dave1986 wrote: ↑
Wed Jun 12, 2019 4:48 pm
Any tips and tricks to keep my brand new Moses 633 in tip-top condition? Presumably most damage is causes by riding in too shallow water?
tip number one is to have a spare 633 wing with you in the car.
the wing is very easily damaged anytime you hit the bottom, and if there are shells or rocks down there then that damage can look serious, and will certainly need to be fixed before using again if the edge has been split open, keep a small straight edge screwdriver in the car and poke around any damage, don't be afraid to dig in a little to see if the top and bottom skins have been compromised, if they have then the wing needs drying out and repairing, this can take a day or two, even 3 days waiting for the repair stages to cure, but its no problem if you have a spare wing.
major damage I have done in the past was to run hard into a mussel bed
tore the top and bottom skins apart and inserted a few bits of mussel shell.
and everyone's nightmare when sailing at Flag beach, wind too light, kite too small, over the reef area, and trying to get going by looping the kite,
failure is met with a horrible grinding noise as the reef is brushed by the wing set.arghhhhhh.
you will damage your 633, but the good thing is you will get quite good at repairs to carbon wings, always carry with you a little box with various grades of wet/dry paper and a little wood block, to do the minor scuffs and scratches you get on a regular basis.
and never leave your board lying on its top (upside down) whilst attaching the wingset to the mast, 4 of us that I know have all done this,
you turn away to pick up a wing screw or talk to someone, and the wind blows over your top heavy rig, the first thing to hit the ground is the wing tip,
which will certainly be damaged if it falls on a hard surface, like a car park.