A few Board Questions...
- I am currently building a Ply TT.
Already got my Yacht Varnish, but would like suggestions about
painting the board, Do most home-mades just get +3 coats of varnish
or also a fancy bright coloured paint job. ?
My reason for asking is how visible is the board if not painted a
bright colour, but left natural wood colour (Pine/Darkish Yellow ?).
Read on other forum that some colours make it very hard to find/spot
your board in the surf.
F-One FreeSpirit Directional board
Has anyone got or use one of these boards ?
Would be interested to read some short reviews or know if it is any
good. Maybe for wave riding and general sailing ?
(my weight = 73kg)
Have seen a few Kitesurfing packages which include one of these
boards, or should I just get the kite and build my own ply's ?
- I've been wanting an excuse to share my experience with homemade ply
Varnished ply would be hard to spot in the water. Go to a ship
Chandlery and they will put you onto the right stuff of any colour.
I have built a LARGE TT from 4mm ply for training purposes. It's
3000mm by 50mm and weighs just under 5kg. This board ollows me to
put a beginner on the water in light wind,with a small kite,and keep
it safe. I've also found its great for "just having a go" myself. No
jumps, no spins, nothing fancy. Just having a go when everyone else
is sitting on the bank, twiddling their thumbs and toes. I use lots
of fins, especially on the heal side/middle of the board for getting
up wind. It seems to be a natural upwind board as I must consciously
turn the board downwind all the time.
Make sure you use good marine quality materials. Don't try to cut