After yesterday's discussion I looked at the *B and Exocet websites. Will check out the Tactik...but I do like AHD's Robin's egg blue paint jobs. I'll bet tooold could do something more dazzling but in theme!!
The *B site helped characterize it for me, as I think the 320 class longboard is probably that "everyone's all-purpose funboard" I've talked about. I believe the K-1 is in the 320 class too. *B has an interesting competitor in that it looks like a scaled-down "regular" performance longboard (wide point forward, pointy pintail, lots of straps, etc.).
Of Exocet's new boards, the D2 doesn't interest me. Too pricey, plus I don't think it's a "sailor's longboard". I'm sure it's record-setting in it's wind range, but I'm more interested in a technical challenge and range of use more than max speed. Some of these things - the D2, the Serenity - they're small boats with a windsurfing sail mount. Fine, no problems, it's just not what I'm looking for.
No, I like the RS 380 Elite, which is the X-380 with the ahem...ummm....ahuh ahuh....steptail done away with. Sorry, Rod. IMHO, having sailed the limited ranges of IMCO, Mega Cat, F2 Lightning, K-1...the step tail is a good innovation but unnecessary for high-performance sailors. Not because the high-performance sailors can't use the turn of speed the step tail offers, but because they are better at making advantage of the full capacity of a traditional longboard shape - upwind, downwind, planing, non-planing, etc., and on some of these points of sail the step tail suffers. The main plus for the step tail is that the straps are much further forward, and thus negate the need for an adjustable mast track (since the planing balance is in just one place). This makes a longboard much more accessible to most sailors - no mast track fiddling, and you don't have to get "...way back there?!" to get in the straps.
Yesterday, for instance, I got out in the afternoon in 5-15 (mostly 5), offshore, smooth water...Mega Cat + 8.5 SPF. Mainly experimented with CB position (up, partly down in several spots, down), mast track position, point of sail, footwork and strap/strapless stance. The Mega Cat really scoots in some unusual configurations that are a consequence of sea state, wind direction/strength, point of sail, etc. Many of those configurations were CB up, mast track forward to full forward, and bearing slightly upwind to mild broad reach...some points with a tiny bit of windward rail (CB up). Skimming very fast to planing in the straps. But my fave is the overpowering gusts when beating upwind, CB full down, in the beating straps and driving so hard that the carbon CB hums.
I've done that kind of experimentation on the K-1 and, in all honesty, the Mega Cat would have done a horizon job on the K-1. BUT, as Rod correctly notes, it was a lot of fiddling and tweaking and messing around with a big rig on a mast track...with a funky trigger that I accidentally step on now and then...so if that's not your cup of tea then the 380 class isn't for you.
And looking at the shapes, specs, etc., I note that these new performance boards are designed to meet the 380 class (like my Mega Cat). So they're 380 length, 65-67 width, 250-295 volume, and the weight specs are just under 14 kg. So then....looking at my nearly 20 year old Mega Cat (doesn't look it)...380 length, 67 wide, 250 volume, 70 cm CB renowned for it's power. Oh yeah, one last spec on my Mega Cat - 12.5 kg. What is it with Fanatic? How do they consistently make boards lighter than everyone else? If they all broke in two, that would be one thing, but they don't. Great boards, durable, ridiculously light. How do they do it?
My guess is that these new performance boards are an improvement, primarily in hull bottom shape and volume distribution, but that my old hot rod will hold it's own against all of them because of limitations inherent in the formula. And sailing freely out on my own, wandering wherever my heart leads me, I'd never notice the difference. So, like my cars, I'm going to ride her until she can't go any further.
Also, NYO, to answer your quetion - this board is a weird combo, not anywhere stated. I'm increasingly sure that it's a Mega Cat 380-I, 250 L (stated on the hull), 6 footstraps, but Trimbox not Powerbox (which seems to be the spec'ed fin setup on the 380-I). She hauls butt on the 8.5 with a 470 pointer. I've always thought "Ewww" about the Trimbox, but on this board I really like it. Shows what I know! The CB bag is marked with the name Rick Cronk, NY-30. So if you know who that is, I think I've got his old board.