I better reveal something for you guys.
Here's the first front section. Laminated pine veneer with 4 oz / epoxy between.
It's a simple planing section.
I had it connected to the next section with 2 side arms and I quickly learned that 2 connectors is more trouble than I wanted. So from then on I only used a single piece connection system.
Here's the second front section. It started out as a hydrofoil but due to the buoyancy it tends to plane rather than stay submerged so it quickly made it into the reject bin.
One day I took it down to see if I could bodysurf with it, I held it out with both hands and it planed across the wave lifting up the front half of my body. Wide Foils are really good at lift but the problem was the less than svelte body dragging behind it.
It's flat underneath but with a central channel that gives it rocker thru the centre.
following with curiosity! love the attempt!
Vaccing another front section.
This is starting to get really interesting!
Hi Huck, PM.
Any new developments?
Curious to see what you've been up to.
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Hey Bill, Xmas is a busy time of year but there's always a lot of new developments, ideas, concepts, prototypes, testing. It never ends.
Did you want to know about the multi piece surfboard ? The asymmetrical handplane ? Or the tapered surfmat ?
They're the 3 Im focussed on at the moment.
The handplane works off the concept that a wide section lifts quicker than a long section so I've put a wide area at the front.And once on the face the long section is on the inside giving you greater hold of the face. It's also double sided so it works of Lefts and Rights. there's a better version being glassed.
The Multi Piece surfboard works off a similar concept, with a wide planing front section with a minimal riding section behind. It's a pretty simple idea but it has great advantages over a single piece surfboard.
As the designs progresses I'm learning more about how and when a planing front section affects the riding of a surfboard, it's also clear that the back section can be a pretty standard surfboard design but the front canard needs to be quite a technical design, taking in buoyancy and planing area distribution, how thickness affects the roll into a turn, its grip on the face, what 3 dimensional orientation between the 2 sections is best and of course, how to connect them together in a simple but solid manner.
The interesting benefits of a multi piece has always been as a travel board and something that fits in the boot/ trunk. The longer rear section is feet shorter than its comparable single piece surfboard so it's less susceptible to damage during travel and fits in the back of a taxi.
If a section or the connector breaks it's easy to connect a new piece so with a few spares you've got a versatile craft that goes from short to longboard and back for different waves or riders. It also lends itself to experimentation and refinement by swapping parts in and out. I see asymmetrical front sections.
And much like foiling, introducing a new style of surfing would create new businesses, boost the sales of foam , glass and resin and give surfers something else to master.
And the tapered mat is just another of my mat designs continuing on from years ago.
Looks like you've got the material for two new build threads.
Best for me to stay on topic with the modular board build. Have you had a chance to assemble a first prototype of the various component pieces for wave tests? Or are you still designing individual components independently?
Looking forward to seeing an assembled galaxy class starship.