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BWD
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Re: Convertible challenge

Postby BWD » Wed Apr 17, 2019 3:01 pm

Thanks.
About the pocket boards, I believe it, that’s why I took the trouble to make a strong one I might like as a directional/alternative when not foiling.
You can guess what my next board project will probably be...
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Re: Convertible challenge

Postby TomW » Fri Apr 19, 2019 3:09 pm

BWD,

Pocket boards are really easy to make. Many people are going to complicated lamination and exotic biax etc. Really all you need is some uni-d carbon ( I buy 1m Wide 200-250g and slice 150mm -120mm wide strips ) and some regular 6oz plain weave glass fiber. Some kind of foam core, light wood core. No need to spend a lot of money .
I've discovered a textured deck ( brush on epoxy, lay down some polyester peel ply or similar and tear it off after cure) works well and saved money and weight. Foam pad is more comfy tho.

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Re: Convertible challenge

Postby BWD » Fri Apr 19, 2019 3:32 pm

All true. :thumb:
Unless i really end up loving this board for surface planing, it may some day become a ~2kg pocket foilboard if I shorten it to about 110-120cm (It’s about 0.52g/cm^2). I used some 45/45 fabric to keep a hair of flex so it is tolerable surface riding in chop.
If core was thicker i might use all 45/45 carbon and a bit less of it, or one layer of 45/45 under 4-6oz glass, plus a little uni and patches.
I do let my techniques get more complicated than strictly necessary to keep my skills fresh or learn new variations.
I might also have a pocket board out of some scrap glass wood veneer and carbon i have around...
The peel-ply deck texture is a good one. I opted for hex traction this time, just to try it out.
Thanks for the feedback/ideas and sharing your builds here!


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