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 Post subject: Re: Mini Tuttle Box
PostPosted: Wed Aug 28, 2013 11:03 pm 
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bought them from german web shop:

http://surfshoponline.de/Kite-Workshop_1

pretty tight on airush's fins.


and same kind of box in uk:

http://www.kitesurfingfins.co.uk/Category-299/FIN-BOXES


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 Post subject: Re: Mini Tuttle Box
PostPosted: Thu Aug 29, 2013 1:32 pm 
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 Post subject: Re: Mini Tuttle Box
PostPosted: Thu Aug 29, 2013 2:21 pm 
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Can't help being curious - why do you want to use the mini-tuttles? These were pretty popular before 2011 but then - all of a sudden - all kitesurfing boards manufacturers dumped it in favor of FCS or Futures. Nowadays it's a mission impossible to find any spare/replacement fins! Recently I've got my hands on an awesome brand new surfboard, but it's a 2010 with mini-tutles and let me tell you - I was spitting :angryfire: while trying to find a set of spare fins for traveling as the last thing I want is to be stuck in a middle of nowhere with a broken fin. At the end it was easier to get a set of mini-tuttle==>FCS adapters and some FCS fins (with a huge selection to choose from), especially after TFC quoted me over 175$ for a set. There are still some closeouts out there, but as far as I'm concerned mini-tuttle is a dead end.


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 Post subject: Re: Mini Tuttle Box
PostPosted: Thu Aug 29, 2013 2:46 pm 
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I currently have a sector which already has mini tuttle fins. So I will just swap the fins to test my prototype.

Im not sure how mini tuttles are dead if airush and more recently Cabrinha (2014 Alias) are still using the boxes?

You make a valid point tho if i want to use large fins. Ill look into other options.


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 Post subject: Re: Mini Tuttle Box
PostPosted: Thu Aug 29, 2013 3:08 pm 
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Well, my understanding is that the mini-tuttle along with the full-size tuttle boxes are the sturdiest fin-boxes on the market - hence these make a lot of sense for race-boards and boards with really long fins like Sector or Alias. For the rest FCS and Futures are a lot simpler for both manufacturers and end-users.

Unfortunately for "regular" surfboards, the mini-tuttle was dumped despite the fact that a broken fin - in case of the impact with a reef - makes a lot more sense that a ripped out fin-box. But kiteboarding companies need to stimulate the sales after all... don't they?


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 Post subject: Re: Mini Tuttle Box
PostPosted: Thu Aug 29, 2013 10:40 pm 
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FCS and Future only work up to a certain size. The total area of the fin determines how much total force can be applied to the fin box in a given turn. For example, if a test was done where a board would be turned "X" sharp, a smaller fin would extert less force on the fin box than a bigger fin. Eventually, mini-Tuttles aren't enough and that is where the standard Tuttle box comes in. You might be able to imagine a race fin with FCS tabs would break off the tabs in a hard turn.

So, the size of the fin determines what strength fin box is needed.

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 Post subject: Re: Mini Tuttle Box
PostPosted: Fri Aug 30, 2013 2:47 am 
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Anybody know a good USA source for the adapters that allow FCS fins in the mini tuttle boxes?
I'm looking at a 2011 SS Dialer that has the mini tuttle boxes/fins, but reluctant to buy for the reason Alexey stated.
Thanks.


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 Post subject: Re: Mini Tuttle Box
PostPosted: Fri Aug 30, 2013 1:45 pm 
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The shop where I've got my adapters doesn't seem to have 'em anymore, but these guys still do:

http://www.surfindustries.com/shop/us/surf/nsp-accessories/fcs-fin-adapter/

And these guys (in Canada though) still seem to have the original SS fins in stock:

http://www.silentsports.com/store/product/31361/Slingshot-Tri-Surf-Fin-Pack/

"Unfortunately" I've only found them after getting a set of FCS fins with adapters.


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