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by BWD
Sun Oct 21, 2018 4:43 am
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: How to Measure a wave Face
Replies: 1
Views: 424

Re: How to Measure a wave Face

It’s interesting when you’re paddling out and see that view of your friend’s 8’ longboard...
by BWD
Wed Oct 17, 2018 8:13 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Anyone else dodging "flying fish"?
Replies: 12
Views: 1176

Re: Anyone else dodging "flying fish"?

I saw a 6 ft ray jumping in the bahamas, and a few minutes later foiled right over it. Glad it was done jumping.
by BWD
Wed Oct 17, 2018 7:32 pm
Forum: Hydrofoil Builders
Topic: Best way to add bolt threads in the board for the mast when building board?
Replies: 24
Views: 1578

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

when I drill out the columns in the board and fill it with epoxy for the t nuts, should I drill the column wider than the head of the t nut (so the prongs of the t nut grab epoxy when I insert them) or narrower than the head (but wider than the barrel) so the prongs grab wood? I would assume the fo...
by BWD
Wed Oct 17, 2018 7:01 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: How low can a Twintip go?
Replies: 5
Views: 612

Re: How low can a Twintip go?

I think as low as you want. I have a friend who years ago rode a literal 2'x4' plywood sheet (from the hardware across the street) all over the Real slick in hatteras while no one else could get going. Think this was with a big LEI, maybe a 17m slingshot turbodiesel. not sure of wind, definitely wel...
by BWD
Wed Oct 17, 2018 12:35 am
Forum: Hydrofoil
Topic: A case for full face?
Replies: 50
Views: 6172

Re: A case for full face?

any way of figuring out how sharp it was?
Not trying to attack any brand though maybe it sounded that way. Sorry.
I have heard of some riders squaring off trailing edges to 1.5mm or even 2mm to avoid cuts. Wonder how sharp was the edge or tip that caused the injury.
by BWD
Tue Oct 16, 2018 11:44 pm
Forum: Hydrofoil
Topic: A case for full face?
Replies: 50
Views: 6172

Re: A case for full face?

Fess up what gear almost killed the child?
by BWD
Mon Oct 15, 2018 4:19 pm
Forum: Hydrofoil Builders
Topic: Best way to add bolt threads in the board for the mast when building board?
Replies: 24
Views: 1578

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

Tee nut on top is stronger. Keeps full board in compression and spreads loads to deck and bottom. Also easy to inspect and repair. Nut hidden in middle of core relies on core strength, so needs much more core reinforcement. And if it starts to break, you won’t know, until it fails completely. Also, ...
by BWD
Sun Oct 14, 2018 5:31 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: OBX nasty water warning
Replies: 8
Views: 1230

Re: OBX nasty water warning

Thanks for the public service warning. Scary situation. Hope you’re better soon! Also for public benefit, if you’re willing: Where were you riding? What’s the organism? Vibrio? Others? Multiple? Did you cut yourself in the water? Did you have a previous injury/open wound/sore? What’s your age? Do yo...
by BWD
Sun Oct 14, 2018 4:36 pm
Forum: Hydrofoil Builders
Topic: Best way to add bolt threads in the board for the mast when building board?
Replies: 24
Views: 1578

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

If you want to groove a coupling nut (or other small round piece of hardware), chuck it in a drill and hold the edge/corner of a file against it while turning medium speed. Similarly you can taper threads this way if needed (on flat of the file of course), etc. works fine with a hand drill.
by BWD
Fri Oct 12, 2018 3:28 pm
Forum: Hydrofoil Builders
Topic: Best way to add bolt threads in the board for the mast when building board?
Replies: 24
Views: 1578

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

You can mount inserts from the deck, just make sure they are in a solid column of epoxy so loads are spread between deck and bottom laminate. Or you can get long nuts or specialty fasteners somewhere, admittedly a pain...

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