I came here looking for opinions, so thank you. I've ridden 2+1 in head-high sloping waves and liked it. In the smaller NJ waves and this board, may they'll make a great transition to thurster, thanks for the idea. I could run a 7" single at first, then a 6" single plus 2" side bites, then when I'm ready 4.5" thrusters. Interesting to see that you didnt like the A series rocker. I suppose you dont like the McTavish setup the either, as its very close to that. I would have shopped around more, but inventory has dried up, so I'll have to make do with what I have. Maybe I should just go in between whats in the rocker and the lower numbers you use. The board I have my original pic isnt pearling at 7'6" at the breaks I frequent, so the only reason to go moderate rocker is to turn a bit easier and drop in later which I've been trying with some success. Either way, because I stil so new at this, going with a higher rocker and some thickness would be a better starting point, because I always go back and strip the bottom off and cut a lower rocker. Going the other way sounds like a bad idea. What happeened to Reverb? I was expecting him to show up already and rank on me.
If you want to go a little more aggressive the Rusty Yeti design in a 7-2 length comes in at 50 liters - that's a lot of float.
Sexy, too aggressive. It's going to be harder for me to paddle with nose and tail like that. But if I continue on this track, I hope to be able to handle it next year.
The 7-3A has a ton of rocker up front and is going to plow a bit when paddling. Gdaddy is correct about the A series, too much nose rocker, I use those blanks but I'm making a much shorter board and end up cutting that crazy flip in the nose off.
The SP series has a really nice rocker, the best board I've ever made was from an 8-3 (Clark blank the the SP's are based off of) that was originally a mini mal that I reshaped into a 7-0 simmons type design single fin. Paddles like crazy and catches everything and goes real well in the conditions you described that we have here, I'm in NJ as well. It's has a hull ish design, belly up front to flat, to a double concve to vee out the back, pretty foiled out, slight S deck, pinched 60/40 rails, "up" in the nose and down hard in the tail with the hard edge pretty far up from the tail.
For ease of paddling, wave catching and zipping around on those fun, small, clean days I'd make an egg type shape out of the 7-4 SP if you can get a hold of one. 6'-6" or so, 2 plus 1 fin setup, make it wide so it's stable but short enough to fit in those waves with the rails and foil I described above.
Good to know. Im stuck with the 73A though. Ive gotten pretty good moving foam around, do you think I can still make a regular continous rocker with this blank, or is it a major mistake to try?
If you're already committed to the 7-3A then it doesn't matter what our opinions might be - you've got to work with what you've got. Maybe McDing or a couple of the other pros will chip in and suggest a design that will work well with that rocker. The point being, keep your options open for a bit and gather some other opinions before making any decisions.
Normally, you would want include your blank options in the beginning of your design process, not as an afterthought. Figure out in advance which blank and which rocker you want and then go from there. Call for avaibility or place an order in advance; that way you won't be under the gun to settle for what they have on hand at the moment just because you made the trip there. .
I hear you and I agree with proper design process
It was the only PU blank they had left under 8'
I can't belive Greenlight is that low on blanks, that's where I get mine from.
I made a 5-8 mini simmons out of a 6-10 A just to get the width and rocker I needed. I ended up taking some rocker out of the bottom to get where I needed. That blank is a beast, super thick so it can be done, you just need to plan out what you need to do, take your time and a lot of measurements.
Thanks for the encouragement, here we go.
They're very low on PU blanks and the epoxy I usually use. How can they not be, anyone selling anything is struggling to produce right now
I just finished cutting the profile, rocker, and thickness. I decided to run all this by you guys before jumping into foiling and rails. Am I in the ballpark?
7.0' x 21.5" x 3.0", to be setup as 2+1
Rocker: 4.25" nose, 2.5" tail
At 12" in from nose: 1.6" thick and 16" wide
At 12" in from tail: 2.0" thick and 14.5" wide
Thickest and widest point is dead center
Rocker apex looks like it's ~6" behind dead center