Emass: All waterskis used to be made from wood. I learned how to waterski on a set of **** Pope Jr.'s made by Cypress Gardens Waterskis--they were pretty ubiquitous around here. I still have one that we use as decoration in the house but is currently in a room under redecoration. I'll post a pic of it when I get a chance. I used to have an old Cypress Gardens trick ski but it got lost in a move at some point (ie a chitthead roommate probably absconded with it). Those are pretty rare.
took the fat model out in the water today for the first time. It was a blast shouldve taken some pics maybe next time. Cant tell you the last time I went home with so much sand in every orifice of my body and shorts though.... Ahh the beach break.
Alright! I finally got a chance to give them a spin for about an hour today in 2.5' @ 10 second low tide waves from 11a-12p right on the South side of Crystal--it was surprisingly lined up pretty nice but a little fat then pitching on the inside.
I don't have any swim fins at the moment and there was no way I was going to use my 4' long spearing fins without my pink tutu and glow sticks, so I stole my wife's fins..... They're big on her and she wears neoprene socks with them, so I thought I would be ok although tight.... Well.... Let's just say I've got 5 blisters on the tops of my toes that I just ripped off and applied liquid bandage (been a long-time user, best first aid item ever) on top of them. Not sure I have ever felt pain quite so acute--liquid bandage always stings but this was insane. Anyway, back to the ride report...
I caught about 15 or so waves with each board to see if I could tell a difference in the different bottom designs. The one with the Wenge stringer and the vee through the middle tracked a little more straight than the other with deep single concave and keels--but that was about all I could tell in this preliminary session. Both boards gave me a good bit of speed down the line as they should, I out ran a couple of the mushier waves.
They both really turned on in the steeper, barreling waves. It was like stepping on the gas as soon as I got in the pocket, I was able to keep up with the barrel until it finally closed out. Again, it didn't matter which board I was using, so I'm sure it's just the effect of using a hand board (which I'd never done before).
One thing I'm going to do on the next couple I make is to considerably foil the rails. These two have really full rails and I want to see how much a change in that variable affects the performance.
Here's a pic of them after their maiden voyages:
The straps are quick and dirty. I went to a hardware store and got the following: nylon fairleads, 3/8" stainless screws, 4' 1/2" poly strapping and 1/2" strapping buckles. Once I got home I got really safe and pulled out my wife's sewing machine--but it couldn't handle the thickness, so I had to do it by hand. I suck at sewing by hand, so we'll see how long my handiwork lasts. I have yet to cut up an old wetsuit to sew together some sleeves to go over the strapping to make it a little more comfy (even though they are by no means uncomfortable how they are). In any case it should be a nice aesthetic touch. But, at least they are adjustable so my friends with monkey hands and those with "soft hands" can give 'em a go.
Next time I'm also going to figure out how to put some leash plugs in them--I have to experiment with how much depth I can take out of them without affecting their strength.
Why router a hole for a leash plug though? A leash plug is just something to loop a string through, right? It gets its strength because its edges are under a layer of fiberglass, with a little resin underneath. You could do something that rises out of the surface of the handplane rather than removing material. Kind of like the old fiberglass loops they glassed on before leashplugs.
picture ganked from sway's
Just a thought.
Those turned out sick.
nice planes erock!
Aaaaaaaand speaking of my newest experiments:
I've got a couple irreparable poly boards hanging around and I've been trying to make some space in my shed, so I got a bright idea this rainy-assed morning. I pulled out this old mini longboard (about 8') my dad found god-knows-where a couple years ago and took it over to the shop with the intent or ripping all the glass off. I grabbed the Dremel, threw on a cutting wheel and sliced a line all the way around the rail line (I'm gong to once again pre-apologize for the poor picture quality and not taking enough photos--I got in a safety-induced zone):
I think you can see the cut and the crap-tastic wax job on the board
Then I ripped all the glass off. The deck came off in almost one piece but the bottom was a b!tch.
After I stripped the glass, I took a pull saw and ran it down both sides of the stringer then cut each side of the blank down into pieces (no pics :(..)
I took one side of the nose, pulled out my original fish template then put some scaling marks on it, messed around and eventually came out with a smaller pin tailed blank:
I broke out a Sure Form and some 120p sanding screen and set about cutting a serious single concave that runs from the nose then turns into a double barrel vee kind of thing through the tail. I put some really knifed upper foils on it: