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by Jyoder
Wed Sep 20, 2017 5:20 pm
Forum: Board Builders
Topic: Building a lightweight compact plywood hydrofoil board
Replies: 8
Views: 567

Re: Building a lightweight compact plywood hydrofoil board

My full length deck pad provides plenty of flotation for board and Alu foil.
by Jyoder
Wed Sep 20, 2017 1:36 am
Forum: Board Builders
Topic: Building a lightweight compact plywood hydrofoil board
Replies: 8
Views: 567

Re: Building a lightweight compact plywood hydrofoil board

Mine is 10 lbs (4.5 kg) with glass but no carbon. Could probably get it down to 8 lbs (3.6 kg) if I made it a bit smaller and belt sanded the sides and front to be thinner. Ply boards are durable but not light. I can toss mine around in the car or on sand without worry.
by Jyoder
Sat Sep 09, 2017 2:27 am
Forum: Hydrofoil
Topic: teaching absolute newbie
Replies: 11
Views: 1124

Re: teaching absolute newbie

That saying may refer to riding the board, but not flying the kite. Good kite skills are a pre-req in my opinion.
by Jyoder
Mon Aug 28, 2017 1:24 am
Forum: Hydrofoil Builders
Topic: First foilboard
Replies: 80
Views: 6452

Re: First foilboard

Sharp knife did the trick.
by Jyoder
Sun Aug 27, 2017 8:58 pm
Forum: Hydrofoil Builders
Topic: First foilboard
Replies: 80
Views: 6452

Re: First foilboard

Made some more progress on the 1/2 inch Baltic birch ply board I bent under the car. I lost some of the rocker during glassing- should have been more careful to have the nose propped up on something. Still has 2 cm or so. Weighs 10.4 lbs all told. 48"x 17.5" dimensions. Deckpad is $10 Eva foam mat g...
by Jyoder
Fri Aug 25, 2017 5:34 pm
Forum: Hydrofoil Builders
Topic: First foilboard
Replies: 80
Views: 6452

Re: First foilboard

Glassed it with 2x 6 oz top and 1x 6 oz on bottom with a couple smaller pieces where the plate contacts. Only 2nd board I've made and first with epoxy and not poly resin. Not gonna spend $$ on more expensive materials till I'm more experienced.
by Jyoder
Mon Aug 21, 2017 1:23 pm
Forum: Hydrofoil Builders
Topic: First foilboard
Replies: 80
Views: 6452

Re: First foilboard

7 ply Baltic birch dunked for 60 seconds. Hot day so it dried in 3-4 hours under the car. Pretty sure I could get even more bend in it. When I stand on it and flex it flat it springs back when I get off. Hopefully it'll last. Plan to add 2-3x 6 oz glass.
by Jyoder
Mon Aug 21, 2017 1:11 am
Forum: Hydrofoil Builders
Topic: First foilboard
Replies: 80
Views: 6452

Re: First foilboard

For anyone still trying to make a board from plywood, I figured out how to add a decent amount of rocket/nose kick without laminating pieces. 1/2 inch Baltic birch. I dunked it in the bathtub for a minute and then propped it on a curb and drove the car on it and let it dry for a couple hours.
by Jyoder
Tue Aug 15, 2017 2:36 am
Forum: Hydrofoil Builders
Topic: Pocket board width
Replies: 1
Views: 312

Pocket board width

What's the smallest pocket board you've enjoyed? I have a diy blank I'm getting ready to glass but I'm thinking it might be too small, specifically too narrow at 40x15 inches. (100x38cm). Anyone ride one this small?
by Jyoder
Sun Aug 13, 2017 1:40 am
Forum: Hydrofoil Builders
Topic: First foilboard
Replies: 80
Views: 6452

Re: First foilboard

Was that ply board glassed? Looks like it wasn't. Also, the ply layers look like only a couple very thin hardwood and rest filler. I'm using Baltic birch which has much better strength but am glassing it as well with 2-3x 6 oz. s cloth. Should be bullet-proof.

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