Really, I think one of the greatest things is the video Detention, with Shaun Murray. It (plus my husband and friends) helped A LOT.
For boards, you are definitely going to need to post your height and, round about, weight. Binding placement is really what is going to be comfortable to you. Many people will tell you that what you have done is wrong, and you HAVE to do it a certain way. Just remember to take everything with a grain of salt. While I would advise to consider everyone's advice, remember that comfort is key.
Oh, once you get up, if you drop the hand that is on the same side as your back foot, you'll find this puts your body better in line with the boat...until you find your form.