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Flying Panamanian #1
Rule Numbers- 20 & 35
6'2" 12-3/4" 19-7/8" 15" 2-3/8"
I figure it's running about 30-31 lt.
Don't let it fool you, -its a Graveler
March 16, 2016:
It will probably surf better than it looks.
A good substitute for the Stoneman.
Could have used it the past two days because it was really sucky out there, but I just wanted to get wet.
Yesterday was better than today. The problem is also that the tides are too high early in the morning and by time it gets right, the wind comes up.
The stuff on the nose is temporary; but if it holds up without braking on me, I figure in a month or two, I'll do a cool paint job on it.
I figure it will be way hotter than that Uni-bag of glue thing I had and should catch waves as good or better.
Flying Panamanian #1
Rule Numbers- 20 & 35
6'2" 12-1/2" 19-7/8" 15" 2-3/8"
If I made any mistakes,
I must have made them in all the right places.
March 17, 2016:
It surfs better than it looks.
I guess doing a few things different than the norm can be a good thing.
Like my Rails: I will have to refer to them as Kiwi Rails, because of the actual creator, or should I say the only guy I've ever seen do them was a goofy foot who was from New Zealand and the last heard he had settled in at Seaside, Oregon. (Which is a really good left.)
He met up with his girlfriend in Washington and Shaped a few boards for Al's Surf Shop.
I must say he is one of the best shapers I ever met.
I got a kick out of the tar paper shaping booth he threw together and how he labeled his boards where glasser's usually do with paint in a simple spray bottle and a stencil of a little Kiwi.
Anyhow, his rails where both sharp and soft, and I got to actually find out how well they work for myself.
I like the fact that my rails turned out thin and still have a good feel to them.
My Bottom also turned out nice. I'm sure having the board a couple inches longer than I actually needed to make it, but the extra inches will make it more versatile in the long run. (For bigger waves and or blown onshore mush.)
What's nice about it is that its a fast board if you step forward, (and still loose,) and it's nothing to slowing it down by standing on the tail.
None the less, I did do my own single concave upfront that splits into two that ends up a Vee out the back. There are so many variations of it, but somehow I think I got it right. (I think the mild rocker with a fair amount of flip out the back has a lot to do with it combined.)
By stepping on the tail has that quick responsiveness as my old round tail, however it doesn't sink in so much when I do, -which helps it handle well in weak waves.
With all that in collaboration, it works extremely well with the conditions we have here were the sandbar gets channels and you never know when the wave will lay down on you and you need to nurse it through the weak section, (were the extra width keeps the board on plane.)
Bottom line is: how great it matches my style.
Flying Panamanian #1
Rule Numbers- 20 & 35
6'2" 12-1/2" 19-7/8" 15" 2-3/8"
If I made any mistakes,
I must have made them in all the right places.
March 20th, 2016:
I have to say that my board has to be the most versatile board I've ever surfed;
To say the least I would have to say that it's the best board I've ever surfed.
I did decide that it is just a bit loose with the smaller AM1 I used on my other tri-fin on the back. I'm going with EA's front and back with this one.
I'm sure the people who have been watching me surf are going to say I'm surfing better than ever on this board.
I'm pulling my cut-backs sooner, because it's not as fast as my Quad, which often had me out running the pocket sometime. Also I'm not having to jump forward or shuffle my feet forward as much because all I have to do is widen my stance and I have everything covered, (the very reason everyone like to surf boards under six foot.)
I think going with the narrower nose was very beneficial when it come to making it surf like a shorter board. It also kept in riding smoother in choppy stuff.
And the extra thick tip also helps balance it out while paddling. I don't have to paddle up hill with this one and is sure does paddle nice. The volume sure seems to be perfect for me too.
Got to do some graveling this morning.
It's hard to beat the Stoneman at catching them, but this new board sure holds on to a walled up sections better.
Oh yeah, I never got around to posting anything about the glass job.
I went with 4 oz. S-glass on the bottom with two E-4's on top with a Garret Angel-Wing reinforcement patch on the rear and he came up with a nice Diamond patch in the middle of the topside; both in 4 oz. S-glass. I have to say that the board as a whole turned out noticeably lighter than my first one. (My first board was Blue foam instead of Red and I had gone with 6 oz. S-glass on the bottom.)
I can tell already that the durability has proven impressive.
I've got to take a hack saw and cut a wedge out of the traction pad, because it sticks up too much and once in awhile it causes my foot to get caught on it. I had the same kind of thing happening on that bag of glue I had. Once I lowered the profile, the problem stopped.
I'm thinking Kah-plunker:
Rule Numbers- 35, 41 & 55
I think it's the appropriate name for my new board.
I bet when people see the nose sticking out of the water they will be thinking that it's sort of an old twin fin design with a modern twist.
April 10th, 2016:
Being thick as it is, any old man will think they can just turn around at the last moment and dunk the tail down and Kah-plunk the thing right into a wave.
I figure it will probably be just about right for a guy who weighs 20-40 pounds more then myself and I had that in mind because I gave some thought of what would sell in the used board rack.
Since I gave some thought to what would sell the easiest, with summer coming up and all, I decided to make a board that would be difficult to find in a used board rack because anything like it usually sells over the slim high performance board that requires a rider of about 135 pounds or less. (There's always a dozen of them everywhere.)
Wondering why I built a board for the Used board rack?
Well, I figured that if I spent my time and money on a board, to put in a surf shop as a new board:
Kelly Slater would have one of those Firewire bums go into th surf shop and plant there thumbs in the bottom of any new board I'd consign to a surf shop and no one is really thrilled to buy a new board with a couple dents in it right off the rack.
It would end up sitting there and I'd end up having to sell it for about the same price as a board I'd rode myself for a month or two. So that's pretty much my plan. I figure I'll keep making myself a new board every month and when I have a full Quiver and I don't have room of any more, I'll just have to figure out which one I can part with. (Probably the one I'd be shaping next, or have another one already.)
Therefore I stayed with the standard user friendly rails everyone else uses on their boards and I took advantage of the MB blank with a shit load of foam and left it at 2 3/4" thick. (I figure it's probably 34-35 liters in volume.)
The thing looked so bulky at first, it reminded me of that bag of glue I had, -so I spent some extra time and tapered the rails down to more of a performance size because the one thing I can't stand is a board that will roll on you. However, I'm still concerned whether I left too much foam in the tail, which could throw the whole balance off when paddling, but that's something that you have to except when its the first one which should be considered a proto-type. (It's the only thing that had been troubling me, now that its painted and all because things always look different with a fresh set of eyes.)
I managed to keep the tail at the size of my old Quad, but the Swallow tail cut out is a little more exaggerated and just cooler looking.
I didn't want it too fast so I made it with a little less area so that I can still put on the brakes, even though the board ends up a little wider from the hips forward at 20 1/8" which means it will be 20 1/4 once it's glassed.
As for the glassing, this time I went with a 4 and 6 oz. on top and a 4 oz s-glass on the bottom.
As for the rocker: It's about the same as my old Quad. A little less in front to help it catch bigger waves and possibly a little more out the back since there is little bit more "V" off the rear of it.
I'm becoming more accustomed to how a power planner works on a piece of foam.
So this time I shaped a board in a fraction of the time it took on the last one.
This time in just one session I shaped the board and painted some stuff on both sides of the board.
I've got a few more ideas on how I'm going to speed up the process the next time.
First off is that I will be using the planner more because I'll probably use the same blank and I'll know what I can take off of it before hand.
I'm also going to use some EPP foam, (the kind RC Gliders and bodyboards are made from,) and I'm going to make Rail shape templates, so making the rails the same on both sides will be easier and faster if I have something to check them with.
Then there is a number things I can do to speed up the painting process too.
I figure I found a good use for one of my roller tool boxes with a lift-out tray too, because just a Rubbermaid tote just becomes a mess and it's wasting my time.
I figure the Stoneman has been put out to pasture:
Rule Numbers- 26
If this board can't catch a wave, nothing will.
It ended up being 2 11/16" thick and holds it pretty well.
April 20, 2016: posted on 4-21-15
5'10.5" x 13.75" x 20 1/8" x 15 7/8" x 2 11/16"
It's got a thick nose, but the tail thins down quite a bit. And believe it or not, there are a lot of people who like the way I left the nose a little thicker on my boards. I guess there are many out there who had broken noses on there boards before. (Like I did once, to a new one, on the second day of using it.)
On this Quad's nose, it looks real thick because it's actually crowned at the stringer but from 6" back the rails are not any thinker than my old Quad as well as most other boards, and at 6"back the concave starts to happen so looking at it from the side is deceiving. Out the back about at the middle of the from fins it's actually a mild double concave even across, -to a light Vee off the tail.
Got something accomplished today:
Rule Numbers- 35 & 55
User friendly rail gauges.
Something to compare to as ground zero.
May 11th, 2016:
I like the way the ends can open up for extra thickness but the radius stays near the same.
I think EPP is the ideal foam to make them out of.
Obviaouly I made three for three different position in the board and one extra for where I plan to take the next board to with an extra 1/8" of thickness.
I plan to make some up of my own design, but for my next board for bigger waves, I figure that there is going to be a far amount of chop so a more forgiving rail is a good thing.
Once you have a set of these, it's easy to see how one side of a board is thicker than the other, even on a board that was probably originally cut out by a machine, (like my old round tail.)
Sounds like a shoot out of two sorts.
Some folks where trying to compare my two boards.
Well I'll be the first to say that they are not much for comparison because they are made to two different types of waves. However, to be honest, the Flying P would have to be the hotter board, but below head high waves, the Kah-plunker has to be the one to take out. None the less, the Kah-plunker sure seems to be growing on folks.
You have to admit, depending on what angle you look at if from, it appears to present itself in different shapes. Like there is still a tad bit of the Al Merrick hip because the tail has all of the same angles and shape as my old Flyer Quad other than being almost an 1/8 wider. The added width of 1/2" to the Board starts to widen from the hips forward and that's why the hips are still there but not as prominent.
And I see where I should have sanded a little more on the template in the nose area, if I was to want a more common nose shape. But I would rather copy what I did on another template board first, because if I did sand those spots a little more I might just decide I liked it better the way it is now. So I'll just save it the way it is just encase I want to go back to what I've got.
Just one of those things you just can't see in a flat piece of fiberboard.
This is where it starts:
May 18, 2016:
(The makings of a new big wave board.)
Picked up the 65R blank yesterday.
I've got a few more preparations to do yet:
Like I made a better little sharky template today, and I think I'm going to make a few more rail templates before hand too.
I think I'm going to pick up a heat gun to help speed up my paint jobs too.
Just looking at the picture, you can see I picked a better blank for the board this time.
I also went with the blue foam because a little more weight isn't going to hurt so much because it actually helps make the board a little more stable in chop, and when you hit the board in big waves, you tend to hit the board a bit harder, so a more dense foam can be a good thing if you want it to look nice after awhile. None the less, the board won't get near is much use as my others so I think it should be built to last a long time.
I'm going to go with the 6-4 E glass on top and the 4 S glass on bottom because it sure seems to hold up pretty well.
And after looking at the blank, I think I can keep the original 6' 5" length, and I'm thinking of only adding 1/8 to the width of the original. Also I'll bring the thickness to 2 5/8" and bring more of it up the front of the board so it should paddle a lot better than than my old one.
This time around I'm going to pay more attention to my measurements so that the end product in more like I intended instead of just letting it take it's own like my other two.
I should mention that there are a lot of guys who happen to like the way I shaped the nose outline on my Kah-plunker. I've decided I like it to because it's still sharp at the tip area. Sure I could have put a little more radius in it and even made my board and inch shorter, but I think it helps smooth out the bumps and plow through the water better during those times I bury the nose.
(In the picture about, you can see just how thick I left the nose, but just the other day, I drove that think into the sand pretty hard. It didn't come up broken, and that's a good thing.)
Got my own Biggun Rocker template:
Rule Numbers: 1, 4, 10, 29, 35 & 55
May 22th, 2016:
Also came up with a M-4 inspired Quad template
(Had a template from that Bag of glue I had and I realized I was never going to use it so I reshaped it into something better. (Next to it is my 6'5" stretched M-4 template.)
It should be just under 6 ft. and about 19 3/4" wide.
I also made up my own rocker template for a big wave board.
The deal is, my original M-4 was a signal to double concave; and then there was a flip in the tail that pretty much took away any of the Vee that was there. So I if I was wanting to leave a Vee for better handling in a tube, I would need to have less flip in the tail to do so. Otherwise I could end up with too much rocker in the tail when using the original template. (Something I was worried about on the Flying Panamanian, but it turned out just fine because I compensated for it by lessening the flip.)
Also it is better to have a milder rocker template to gauge from because it's always easier to and rocker to the ends than it is to take away rocker in the middle. (Kinna like Rule # 53 )
The lower photo has the original M-4 Rocker guide with the Biggun placed on top so you can see the shuttle difference.
I also went over my old boards and made rail gauges.
I also got my hand on a shapers square for laying out fins and checking widths. I'll have to say, that the boards I made are much more accurate than than my old boards that were originally cut on a machine. I can tell you right now, my own craftsmanship as a shaper is superb.
If you look at the selection of rail templates I put together, the MBM at 20" up is more like the rails I put on the Flying Panamanian. That got me thinking.
The photo Below shows how I fine tuned the gauges I put together.
It may not be a gun, but I'm calling it the "Bigun."
Rule Numbers: 35 & 55
Shaped on May 29, 2016 and posted June 16th:
It has my own design of a mellow rocker with a turned up nose.
Got less concave and flip in the tail area than my original round tail. At the rear of the front fins there is a slight even double concave and ends up being a slight Vee off the tail end.
Just a tad under 6' 4" (6' 3-3/4") and 19-1/2" wide with a 14-3/4" tail, 12-1/4" nose and 2-11/16", but with glass it is 2 3/4". (The original was 6'5" 19-1/4", 14-1/2", 11-1/4", 2-1/2".)
The template is the same as the original except the last foot of the nose is pulls in faster in order make it an inch shorter to make it fit the bank I used and the tail has a bit more pin to it because its sort of a big wave gun but still under 7 ft.
I'm counting on the extra foam and the mild rocker to make it into waves better than the Flying Panamanian.
It does look a bit beefy but the deck tappers off more than my other two boards. It looks more like the more typical but it still has the extra thickness to the nose stinger I used on my other boards.
My rail guides sure helped out at truing up the thing and getting the end result I was looking for without having brainwash eyes.
I think the thing I learned mostly this time around was how to use a rasp: gently without pushing too hard. (It doesn't tear up the foam so much but cuts faster then sanding.) Wish I would have figure that out before earlier; it would have sped up things up. None the less, I still took too long, but I think a second time around on the same kind of blank would naturally speed things up.
Got a nice & clean glass job:
I went with 6 & 4 oz. E on the deck and 4 oz S on the bottom.
It's on the heaver side on purpose. I went with Blue foam because a little weight can actually be a good thing in choppy waves. (Which we usually have when we get big waves around here.)
As for the final sanding, I did it myself.
I worked on a racing sailboat while I was in Australia. They don't use power sanders on the bottoms so they hire people to wet block sand the whole bottoms by hand.
So I guess it might make my surfboard faster.
Got a Stephenie Gilmore Track Pad for it.
I figured the colors would go pretty good for one of my paint jobs, and isn't she quite a babe?
Of course I did my own modification to it too.
Just Bluffing Yah All:
July 18th, 2016: Posted on August 8th 2016
Disregard all I told you all about the rails on my Quad.
I was just bull shitting you all, and then some.
And everyone in their brother has been talking about what happened to my Quad.
But you know me and my reluctance to create rumors, so refrained from contaminating the rumor mill.
Let's just say that the surfing industry is more like the Hollywood film industry than you would think.
It's quite similar in the way that Hollywood people will stand up for a criminal who is in prison by doing him favors.
Just as the surfing industry will protect and stand behind their own murder, and even do favors for him.
The only thing you can really call it is Evil and it's not difficult to realize that there are plenty within the surfboard manufacturing industry who will stand behind it.
I may not be a famous as Kelly Slater is to the surfing community, however, to those outside of the surfing community, I have little doubt they know of him anymore than they do of me. And for the impression they are getting of the surfing community, it sure is not a very good one.
Pretty creepy if you ask me.
See the deal is: If a perpetrator pulls something on you, the last thing you want then to think is that they were successful.
Reason being is that they will have a more difficult time proving to others that they did what they did.
Or in this case, they would begin telling others what they did so that they would make others think I didn't know what I was talking about.
Like if I would have come right out and published what I figured had happened to it, I doubt it if anyone would have believed me.
So I was better off having someone else trying to prove me wrong.
What I'm getting at is that not only my first surfboard got sabotaged, so did my third.
Thinking just putting the Glassing responsibilities in the hands of other professionals would solve the problem, just isn't the case.
See the deal is: that just about anyone can walk in through the doors at Global Glassing and take a sanding screen pad to someones board. (But it was an inside job by the management from what I heard and everyone know just who.)
But of course it just may not be just anybody, and that is what the bluff was all about. Just to get them talking.
Yeah, the flip in the tail just isn't there anymore and the board went from 20 & 1/8" before glassing to 20 1/8 after. (See the deal is: it should have ended up at 20 & 1/4".)
The way I see it is that the perpetrator not only sanded the small radius edge off the bottom taking out some of the concave as well as the flip. They also sanded the radius off the outer rails making them boxy feeling and what many shapers would call a very hard rail and sharp ones at that. (Not very user friendly.)
Get this: I even went back acting as if I was gullible enough to want them to do another board, just to hear what was said behind my back and see just how eager they would be to glass another one for me, but all I heard from someone who probably wasn't even one of their own employees was that I was a good shaper.
Another thing I would like to mention: is that I couldn't help but notice the Kelly Slater rice paper labels just spewing out of the shelf, as if someone wanted everyone and there brother to notice them.
And when it boils down to who actually sabotaged my board, I pretty much suspect one or the other and I'm pretty sure I know just who did it because that was the very reason I went back acting like I was stupid enough to go back for a third time. (I could see it in his eyes.)
Anyhow, just as I figured, the last few days, all us locals have heard about is how my board was sabotaged.
Boy, with those odds, of two out of four, I would just be smarter to just by one off the store rack and save myself the trouble of making one myself.
But then again, I could just pay myself the $50 per hour and glass them myself. No doubt I can build a better board than any production board, because that is what they are.
None the less, my Quad is still a good board for 2 to three foot stuff that isn't over head. Anything over that, I got a Flying P that can handle that. And I sure learned one thing, the farther I can stay away from the surfboard industry around here, the better off I can be.
Got a portable glassing stand and a new paint job on the way:
August 12, 2016:
I also made a jig for routing the fin boxes:
My next Quad just fits the 6 ft R blank
You can see the lines of the Unibrow and its funky hip in there somewhere, and I realized I was never going to shape one so I drew out the M4 template inside it so that I had something to go by.
I think I'm going to bring in the nose a bit because it is running just over 13 inches and I think I'm going to make it a little sharper at about 12.5 inches.
Gonna name her Sally:
Rule Numbers: 26
August 30th, 2016:
5-11 19-7/8 15-3/4 2-5/8
It's a Quad of course
I don't think I need to explain the name, but it has to do something about a girl I knew who went by the name, Marry. (She said, "everyone has needs.")
None the less, Sally just seemed fit my new board better.
Got contoured pads on my rack. Just something that you don't get on those store boughten racks.
Plus its lighter and tears sets up and down real easy. Portable you could say.
I was going for a bit lightness and went for the Red US foam, but next time I'm going for either Millennium or Arctic foam because it's just too much of a hassle trying to do anything with foam that is so damn soft.
Hence the reason I kept the paint job real simple.
The Helpful Hint: those stick on foam letters at the 99 cent store work pretty good for stencils. (I latter used a small artist paint brush wit white paint to fix them up and covered the stringer.)
My new Quiver Rack:
Rule Numbers: 35
September 16th, 2016:
If I take off the fins, I can fit two more.
But the question is: what do I do with all them if I'm glassing a new board?
Guess I could stake them on my bed, and I have room for one under the Bigun hanging on the other side
You can see the difference, of the flip in the tail of the Kah-Plunker and the increased tail rocker on Sally.
It doesn't take much to notice that there is quite a bit if interest in Sally going around. It seems like everybody and their brother is talking about her.
Needless to say, for being my fifth board, I did a mighty fine job of coming up with a board many wouldn't mind having.
It's like I've got more control over it when riding it than any other board I've ever had.
Just looking at it, any shaper would tell you it's a well refined board. Maybe a bit remarkable for the first one up, and I have to say that if I was to shape another one, I can't think of anything about it I would want to change.
And no, it's not an M5
Just check out the template, You can see I only used the M4 template line as a reference line to draw something that gave me guide to the angles I wanted use.
The outline everyone likes so much is all mine from nose to tail.
The nose too had a touch of the Kah-plunker's, but narrowed and more high performance looking.
The nose sure works nice paddling into a wave.
Its the first board I've never had to pay much attention to how much of the nose is sticking out of the water before I paddle into a wave. To say the least, it's got a good variable launch position and not so critical so that's probably why I haven't done any pearl diving on it. (I think it also happens to be the placement of foam that has something to do with it.)
Another thing that makes me happy is that I think I've found a new home for the front AM1 fins I never use. I tried them out on the second session and didn't notice that much of a difference.
I can usually tell when something is too loose easier than when something is too tight, and that wasn't the case. (I guess bigger waves will tell.)
Sun of a Bitch
Rule Numbers- 40 & 50
October 4th, 2016:
I should have learned on the Flying P.
That silly idea of working on the top deck first bit, just isn't too smart.
The deal is I got anxious to use my new power sander and cut down the nose were the planer doesn't want to work so good. (inside of a curve.)
Anyhow, after I got the skin of the top deck I flipped it over and started the bottom by taking away material for the flip in the kick, when I should have been sinking the rocker gauge in at the nose first, because the next thing I knew, my tail end was too thin.
I actually had to redraw and shorten my board by an inch just to get what I got, -witch isn't much.
I suppose I'll have to remove some of the bottom of the leash plug and place a small patch of cloth on the deck just to make one fit.
Anyhow, the end result:
Is that the M4 rocker wasn't going to work for me and I had to go with the rocker from my old Quad. (Same as Sally but with the traditional flip in the tail since it's a three fin jobber.
The nose and tail are thinner so I left it at 2-11/6" thick to compensate for it. (However, I think the foam placement balance is good.)
By time it's glassed, it should be 20" wide and the tail at 15.5.
The nose area is narrower than Sally's at 12-3/4".
I dropped the deck at the rails a little more than Sally's which gave the Bitch smaller rails, (but still soft and user friendly.)
Got a yard of rubber spreader:
And I got the 3/4" one pass
I'm picking up a better spraygun today. The new sanding pad for my power sander will have to wait until next month.
Sally likes the big ones
October 16th, 2016:
She handles over head just fine.
Competition for the Flying P
Take-off -Off the lip; no problem.
The refined rock she has, she has proven worthy of taking waves late, much better than all the other Quads I've ridden.
Funny thing: I've found myself stepping back instead of forward as I'm used to doing with my other boards. (A sign I got her set at the right length.)
No doubt she has a few fans.
By far the best board I've shaped so far.
A few days away:
I'll get to see how good the Fat Bitch is.
Yeah, I should have taken a second session to fine tune the bitch, but I was just too anxious to get the pockets in and some paint one her and I didn't want to wait around doing nothing until night time.
But I did break my previous time by shaping her in 4 hours, which I figure isn't bad for a rooky.
None the less, I should have taken another 1/8 inch off the deck because she's a bit thicker than I would like to see.
But then again, as soon as I changed the rocker template, I realized that I was making a board to replace the Kah-plunker and not the Flying P like I originally planed.
Anyhow, there a lot less surface area under the Bitch than the Kah-plunker, and the thick area is within the chest and belly area and no doubt it will come in handy for those days when the waves have less pitch and just plain mushy from on-shore winds.
I can say that the foil looks pretty good and the slimed down width should make her a little easier to get back out.
The disappointing part about her is her weight. I think she weighs more than the Kah-plunker even though the volume is about the same or even a little less. (I think it has to do with the Millennium red foam is a little heavier then the US Blanks red.)
It's got me thinking about trying a 4E & 4S deck with a small patch of 4E in the chest area and a 4S bottom and may be something I might do next time around. I figure that if I make a new board every month, the added durability of the 6E isn't so important as it used to be when I had less boards and I had to keep them longer. But then again, I'm not really into the jerky type stuff the other surfers are into so I really don't see having a lighter board is going to advance my surfing much, because I'm just not into trying to be a mister pro surfer type. I kind of like having a smoother style, cause just watching some of those other mister pro-surfer guys gives me a headache. It's like they are trying too hard and they are exhausting just watching them.
Lining out the numbers:
6-0 15-3/16 19-3/4 12-3/4 2-11/16
Its a narrowed Bitch with a M-4 tail
November 18th, 2016:
The start of board #6
Trying to get the end result I originally aimed for.
The question is: whether to label them them before glassing or after.
I'm guessing most shapers just add an eight inch to what they shape.
So that's what I did with this one, however I figure that the thickness will probably end up being more like 2-11/16".
As for the rocker: I sure like they way this one turned out because it should let me in on big waves. And I really like the rails on this one because in the middle of the board they are almost the size of my old M-4, user friendly and a little sharper off the tail.
I took three sessions to get it done this time. The first: was just to get the bottom rocker right and the skin off the deck, and then I drew the outlines and cut out the shape.
The second session: was doing the most of the basic shaping with the rails and all.
The third session was short: because I was able to compare over night and decided to bring down the top side of the rails to make them smaller and to make it feel thinner while carrying it under the arm.
Got the shaping down, but my glassing needs some work.
I think I just need to stick with 3/4% catalyst.
My thermometer said 75 degrees, but it still kicked off too soon for me on the bottom cloth.
It's the Bomb:
Rule Numbers: 35
November 25, 2016:
Everyone needs a secret weapon.
If you thought Flying Panamanian was any good, this one is that much better. Both have the milder rocker for getting into bigger waves, this one has more foam and nicer rails. (A result of having a better blank to start out with.) It is a bit heavier than the Flying Panamanian is a bit lighter but that's what you get with more volume and better durability.
Its a step up from Sally you could say, but the extra volume will help it catch the weaker waves.
A full Quiver and then some:
December 3rd, 2016:
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On Trump buying jobs
It's not about saving jobs at all: Its a publicity stunt.
Do the numbers. There is still going to be 1,200 leaving. 300 white collar jobs were not leaving anyway. And there is only 800 getting to stay; so he didn't even save half of them.
And if you play with the number, the money lost in the deal would have been able to pay for 800 people on Social Security for a year.
Meaning that it equal to $8,750.oo per job saved over ten years, or $875.oo per year per job. At $25.oo hour, that's not even one weeks pay.
It's just giving money away from where I sit.
He would have been more effective if he would have threatened not only a matched tariff to what Mexico charges the US, but he could have added an extra 5 or 10% on top of the 15% Mexico tacks onto US goods.
If he would have proposed something like that, he would have saved 2,000 jobs and we would not have lost one cent over it.
Hell, the only reason that whole bit came up was because some employee upload the cell phone video of the announcement and it went viral and it got Donald's attention, hand he hopped on the bandwagon.
Now he's going to have a shit load of companies want to play the same game of getting money for nothing.
That kind of shit only bleeds this country.
On the gal who got abducted and branded:
Gotta figure after the media put their name and house on TV, you can bet that gal is going to be packing a gun from now on.
Mounted the Traction Pad today:
December 6, 2016:
Going to take a hack saw to it tomorrow, to make my own customization.
I guess I don't even have to say what else I did today because the word is all over the place.
I've got two things on my to do list. One is get my hands on another set of fins, and the other is make me another swallow tail Quad.
I did pick-up a digital scale. I learned that my Fat Bitch is actually heavier then the Kah-Plunker. I'm Guessing that the foam is what made the Bitch heavier, (by about 3.5 ounces,) but strangely enough, it surfs as if it is lighter. As for the Cherry Bomb, its about 4 ounces lighter than the Bitch.
I think once I start weighing the shaped blanks before glassing them, I'll get a better idea of the volume and weight I end up with when the are finished. (I'm willing to bet that a lot of shapers are fallowing my lead and Harbor freight has been moving a shit load of scales.)
From what I gather, going with all 4 oz cloth, a board runs 6 to 6 1/2 pounds and going with 6-4 & 4 ends up being about 7 1/2.
Or 110 ounces verses 125 ounces. I figure that there is some trade off involved in the extra weight as far sas durability. And another is that the S-glass on the bottom does glass out a little lighter than E-glass, so....
However, my Bigun with the heavier blue foam ran it up to 8.1 pounds or 130.1. None the less, I think I'm going to be going by ounces because the simplicity of it. With Track pads that weigh about 3.35 ounces, the Flying P came in at 6.875 pounds or 109.95 oz. The Fat Bitch came in at 7.925 or 126.8; Sally came in at 7.562 lbs. or 121.25 oz. The Kah-plunker 7.786 or 123.32.
Archives from December 5th, 2014 thru January 28th 2015:
Flying Panamanian #1
6'2" 12-1/2" 19-7/8" 15" 2-3/8"
Widest point two inches back
Thickest point 4-5 inches back and the thicker nose tip is for floating balance while paddling.
Dennis James Sattler
Owner of Synchro-link Surf
The format is so that the entries unfold in chronological order. Top to Bottom, so most resent entries are at the bottom portion of this web-page. Occasionally there will be a news type feature at the top.
December 5th, 2014
thru January 28th 2015:
Are you land locked?
Got a Motorboat?
Are you into Wakeboards yet?
Well I know some guys who are not only good at glassing surfboards, but they've been at the forefront of the Wakeboarding Trend,
they know what works.
Bookman black 3
bookman blac 3.