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by merl
Fri Jan 19, 2018 9:26 am
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Splicing tips?
Replies: 17
Views: 1871

Re: Splicing tips?

One method is to go through the lines multiple times, one end after another. Both ends must be free. Resulting loop is very strong and looks quite good actually. About four to five inches is enough length for that kind of splice if rope is about 1/4 inch thick. Do you mean like stitch? Pass tail th...
by merl
Thu Jan 18, 2018 3:40 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Splicing tips?
Replies: 17
Views: 1871

Re: Splicing tips?

Collecting a lot of good tips and ideas. I managed a (somewhat ugly) splice using a different trick - removing two stands for almost the whole length of the splice. This thins the tail and makes the body more roomy at the same time. WIll try some of the other tricks too...
by merl
Wed Jan 17, 2018 8:00 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Splicing tips?
Replies: 17
Views: 1871

Re: Splicing tips?

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12 strand
It is 12 strand. What a b*tch
by merl
Wed Jan 17, 2018 6:28 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Splicing tips?
Replies: 17
Views: 1871

Re: Splicing tips?

I could be completely wrong, but that looks like it might be 16 or 24 strand as opposed to 12 strand single braid which is really easy to splice. Can you show a cleanly cut cross section please? I think that must be the fundamental issue. As far as I can see there is no core, but I will give it a c...
by merl
Wed Jan 17, 2018 5:43 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Splicing tips?
Replies: 17
Views: 1871

Re: Splicing tips?

Use a longer "fid. Spread the weave out along it, so it's relaxed and not all bunched up. Then wiggle the tail down it, like you'd feed a drawstring back into your shorts . . . if you know what I mean. Small movements, not a lot of bunching up like in the photo :) I don't have a metal fid if that's...
by merl
Mon Jan 15, 2018 11:07 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Splicing tips?
Replies: 17
Views: 1871

Splicing tips?

I don't normally have problems splicing but this rope has me beat. It's the same stuff that best were using a year or two ago. The weave seems really tight. I usually open it up with a knitting needle and pull the line through with a wire but I just can't seem to get it through. Any tips? I've tried...
by merl
Sun Jan 07, 2018 11:45 am
Forum: Hydrofoil
Topic: Adapting a two-piece board - advice for placement and spacing
Replies: 2
Views: 395

Re: Adapting a two-piece board - advice for placement and spacing

I'd put the foil at 250mm to rear screw holes to tail. Use 90 x165 hole dimensions, that's most common. Another dimension to look at is putting rear plate screws about 120mm in front of rear foothook screw. That gives you space for rear foot behind foil plate when you get a bit more experience. But...
by merl
Sat Jan 06, 2018 11:56 am
Forum: Hydrofoil
Topic: Adapting a two-piece board - advice for placement and spacing
Replies: 2
Views: 395

Adapting a two-piece board - advice for placement and spacing

I have carbon two-piece wave board - a vanguard style board made by newind. The newer ones have foil mounting holes pre-installed. The maker says he can adapt it me (requires a spacer because of the large concave in the board) but I'd need to decide on position and spacing. The things that make this...
by merl
Tue Jan 02, 2018 4:17 pm
Forum: Hydrofoil
Topic: Happy Hydrofoiling New Year c",)
Replies: 5
Views: 520

Re: Happy Hydrofoiling New Year c",)

Barefoot in December??? Hobbit feet? Happy new year!
by merl
Sun Dec 31, 2017 11:47 am
Forum: Hydrofoil
Topic: Balance question - before I get my drill out....
Replies: 35
Views: 2083

Re: Balance question - before I get my drill out....

An update in case anyone is in the same boat as me. After a few more sessions I became even more convinced that I needed to move the mast plate. So I drilled, filled with epoxy and re-drilled. On the water the difference was huge. Everything got easier, faster and more relaxed. Even managed my first...

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