Finally have a week off from a really busy schedule this year.
After all your feedback and speaking to a few other local shapers, I've come to the conclusion that I need to dial in my shape on the traditional conctruction before I experiment too much! I still feel that there is a way to make a greener, lighter board, but it's going to take some work which I don't have time for right now.
I just picked up a 9'8y and once I've finished up the three boards I'm glossing now I'll add to this thread with a build
The greenest board you can make is the one that is designed and built so well that - if handled and stored with care - you never have to replace it.
Pick a design you can live with, and pick a build method that you can master. Compared to that, worrying and fretting on which resin has the lowest level of VOCs or which cloth has the lowest carbon footprint is a complete waste of time and effort. And feelz.
Nice way to put things into perspective Gdaddy. I can be a bit of an overthinker!
There's no original thinking on my part; I'm just rehashing themes we were talking about 10+ years ago when the bio-epoxies were coming out. The difference in eco-footprints between the cleanest builds vs the dirtiest builds are dwarfed by the other choices surfers make with respect to how they transport their boards from home to surf and back again. By whether they're buying locally or buying boards that were built 10,000 miles away. By whether or not they travel to surf. By all the other gear and acoutrements surfers tend to accumulate in support of their surfing. And by how fast surfer cycle through their boards in chasing the current fashion of the day.
Build it to last and then keep it - that's an eco-conscious approach to building your own. If you're into that sort of thinking.
Another option would be using a small 2 wheeled cart to strap your board's nose or tail to and not have to carry all that weight. When I lived across the street from the beach, a neighbor would pull his Kayak across the street that way. He strapped the wheels to the kayak and didn't worry about leaving it on the beach.
Sounds like a canoe/kayak caddy.
They are available commercially.
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Not sure what it was, but I would use something like that if I had to walk for a half hour. I'm a retired video cameraman I can tell you that you need to protect your back. Most of my peers and I have messed up backs from carrying heavy gear.
Appreciate all the suggestions!
Ruffed out the 9'8y a bit. Flattened the nose rocker a little and took it down to 9'8. Ive pulled the shape in a little and blunted the nose.
Concidering pulling the tail block in a little too, or perhaps rounding the corners a little
I like the shape. I like the wide point, the overall curve and the tail block. I wouldn't change anything. Just promise us you won't try to run a 2+1 on it. That would break my heart.
But you gotta find a better backdrop for your pics. A wall with less visual clutter, so to speak.
Tell me about it, when I move and make my new shaping bay I plan to do a wooden feature wall outside so you can see the shape and size, may even take the pics straight . Photography is not my fortay!
No no, no 2+1 here.
I'm on the fence with fins, It will either be a pivot or 4a style fin. Not sure on glass on or box yet but will be set back