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Starboard ACE Unlimited 18'x24.25"

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Created by Goochi Two weeks ago, 6 Oct 2017
Goochi
WA, 835 posts
6 Oct 2017 11:13AM
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Picked up my new stick for the DW season this week. Last year I spent some time on the ACE UL 18'x26.75" - which was a great board, super fast - acted like an ACE 14' on steroids!
The 2018 ACE UL 18'x24.25" comes with steering standard this year. It's a simple design with the batten set into the rudder post to centre it, rather than the tiller arm. Really clever.
I took it for a flatwater paddle yesterday and was pleasantly surprised by the stability - it was easily more stable than a 25" wide ACE 14', on a par with a 27" wide ACE and only slightly less stable than the 26.75" UL. (On flatwater though).
The shape is sleek, parallel rails - without the forward width of the 26.75", which should fare well chasing down runners - which is the advantage of the ACE shape over the flat deck shape IMO.
Can't wait to get out on the ocean!



















The 2017 UL 18'x26.75 for reference

disclosure - I am a Starboard Team rider. I pay for my boards and believe in the product.

PTWoody
VIC, 3977 posts
6 Oct 2017 4:19PM
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Nice one Greg. It's been a long time coming but hopefully worth the wait. Mine doesn't arrive for another week or so and I will be in California when it gets here. I suspect half of Victoria will have ridden it before I get home.

PS. what they've done with the batten arm is what Pono Bill has been advocating for years. It's not just clever, it's common sense for safety as a loose or busted cable out at sea can be anl issue if the batten is at the tiller. This system means the rudder stabilises regardless of what the cables are doing.

Helmy
VIC, 518 posts
6 Oct 2017 4:33PM
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Tempting as it may seem, I promise I won't steal yours PT...
Oh and I think I can hear DJ saying the same thing...

Goochi
WA, 835 posts
7 Oct 2017 8:40AM
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PTWoody said..
Nice one Greg. It's been a long time coming but hopefully worth the wait. Mine doesn't arrive for another week or so and I will be in California when it gets here. I suspect half of Victoria will have ridden it before I get home.

PS. what they've done with the batten arm is what Pono Bill has been advocating for years. It's not just clever, it's common sense for safety as a loose or busted cable out at sea can be anl issue if the batten is at the tiller. This system means the rudder stabilises regardless of what the cables are doing.


Thanks Paul, I hadn't thought of that with the steering - that's a great backup system.
I'll add to this thread when I've done an ocean run.

Todzilla
165 posts
13 Oct 2017 11:46AM
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How's the board going? Got it out for a run yet???

Goochi
WA, 835 posts
Tuesday , 17 Oct 2017 12:09PM
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Todzilla said..
How's the board going? Got it out for a run yet???


Not yet Tod. Waiting for time off and the winds to align

Jradedmondo
NSW, 602 posts
Wednesday , 18 Oct 2017 4:20PM
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looks like a pretty sweet board, also a great design idea with the rudder cable

Jarryd



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