this is the best way i've found. as mentioned, it works best for shortboards. the closer to 6'0" the better. once you've divided by 61 (i actually think 60.02 is a touch more accurate, but whatever), if you divide the quotient by 28.32, it'll give you an approximate volume in cubic feet (cu.ft.), which is how mike & the guys at coil do their volumes.
Originally Posted by PhiloSurfer
\nex: 6'4"x19.25"x2.5" CI Fort Knox = 31.7L
\nby the above formula, you'd get (38x19.25x2.5+40=1868.75/60.02=) 31.14L
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Yeah I agree these are all proven ways... but wouldnt the steps I was thinking about would give a very close number on volume? I mean a 15 inch long string laid out as a square or a circle contains the same area, no?
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I'm not sure if the string method works. If you change the plan shape with the strings then you change the area, even if the length of the strings is constant. If the area is different, the volume is different. (Imagine the area of a circle created by the rim of a paper cup. Then squeeze it into an oval. Then squeeze the oval until the two sides touch. The area of this new shape is zero-' + '-or close to zero-' + '-even though the length of the rim hasn't changed.) I suppose there are ways around this problem....
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just seems excessively complex/labor intensive when there are reasonably proven equations to get the same result. it doesn't have to be super precise...volume's just another # to be taken in conjunction w/ all the other dims.
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Constant perimeter (the string) doesn't make for a constant area. If the string is 20 inches long you could make it into a a 5 in by 5 in square with an area of 25 square inches. You could also make the string into a 8 in by 2 in rectangel with an area of 16 square inches. The circle will result in the largest area. Just saying.
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Its a 3dimensional process... wouldnt the thickness would be greater on the rectangle than the square?.... the only way I can know is if I try and see if the method matches one of my surfboard which I already know the volume of. Will give it a go when I can.
Originally Posted by silas
thanks for the thoughts on the matter too!
Last edited by MFitz73; Feb 8, 2013 at 01:16 PM.
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Feb 8, 2013, 02:00 PM
I made the assumption that your avg thickness wouldn't change. Say your avg thickness is 2 in. Using the square and the rectangle in the previous post, the volumes would be 50 cubic inches and 32 cubic inches respectively.
\n It might be just as quick to measure the width of the board 10 times at equal intervals to get an average width, then multiply that by your avg thickness and then multiply by the length of the board. The more measurements you take the better the approximation will be.
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Feb 8, 2013, 01:47 PM
You guys should talk to Mike Daniel's on the Coil Ride Report thread over at Swaylocks. He's got volume dialed in.
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Feb 8, 2013, 03:33 PM
Using 42's formula, my hpsb's volume is about 36.7 L or about 1.29 cu ft.
\nThe Firewire volume calculator here: http://www.firewiresurfboards.com/qu...olume_calc.php says I need a minimum volume of 41 L (max 45) or 1.45 cu ft (max 1.59 cu ft). For the record, I entered 6'6x20x2.75 as my board dims (and that might even be slightly exaggerated), "intermediate/advanced" skill level (I'm way past my prime), average fitness at 49 years old, and 190lbs.
\nJust for the sake of discussion... My board is not undervolumed. It floats me fine and catches waves as easily, if not easier, than my 7'0 East Coast Gun. I'll admit it does not paddle like the 7'0... or like even like my fish (volume 38.4 L or 1.35 cu ft). My point to all this is volume is only one indicator of how well a board "fits" you and meets your performance needs. Rocker, foil, template, rail volume... and a bunch of other design elements, but these are the most important to me... all have to be factored in. Consider a wide nosed board with a lot of entry rocker... that board will push a lot of water and be more difficult to paddle. Pull in the nose template, or lower the entry curve and it makes a big difference. Consider a board that's too thin in the nose, lacking balanced volume in relation to the location of thick point and wide point (center of volume).
\nI think of overall board volume as most important when paddling, and not necessarily the most important factor in wave catching or overall performance. A balanced foil/rocker/template design matters at least as much. Calculating volume is relatively new in the surfboard industry, and it's getting a lot of attention... and that's good. It's an important element of design. But it's not a "magic number" by any stretch, and is sometimes over emphasized.
Last edited by LBCrew; Feb 8, 2013 at 03:48 PM.
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Quick/Dirty way to calculate volume...
Hey guys... so I had this idea, I have yet to test it but will when I get a chance.... on a way to calculate a roundabout general ballpark area for surboard volume.
This is probably used by people today but I have not read it anywhere...
so here are the steps...
1. run a string down the rail from nose stringer all the way down to tail stringer, taping the string if you need to on the rail, to keep it on the outtermost area of the rail. then do the same down the other rail.
2. attach the 4 ends of the string that meet at the tail(2) and the nose(2), either by taping or tieing them together.
3. get the thickness of the board at the tail, the nose area and the middle of the board.
then add them up and divide by 3 to get the average thickness of the board.
4. then remove the string from the board but still attached to itself where it meets at the nose and the tail and with 4 steaks or something to hold corners make the string into a square or rectangle shape(whichever you want) and use an online volume calculator like the one here to calcutate from h x w x thickness:
and you should be able to get a very close ball park of your boards volume...
would this work to get a close number you think?
I have a board that I know the volume of so I will test this when I get a chance.