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by Leelanau
Sun Sep 13, 2020 5:10 pm
Forum: Gear Builders
Topic: Slider/pulley use a thimble?
Replies: 6
Views: 625

Re: Slider/pulley use a thimble?

I've been using that exact setup on a rope slider this summer. Spliced a 1/8" dyneema loop around the thimble and I clip in a wichard https://marine.wichard.com/en/stainless-steel-hardware/snap-hooks/quick-release-snap-shackles/with-swivel-eye/part-2673 which replaced my chicken loop. Only using it ...
by Leelanau
Mon Jun 01, 2020 4:08 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: LF thruster foil any good?
Replies: 10
Views: 1022

Re: LF thruster foil any good?

I've had a LF Thruster for 2 years and the Rocket was the first board I owned with the original LF foil. I still really enjoy the Thruster even while also riding a Moses foil and 3 wings (633, 695 & 647). It's a really good all-around foil, early lift, solid top end, somewhat loose, skatey feel, but...
by Leelanau
Fri Mar 13, 2020 3:22 pm
Forum: Gear Builders
Topic: Closed cell foam blanks and rocker
Replies: 14
Views: 1413

Re: Closed cell foam blanks and rocker

I've built a few boards from 1/2" divinycell H80 and never had an issue with spring back. Two were built with 2 layers of 1/2" (12mm) for total thickness of 1". Just vacuum-bagged the 2 sheets together with thickened (& tinted) epoxy on the rocker table. I have a large vinyl bag and the foam and roc...
by Leelanau
Tue Feb 25, 2020 8:42 pm
Forum: Videos
Topic: Hit or Flop!? - Bouch
Replies: 6
Views: 976

Re: Hit or Flop!? - Bouch

No need for those line gadgets. I've used this technique for several years. Foolproof if you pay just a little attention to what you're doing.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9_FxYkg1vZc
by Leelanau
Wed Dec 04, 2019 10:36 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: February wind in Captiva Island
Replies: 2
Views: 343

Re: February wind in Captiva Island

I've kited on Captiva (though not North Captiva) a few times in recent years in late January and February. On most fair weather days the wind always seemed to have a bit of east in it, making anything on the Gulf side-off or off-shore. Even a south that felt side shore at the beach beach, felt a lit...
by Leelanau
Tue Oct 01, 2019 2:44 pm
Forum: Hydrofoil
Topic: Moses mast length for fun "freerace"
Replies: 8
Views: 935

Re: Moses mast length for fun "freerace"

I purchased the 101 w/ 637 foil set this spring for more or less the same reasons as you. Fast, cover long distances quickly and easily, and I also wanted something for jumping. Plus, shedding a few pounds compared to my LF Thruster was a good thing. For all of those it has checked the box. My only ...
by Leelanau
Tue Apr 09, 2019 7:31 pm
Forum: Hydrofoil
Topic: Leg burn
Replies: 16
Views: 1700

Re: Leg burn

Another consideration is the behavior of the LF rocket/fish foil. After I moved on to a new foil (LF Thruster) I realized that the rocket/fish foil was relatively sensitive to pitch adjustments and required far more input for stable flight. All those micro adjustments end up wearing you out faster. ...
by Leelanau
Mon Feb 18, 2019 9:16 pm
Forum: Gear Builders
Topic: Pocket board building
Replies: 418
Views: 43251

Re: Pocket board building

TomW - Thanks. Yes, I really wanted to do the wood rail and probably will on my next board, but I was under a bit of a time crunch and hadn't 100% sorted out how I was going to laminate the wood strips around the rails, plus I was sensitive to adding extra weight. We'll see if the rails hold up to u...
by Leelanau
Fri Feb 15, 2019 8:24 pm
Forum: Gear Builders
Topic: Pocket board building
Replies: 418
Views: 43251

Re: Pocket board building

I just finished my new board build. 120 x 45cm. Built with 1/2" divinycell foam core with basswood and western red cedar skins just shy of 1/8" thick (as thin as I trusted taking them down on my thickness planer.) 6" wide by 42" long strips of 9oz (12k x 3k) carbon is sandwiched on both sides of the...
by Leelanau
Tue Feb 05, 2019 2:53 pm
Forum: Gear Builders
Topic: Pocket board building
Replies: 418
Views: 43251

Re: Pocket board building

TomW - just out of curiosity, what did you pay for the bigHead inserts? I reached out to the US Distributor and was quoted about $12 each for a minimum order of 30. That was for a M8 x 15mm. For a 100+ unit order the price is about $6.50 each. I didn't expect them to be cheap given that they're made...

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