Following on from making mats in various forms, I found mats are fast but essentially uncontrollable in the way other surf craft are.
Some of the mats I’ve made had a hard deck with a fabric hull and they kept the mat speed but I could turn when and where I wanted and this needs to be followed further.
The plan is to make the deck like a Spoon kneeboard with layers of glass over a foam form making a hard yet flexible deck. The planes and angles of the deck will control how it flexes. The template is a rounded rectangle with added nose length. There’s a domed deck, bevel rails down to a flat perimeter track that’s needed for the fabric to be attached.
Then add the inflatable hull skin.
Shaping the foam core is interesting as it’s going to be a male mold that I’ll vacbag glass over and then pop the shell off so it could be used several times if I’m careful.