Futures: never had this happen

Discussion in 'Surfboards and Surfboard Design' started by waterbaby, Aug 8, 2013.

  1. waterbaby

    waterbaby Well-Known Member

    Oct 1, 2012
    I've had many boards with future fin boxes, but just bought a new one, put a set of fiberglass fins in...then couldn't get them back out.

    yeah, I've had futures difficult to get out because of sand or water suction (or just a tight box, etc), but never on a brand new board and never this stubborn. These fins would not come out even after about an hour of tugging, wetting and every other non-destructive technique you can imagine.

    Finally, I had to resort to drastic measures: a flat head screwdriver as a wedge. Fortunately, the fins I installed are oversized twins, so the front edge goes past the fin box...there was barely enough room to wedge something under that lip. Of course, I almost had to destroy the lip to force the fin out, but I was luckily able to do minimal damage.

    Turns out some leftover glass had made it into the fin boxes (neglected by QC) and were creating a wedge effect that wouldn't release the fin (never seen that before).

    Moral of the story is always check the inside of brand new Future fin boxes for residual glass/lumps and chip them off...if you put standard fins with these little wedges in there, you will not be able to get the fins out without damaging them, or worse, the board. If the fins seem difficult to get in the new box, you might have a "wedgy".
    Last edited: Aug 9, 2013
  2. newenglandflatness

    newenglandflatness Well-Known Member

    Oct 12, 2012
    This happened to me in my 5th box the first time I threw in the nubster (my small wave board is a quad+1), probably partially because the nubster is so small it's hard to get any torque to get the fin out. I put a piece of sand paper on both sides of the fin (little bit of padding but still grippy), and then took a set of pliers and gently clamped the fin (using the sandpaper between the fin and the pliers), and it came right out.

  3. Erock

    Erock Well-Known Member

    Aug 6, 2011
    I love tight boxes... I married one.
  4. sisurfdogg

    sisurfdogg Well-Known Member

    Jun 17, 2013
    Next time try Windex.
  5. Wave Maven

    Wave Maven Well-Known Member

    Nov 20, 2012
    Had the exact same thing happen. Still can't get them out. Not sure what to do.
  6. DawnPatrol321

    DawnPatrol321 Well-Known Member

    Mar 6, 2012
    Just get a big ole bottle of Astroglide
  7. nynj

    nynj Well-Known Member

    Jul 27, 2012
    Use some Soul Glow