We got very lucky this weekend and it was windy two days straight and I had plenty of time in the water. I also did have a chance to try attaching Moses Vorace mast to Nobile Infinity board.
The included pictures show how it looks.. Now to my review...
The holes fit perfectly, I guess we now have some standard on spacing of the plate attachments? Anyway, no issues there.
The Nobile board, attaches differently. It does not have holes going all the way thru the board and nothing comes out from the top of the board. So I did not use the Moses bolts, which I originally thought I would.
But Nobile bolts fit and I was able to use them to attach my mast directly to the bottom of the foil.
Nobile board actually uses some attachment to attach the mast, (I forgot to take the picture of it). but original Mast of Nobile split uses that plate to attach it's own mast.
I did not use it, just attached my mast directly to bottom and used it's screws.
I think the length of the screws is a bit too short for my comfort. If I were to actually use that board, I would buy bots that are say 5mm longer.. But, the original bolts work and I went riding on them.
The board itself is smaller than Moses T40. Very small volume and it looks small visually, however, it weights more than Moses T40. I think about 1- 1.5 kg more.
You can see from the attached pictures that the mast sits a lot more forward in relation to the back strap than it is on original Moses setup. On Moses, the plate of the mast is almost under your back foot, but here you can see how much more forward it sits.
When I saw this on the beach, I had a concern in my head if I could actually ride it with straps. I went out and to my surprise, I started flying right away and I could ride it in straps without any issues.
However, the felling was definitely not perfect and I moved my back leg from the strap to just in-front of the strap. That position felt was much much better and I rode it that way for the remainder of the demo.
The small issue with moving my foot from the back strap to the in-front was that i wound up with quite narrow stance. Which is quite fine for recreational ridding and just cursing, but probably too narrow for powered riding and racing.
So at the end of the day, I think the front straps would need to be moved forward to accommodate riding with back foot in proper position on the board.
Of course, one can always ride strapless and then , there would be no issue at all with either straps.
So, my verdict is: It is possible to use Moses wings with Nobile split board and for travel (non-racing) it's quite good setup. I think the perfect setup would actually be this board with a new 70 cm mast.
When you split the board into two pieces, I think each piece is probably around 70 cm. So if you do that, you will wind up with one bag which is 70 cm long and all your gear is inside! Which is quite sweet.
I liked the board construction quality and that it can be used as surfboard (I did not try to ride it with fins). I don't think this board is a good idea as a main board for light wind locations as it has very small volume. I really like the volume Moses t40 provides.
But for travel, I think this is the only board on the market now that splits.. So, it's a no-brainer to me.
I am not buying it now, but when the time comes for my next trip where I want to do light and with ONE kite only, I'll take this board, 70 cm mast and 14m kite and I'll be good for pretty much any conditions.