Hi Bill, here's the board I made using your templates. It isn't quite the same as yours in both the outline and rocker due to my screw ups. I made this from a block of foam 4' x 4' x 12" so I cut 2 pieces for the nose and 2 for the tail. When I joined them, I ended up with a bit more rocker, and not enough foam to fix it. I didn't make a stringer, so I added rail channels for some strength. I also glassed this with one layer of 4oz with color on the deck up to the rail edge. Cleaned it up then did one layer 4oz on the bottom wrapped around the rail, then I did 2 layers of 4 oz to the rail edge again, and another layer on the bottom wrapped around after I installed the boxes. No hot coats or fill coats, but I'll probably spray the rails with a clear. I sanded them down to 3000, left the rest with the glass lam and no fill. Been doing that a bit and I have no issues with how the boards work.
The photo of the bottom really distorts the shape with the way the color is. I made these 7" single foiled fins last year or the year before but I haven't used them, so now I have a board for them. Installed them with the flat side out.
By the look of it, you'll have better performance in smaller waves than my original did. And, you'll not be giving away much in larger waves. Sunset @ 10 feet, will still be within a comfortable performance envelope. For any reader, who has not been to the NS, 10 foot waves @ Sunset are awe inspiring. Well done.
SHAPER SINCE 1958
Yeah, it's not as gunny as it should be, but I think it will be better for the waves I ride these days.
I don't think I'll be surfing Sunset any time soon. The biggest I surf these days is when the big south swells hit. It can get pretty big, but this new board should be more than enough. I think it may be a great board for the mid size NS surf. Went out there twice in the last 6 months. Been many years since I did that, and it was a lot of fun. I'd love to surf Laniakea again.
sharkcountry wrote: I'd love to surf Laniakea again.
I'd love to surf Laniakea again.
NIce job on the fin boxes. And good looking board. The bottom pic does show a little wobble in the outline, so thanks for explaining that.
How are you getting away with no fill coat and sanding to 3000?
All the best
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I sanded the cut lap edge on the last lam (bottom wrapped around) through 3000 to get part that was sanded smooth. The rest still has the texture, but it's smoothed out a bit.
There's a lot of resin build up from the 4 laminations, so I'm not worried about pin holes, but I did sand the glass. It's like polishing a fin, I just went through all the grits to get it smooth. I might spray it with a clear, but I think it's OK. Without the fill the board is nice and light. I started doing this a while ago thinking about the textured finish of Coil boards.
This board is a test to see how the rocker feels, it's different from what I currently ride. It looks faster, and closer to what my favorite short board has. More like what I had when I was riding very low rocker boards 10 years ago. I already know that the rocker is about a half inch more through the tail, but it's still quite a bit lower than the 8' boards I currently ride. This is the first time I tried using this foam and making a board with 4' long x 12" wide pieces. There's no stringer, and the center line between the foam pieces is not straight. I kept messing with the width and outline in the middle and I still didn't get it right. Next one will use the full length template. I think I messed up the outline lining up the spin template when I decided to make it 21.5" instead of 22" after having it pretty much shaped.
I think this is closer to what it should look like.
Yater was doing no hot coat in the sixties. So we gotta go back a little further than Coil. Nice job. Let us know how she goes.
Well, the 6' 8'' board is shaped , and in the glassing process. A PU blank, with epoxy glassing. 5 + 4oz deck. and 4 + 4oz bottom, with Twingle fin setup. I'm really pleased with the foiled taper of the rails. The fastest boards I've ever made, had that same rail profile. We'll see how it performs, fairly soon.
Hi BIll, my second attempt at using your rocker and a combination of outlines. Hope to be in the water within an hour to give it a go.
You can see that I used pieces of foam to make the blank. If this works like the other one, or better, I have 8', 9' and 10' slab cut blanks waiting to become boards.
You should call that ''The Jackson Pollock'' board. I'm impressed with your frugal construction methods.