Well, after much plotting, planning and rearranging the shed, I'm about to start building my first board. I waited what seemed like months for the tax cheque to arrive and had spent the whole lot within 45 minutes on resin, glass, tools, fins and a box of four blanks from Midget's factory in Sydney. I was only going to get two, but it only cost $30 extra to buy four, cos they waive the shipping costs if you fill the box. So now my daughter and nephew are going to reap the benefits of dad's new obsession.
I'll post photos as I go and rest assured, I'll be asking advice at every step of the way. I must have spent over 100 hours trawling through the Swaylock's archives gathering info on rockers, fin cant, rail curves and concaves and now I think I'm ready to cut into some foam. Here's the outline of the first board I'm going to try, knocked up on the Aku Shaper software I found on Sway's. It's going to be a single fin based on an old 1976 model that I've ridden for the past decade or so.
Dims will be:
6'5" x 18 2/5" x 2 3/4" (ish).
Nose rocker - 4 1/2"
Tail rocker - 2 1/2"
Flat bottom the whole way through, both for authenticity and because I think attempting to put a concave or any other fancy additions in is just asking for trouble.
What's everyone think?