Shown is the wave where I'll be riding the board I'm shaping.
During the winter it gets bigger than what you're seeing in the pic x2, but not very critical.
There are typically a lot of longboarders in the water when it's good, so I want a big board just to hold my own (I'm 65 yo)
The board with the yellow deck and red rails is my 8'2" gun it's 19 1/4" wide and 2 7/8" thick.
The blank is the board I'm shaping - it's 20 1/2" wide - It's asymmetrical. It will be a single fin
The yellow/red gun is pretty good. I like the way it paddles and take offs feel very predictable. To get that board to pearl on take off I would have to be trying.
I just want a wider version of that board - So I used the gun template on the toe side rail and on the heel rail I used a curvier template with the wide point on center.
That blank has 6 3/4" nose rocker - My red/yellow gun has that NR and the thicknbess is 1 5/8" a foot back from the nose.
I could duplicate the foil of my 8'2" gun on my new shape, but I'm just wondering if it would benefit by giving it more thickness up front and maybe reducing the nose rocker a bit, because I've found out that excessive nose rocker can work against me when I'm paddling out.
Sort of a beak nose concept
Mainly to make the board more manageable when paddling out or if I get caught inside
To do that, I'd have to shorten the nose.
Thanks Greatly for any input on this!
Home is where the foam is
Looks like you’re doing fine to me. Thinking it thru.
I had an AAh - Hah! Lightbulb moment ... I realized that it was't the nose rocker that I was having issues with, it was the foil
The issue was that a few years ago, I shaped a board with a funboard blank that I ordered with some + nose rocker. The finished product was a fun/gun with about 6-1/2" nose rocker and it was a terrible experience paddling out through shorebreak on that board, because it would come up and hit you in the face any time you would push the nose below the surface to get under approaching whitewater... (I won't use the term duck-dive) I ended up cutting the nose of that board back and re-shaped the nose into a beak that had about 5" of NR and it was just fine.
But this gun that I have pictured a few posts ago... The one that's glassed... It paddles out just fine.
I realized that it's more about the foil than the rocker, because the series of gun blanks that are being offered now have consistent thickness from the middle to about 8" ahead of center.
This makes an enormous difference, because when someone is paddling his body is further forward.
Anyhow - I'll shape it with 6-1/2" NR and just use the natural foil of the blank and I'm fairly certain that there won't be any of the issues that I was originally concerned with.
Thanks for the feedback
I'll post pics as progress is made
See! You’re thinking it thru.