Just found this great looking McCoy wide tail thruster, whats your feeling on something like this?
Site found at http://www.surfresearch.com.au/00000167.html gives full details.
It sorts out my fin problem as I can get a large glass-on thruster set for £9.99 or $18.35us from my local material supplier which take the importing worry away. We quite often et taxed on things entering the u.k. I do have more experiance of shaping this type of board. Basically it is 14.5"nose 21.25"wide 16.5"tail almost the same as my plan shape above.
I would like to thank everyone who has given me ideas I really delighted with all the tips.
Swaylocks is definately the best!!!
It's good to see some other brits have discovered Swaylocks ( I agree, it is the best!)
You mentioned in one of your posts a programme called Caliper. I would be interested to get a copy of that - could you post the web address.
Many thanks and good luck with your return to shaping (and the water)
Name of software is Screen Calipers and is here http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?displaylang=en&FamilyID=B4B13CBC-A375-4835-91C8-0A248C3CEA89
Here it is in action read my guide above to see how I use it.
Gazro, I'm 5-11, 180 lbs, 57 yrs old, and just ordered an 8-0 real McCoy thru Noel at Solosurfer.com. I'm a former national level (US) competitive swimmer (mid-60's) and a beast of a paddler when in top shape, as I always am for my annual out-of-country surf trips. Been surfing for 42 years, and on thin, hi-perf 7-6 to 6-10 boards since 1967. I do not apppreciate the "soul" and "glide" of any 9+ longboard. Despite my efforts to maintain my self-image of "legend in my own mind", I've had to make concessions to my age. I could no longer maintain the 200 lb weight that I carried through my 30's and 40's (neither could Arnold Schwartznegger, now 56) and dumped weight at 52 back to that of my peak competitive swimming days of 17-20 years old. I can still handle, and get hoots from the kiddies on my 7-6 custom epoxy Loehr "half fish", but its days are numbered since I'm NOT regressing in age. The thicker, single fin McCoy was ordered not because I NEED it today, but because I'll need it tomorrow. I expect to be able to ride it thru my mid-60's. I seek "magic" boards, and have no problems with buying 3,4, whatever, to get one keeper. I do my homework, the ordered McCoy single fin appears to fit the bill as a purpose-built responsive machine.
Bear in mind that this post in JAFO-just another effen opinion.
recently i shape for a guy like you, a 7 4 egg shape.., 16 1/4 x 22 x 14 x 3 ,3 fins, bottom flat, ´´v´´ in the last, continued rocker dome deck, soft rails, box rails in tail, tucked edge, 3 4oz deck 1 4oz bott., spray finish.
...well, but this surfer have more recently experience than you..