Finished this 9'6" x 21.75" x 2.7" build yesterday and took it out for sunrise today, rode a dozen 7sec waist/chest waves. Few observations: feels like I'm riding on the wave surface as opposed to a couple inches above. 6+4/4 E glass job so it's light, swings around quickly, and I can feel it flex. As a matter of fact, if I place it on the ground bottom up and push on the middle, it flexes a fair amount. I made this for clean small days and althought Ive never snapped a board, I dont think it would fare welll in long period winter swell.
Rails are soft down in rear which grabs some but no hard edge I think allows the single fin to do its work and the greenough 4a felt nice. I have a 8.5" which felt too washed out so swapped it with the 9.75" which held better in this these weak waves, but does feel a bit big/slow, but there's a real shortage right now so I may buy a 9.0" later. Wide point rail is lower then 50/50 and soft because I wanted it to grab some but not too much. I put a boxy sharp edge on the front 16" of nose hoping it would help it plane faster and I think it worked. On the take off it slips down into the bottom turn nicely but the positioning feels more critical becasue a hair too forward and it pearls you cant really recover as well as an eggy or 50/50 front rail would. Bottom is totally flat and then panel vee varely starts about 20" from tail end, peaks at 3/16" right in front of fin base, then tapers off to flat by the tail end. One of the wave I caught today had enough power to dig the tail down on a bottom turn and it felt right. I kept the stock 98Y blank rocker, just cut 2" off the nose. Glad I did because it's quick paddle. Plans measurements and pics attached. And this was my first cutlap glass job, wish I had started them earlier, sooo much easier to sand. I also decided to not sand my decks anymore. My fill coats arent heavy, and Im only going to wax it up when Im done, so I figured why remove resin?
Feel free to fire away with feedback. And thanks for the encouragement!
Good job. You put together a combination of elements based on what you wanted the board to do and it appears the board is doing just exactly that.
Now that you have a baseline for comparison, on your next board you can make some adjustments and see how those work for you. You aleady mentioned swapping out the downrails in the nose for some belly and up rail in order to make it more forgiving for the drop and ride. Another little tweak you can add is to the bottom contour - retain the flat bottom but add a little roll or chine out at the transition to the rails to smooth the ride out a bit.
Those two minor tweaks will definitely leave a mark. You might like that outcome or you might decide to stick with the combo you have. Either way you'll get a feel for what these elements are doing.
Gdaddy, thanks. You always come through with constructive feedback and ideas. I like the idea of chine here.
Jack--- The statement that all longboards are so thick is false #1. #2; If you are correct I would think the market would be wide open for 2.5" longboards. Also you are incorrect in your idea of what makes a longboard more maneuverable. Thickness/thinness has no bearing on maneuverability. And if glide was all it was about you could go with a Frye or Munoz Surftec at 11'. Glide to hearts delight and make Frye "baby step" 1/8 turns. But don't attempt to cutback. Get out and ride a real longboard; turn it, trim it, hose the shortboarders out on the shoulder as you roundhouse cutback. You just don't have the knowledge to make statements on the maneuverability of longboards. And it shows.
That which can be assorted without evidence was read in an illegal magazine.
I think you read the wrong thread amigo, you missed a word. :)
Ok-- "Why are"nearly" all longboards so thick?" What do yo mean by nearly? One in five? "Nearly all" infers Most or a very high percentage of. You stated that you've never seen a Yater or a Haut, so that tells me that "nearly all" is an overstatement based on limited knowledge. Where do you live? I'll recommend a few shops for you to cruz. You can lay an eagle eye on some longboards that are 3" of well distributed foil and foam.
Every log I've owned under 3" eventually gets snapped. Doesn't even have to be that big. Just a thick double up. I've resorted to holding the board rail up and taking a beating rather than having another magic board snap or buckled by a thick lip when caught inside. But if you're riding mush you shouldn't have those issues... Pitas Pt casualty.