Glass ons look cooler, but it sure sucks to have to pay for board repair in the event you snap a fin off. Easier to just pull the broken off nubs out of the fin box and to slide in another fin. I like the option to switch fins personally.
This. I have snapped way to many fins surfing low tide way to far into a sandbar and tried to cut back into the wave and snap.... most time its just the fins and one time I lost a fin housing (cost me $75 total for the housing and the fins).
I wouldn't want to know the repair cost on glassed fins...I have two boards in my quiver that have glassed fins. One is my oldest short board I kept from when I was a grom that my kids use and I have a semi-gun that also has glass fins but I have only used it twice since its not needed much here and I have another gun I travel with..... with FCS housings.
I have a board with glass ons that killls it however i want to take it on a trip and i dont think itll make it through any advicee
If you pack your board properly, you can travel with a board with glassed on fins. Get three blocks of stiff foam (like 6" x 6" x 6" blocks) cut out fin slots into the blocks and just shove the foam blocks over the fins so the blocks are flush with the board and the fins are completely inside the foam blocks. Duct tape to secure the blocks in place, cardboard panel over the blocks/fin cluster, more tape. layer carpet padding around the back of the board. Done and secure. It sounds like a lot of effort but will take 30 minutes (or maybe a few hours), and your board with glass-ons will be fine.
Thinking about a bonzer with a box in the middle and glass on on the sides.
as LBCrew stated, that's the norm for bonzers. i've never had any issues traveling w/ them, & i've trucked my bonzers all over the place, costa, panama, maldives...never a problem whatsoever. those little side fins are so low profile that it's really hard for even the most determined of baggage handlers to apply the requisite force necessary to damage them through a well-packed boardbag.
what kind of bonzer are you thinking about getting? pm me if you don't want to go off-topic; i'm kind of a bonzer nerd.
Replacing a fin is pretty much the same as replacing a fin box... shops might tell you otherwise, but in my own experience not much of a difference. If I hit a rock the whole box goes... not just the fin. Just my two pennies.
I'm a big fan of the FCS Fusion setup, I like being able to switch from Tri to Quad depending on the conditions / preference that day. Also like others have said, in the event of traveling or a repair it's so much easier to deal with, and don't think you'll notice much of a difference. Trying different fins seemed foreign to me until recently, now I know how much something as simple as a different fin setup can make all the difference in the world.
I've got two HPSB's with glassed-ons. Very chippy and thin so I've yet to ride them. Are glassed-ons equally good for every type of board?
As for repair, I know fin placement and structure has immense implications on ride and performance. That said, I think a lot more people could do their own repair work if they put the time into it. It takes se board knowledge plus a minimal amount of handiwork skills. Get a beater, cloth and resin and patch up a bunch of dings, sand em down and you're that much closer to never needing professional board repair again. Now a board broken in half...can't say that's a household task. But it seems like the jury is out on if that's even a good way to go.
That said, I think a lot more people could do their own repair work if they put the time into it. It takes se board knowledge plus a minimal amount of handiwork skills.
i think you've hit the nail on the head here...in my experience, most people don't have the patience or the interest to properly fix their own dings. then they bring it to the shop where i work & ask for an estimate & balk. everyone wants it done cheap, but they want it too look like nothing ever happened. sorry kiddies, professional work takes time & costs $$$.