to SP today between 3 and 6pm for some light wind action. Got to try the Serenity out in ankle/shin high swell; not too bad. The nose digs in sometimes but it doesn't feel like it's slowing down the board. It catches the runners much nicer than the Kona and they actually speed the board up. I'm getting better at tacking/gybing it. Only fell few times out of my own carelessness when the wind died. Wind picked up a little after 5pm, so I got some fast rides. I took some pix of the bottom and fin. Also got a video using my new SONY action cam; cuts of gliding, waves, tacking and some speed.;) The video quality's much better than the Contour 1080p. One of these days I'll stop being lazy and make a mast mount for some multi-view angles. Check out the video links if you're interested.

1080p video (LARGE will probably buffer if you try to watch)
http://data.alex0.com/video/SPserenity/video.html
360p video (Should play fine)
http://data.alex0.com/video/SPserenity/small.html

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Date: 10/08/2012
From: alexb

Fred
The bottom of the board is mostly round and the hull is not designed to plane. From what I've read it resembles the Division II boards of late. Being mostly round, it's quite unstable. Starboard advertises the board on their 2007 page as "...but is it a balancing act which some sailors may find too challenging?" :)

It's really not that bad but I haven't had it in any crazy chop yet. Can't wait to find out though. Once going the noise does rise up so shin high waves shouldn't be an issue until it's time to turn around. Not sure how it would handle in waves and no wind, good thing we don't have to worry about that here.

I've recently found one of the designers, Tiesda You, tuning tips here: http://www.star-board.com/SpringSummer2011/products/tuning_serenity.php He recommends using the 70cm fin for low wind days for maximum speed. Both times I've sailed it I only used the 40cm fin. Jim Drake was one of the other designers on this board. A video of him explaining the board can be seen here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W23_u54B6fQ

This weekend's looking promising for some wind, kind of makes me sad that I might have to get the short board out. :)
Date: 10/08/2012
From: fhawk

Alex-- Sort of looks like my scull with a sail. Of course, my scull is 24 feet long. I guess you can go out at SGI in even 10 mph now, should be interesting in little waves. The hull looks like it is not really a planing hull, but more like a low speed displacement hull, or perhaps a hybrid. Fred
Date: 10/06/2012
From: alexb

Correction, it's not 303 liters (thought it felt a bit small for that). The 2011 version is 303 liters the 06/07 looks to be 255 liters. 2007 Starboard Serenity Link
Date: 10/06/2012
From: alexb

Charlie,
The board is 24 inches wide, 15 feet long, 303 liters. It's VERY tippy. It's quite sensitive and leaning the leaward/windward rails send it up/down wind. Definitely takes practice to sail it well. It tacks VERY slow. You get on the other side but the board just doesn't want to turn, it stalls. Jybing it isn't any easier. I can only describe the board as a teeter totter.

I was sailing with Bob Graves and some of the Jax crew earlier today on the St. Johns River. Steven was out there on an Equipe II and an Aerotech 11m. He could pull away from me pretty much any time. Though if the wind dropped 1-4mph the Serenity had the edge. I was on the Ezzy Lion 9.5m. The Serenity is not a replacement for a race board.

In the end though, I really like it. You don't feel like you're schlogging on it. The feeling of glide and the minute adjustments you make to the board make it feel alive in no wind. It's sailing without shlogging or the adrenaline rush. It's going to be hard deciding if I want to SUP or just glide now; I think I'll do both! :)
Date: 10/06/2012
From: Charlie Yontz

Looks awesome Alex! Looking forward to seeing you sailing it at Shell Point. It looks really narrow. What is the width?



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