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by RichR2
Tue Sep 18, 2018 7:59 pm
Forum: Hydrofoil Builders
Topic: Best way to add bolt threads in the board for the mast when building board?
Replies: 6
Views: 311

Re: Best way to add bolt threads in the board for the mast when building board?

Thinking about it, you would probably need a large plate to insert them into to spread the load from the foil plate. Not done it, but just a thought.
by RichR2
Tue Sep 18, 2018 7:55 pm
Forum: Hydrofoil Builders
Topic: Best way to add bolt threads in the board for the mast when building board?
Replies: 6
Views: 311

Re: Best way to add bolt threads in the board for the mast when building board?

Try snowboard/ski/kiteboard inserts http://www.snowboardmaterials.com/index.php/materials/binding-inserts Drill an abs plate to pass these through then glass bubbles and resin to fix into a routed hole in your blank. Then glass your blank as normal. I use these for footstrap mounts but should be ok ...
by RichR2
Thu Aug 16, 2018 10:42 pm
Forum: Hydrofoil
Topic: Tips for learning to ride toeside
Replies: 19
Views: 1248

Re: Tips for learning to ride toeside

Once again thanks for all the responses, so useful. I had a session today and tried easing myself into toeside from riding downwind heelside and turning a little more into toeside downwind. I found this easier than turning to go from reach to reach as i could start to get used to the new body orient...
by RichR2
Thu Aug 16, 2018 12:35 pm
Forum: Hydrofoil
Topic: Tips for learning to ride toeside
Replies: 19
Views: 1248

Re: Tips for learning to ride toeside

Thanks guys, useful stuff to consider. I guess it's like all things foiling...practice, practice and even more practice 🤪
by RichR2
Thu Aug 16, 2018 7:38 am
Forum: Hydrofoil
Topic: Tips for learning to ride toeside
Replies: 19
Views: 1248

Tips for learning to ride toeside

I'm confidently riding on all points of sailing and have been working on heelside to toeside turns. I can fly round without touching down but once on toeside it all falls apart. I know that practice makes perfect and that I will get there but are there any tips anyone can offer that helped them to c...
by RichR2
Wed Jul 18, 2018 7:24 pm
Forum: Hydrofoil Builders
Topic: Stance width and board length
Replies: 1
Views: 259

Stance width and board length

As I’m still very much a beginner (2nd season) I’ve not had experience of different set ups that many of you on this forum have had, so this question is aimed at you and I thank you in advance for your input. Once you have established a balanced stance for your particular board and foil, how much is...
by RichR2
Sat Jul 14, 2018 7:22 pm
Forum: Hydrofoil
Topic: Lets discuss ear protection
Replies: 26
Views: 2081

Re: Lets discuss ear protection

I too have had a lifetime of watersports, all in cold water (the worst for your ears) and I've suffered many of the associated problems over the years. Last year on the advice of my doctor I invested in custom moulded ear plugs...audiologist takes a mould of your ear canal and pinna and that is used...
by RichR2
Wed Jul 11, 2018 8:59 am
Forum: Hydrofoil
Topic: Marks on board - please tell me what is the cause of this
Replies: 11
Views: 1074

Re: Marks on board - please tell me what is the cause of this

I agree with Peter, they look like impact damage, not enough to puncture the laminate but enough to craze the resin. This is where twin tip construction as used on Shinn boards wins out. But if you are after super light, then the downside is you need to handle these boards with care.
by RichR2
Sun Jul 08, 2018 9:18 am
Forum: Hydrofoil Builders
Topic: A return to building
Replies: 6
Views: 4488

Re: A return to building

Thanks for the kind words. My next two builds are underway already so they've had stringers stuck in, so can't change that, but will drop the two lateral box reinforcements. I am going with a lighter lay up this time (see my lay up thread) and Ive been able to borrow a vacuum pump so will vac bag th...
by RichR2
Sun Jul 08, 2018 9:11 am
Forum: Hydrofoil Builders
Topic: Will it be strong enough
Replies: 6
Views: 4719

Re: Will it be strong enough

Thanks for sharing your experience. Clearly I'm going a bit far in my reinforcements compared to the rest of you. So, I will go ahead with my suggested lay up and will post how it goes.

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