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Flatwater and Touring / Re: Hobie unlimited 12 klicks on the Knik
« on: March 03, 2021, 10:54:51 AM »
just a reminder, black boards get really hot which can cause gasses from EPS foam to expand and crack the board at the weakest point. Also if one spot get too hot it can cause the EPS to melt which caves the board in in spots. I recommend sanding and painting the top of the board a light color to keep it cool when it's left in the sun. It has gore vents already but sometimes they get crud in them. You can also install cut-in leash plugs for tie-down mounts. They are cheap and install pretty easy. You can Epoxy the rudder system on as well. Most of the rudder systems I've seen installed on unlimiteds were DIY set-ups. Some cut a strip of deckpad out and run a tube / cable housing flat on the board up to the steerer. They glue the tube down and put a piece of deck pad back over it. There are screw mounts that are designed to be glassed it too. They are for foot straps or handle straps on SUPs. windsurfers and foil boards.   

Flatwater and Touring / Re: Hobie unlimited 12 klicks on the Knik
« on: March 02, 2021, 11:27:24 PM »
That is frick'n awesome to see the Hobie up there. I'm glad it made it from SoCal to Alaska intact. It is a barge and I'm glad it works for you. What a beautiful place. So... which do you like better, the Bark or the Hobie?

General Discussion / Re: Any thoughts on the Jimmy Lewis Mano 9'9"?
« on: February 24, 2021, 09:05:42 PM »
It says PVC sandwich construction full wrap. I bet it's still in good shape. That's how a bullet proof board is made.

The Shape Shack / Re: Cutting stainless....
« on: February 22, 2021, 11:28:56 AM »
I owned a steel supply company years ago and sold metal cutting blades. Most of what we sold was for cutting mild steel, but the brand we sold also made blades for SS. These are Carbide  tip blades, not abrasive wheels. They chisel their way through with no sparks or burn discoloring. My custom stainless steel fabricators started buying tons of them from us. The mild steel blades (7 1/4" on a Skillsaw) will cut through 1" steel plate just like cutting wood. They do throw tiny bits of shrapnel. Go to wear protection. I cut a 1" thick structural base plate in half with my Skillsaw right in front of my structural steel fabricator. His Jaw dropped. WTF! Never seen anything like it. I sold him a ton of those blades.

Flatwater and Touring / Re: Joe Bark unlimited at -5f
« on: February 21, 2021, 11:05:56 PM »
You are now officially "this guy paddling". Have to buy her a cup of coffee at least.

The Shape Shack / Re: Best Sanding Screen for EPS?
« on: February 19, 2021, 01:20:30 PM »
Timmy Patterson just uses the softest sanding pad (Blue Softie) to cleanup the CNC'd boards. Probably 100 to 200 grit and holds the pad in the palm of his hand. No machine.

There is also this   Use the LT sanding screens/pads.

Flatwater and Touring / Re: Joe Bark unlimited at -5f
« on: February 15, 2021, 08:16:15 PM »
The electric inserts may work. As for the tie downs, you can glue / epoxy anything to the board. I figure out where I'm going to place the mount, mask the perimeter of the mount and sand the paint down to the glass for a good bond. I have these on a number of my boards. I have the handle version on a few boards and they hold if you sand the board and bottom of the mount before gluing it down.

Flatwater and Touring / Re: Joe Bark unlimited at -5f
« on: February 14, 2021, 07:40:01 PM »
That last photo is breath taking...

Flatwater and Touring / Re: Joe Bark unlimited at -5f
« on: February 14, 2021, 07:38:07 PM »
Great to see you getting it out on the water. From the side picture you were standing a little too far back. Usually right on the handle or a few inches forward. Both the unlimiteds you got will be faster and glide better than you inflatable. Even more so when you load them up with gear. Flex is like paddling with the emergency brake on. I wonder if you can tape on a thin piece of outdoor carpet from rail to rail where you stand, and put a whole package of chemical foot warmers under it?

I was thumbing through one of my old 1980 Skateboarder mags and came across this plug for the Roller Skating magazine. Who knows, rollerblades or ice skates?

An L41 convert ;)  I don't even think about getting another board.

The Shape Shack / Re: 7-9 Asymetrical SUP
« on: February 12, 2021, 03:10:23 PM »
I think Asym's make too much sense. Specially on customs. I would love to try one some day. I figure backside would be so much easier. Never thought about the cutbacks.... Your boards look great!

Random / Re: YouTube Video GOES Viral - Why?
« on: February 11, 2021, 03:34:47 PM »
No. In fact, you could incur some legal fees if you were to try ::)

People are bored.

Gear Talk / Re: Fanatic Stubby 8'7 vs Naish Manas or something bulkier?
« on: February 11, 2021, 01:48:47 PM »
Welcome to the Foil Foilling Winging ----sup forum.  ::) There are still some SUP paddlers here.
I'd say width is the main issue in chop. Most of the Naish boards you listed are probably way too much volume for you, and some are the same width as your Stubby.

Something that is short with a thin wider tail....  8'-3"  8'-0" ST or TV dinner

The Shape Shack / Re: Thruster vs Quad test on new board
« on: February 09, 2021, 12:31:10 PM »
You know that Single Fins rule and are way... cooler. Rusty beat up old truck, a big beard, local IPA's, long boards and single fins. You're missing the whole surf thing! ;D

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