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carl macdonald 28th April 2008 11:34 AM

broken screws in isonic boards
Hi everyone,

I was wondering if anyone has had problems? I have broken 3 in the last 7 months and tighen the screw as advised everytime i ride. - even broke one when screwing a screw into the board. Have had several starboard's and 1st ever issue.

Thanks in advance for any feedback.

Carl .

Roger 28th April 2008 12:19 PM

Hi Carl,
Are you breaking fin screws, or footstrap screws?
Since you mention "screwing a screw into the board" I'll take a guess that you are breaking the footstrap screws.
Are you using a power tool to drive them in, or the Tiki tool (or other #3 Phillips screwdriver?
Make sure the screws are 6 mm x 28 mm long PT screws (the stock FS screws provided with all Starboards).
If the screws were too long, then they would bottom out.
Also make sure you are using all the correct "stack up" of washers and K9 locks so the thickness of the "assembly" is correct, or the screw could also bottom out.
I suggest you get a bar of bath tub soap (the kind you use to take a bath) and "lube" the screws with soap before installing them.
They will go in much easier, won't loosen up, and you can get them a little tighter as well.
Perhaps you are just tightening them too much. Maybe soap the screws and just snug them up, then go back after a couple of sessions and retighten them again.
Hope this helps,

carl macdonald 28th April 2008 02:17 PM

Hi Roger,

I meant footstrap screws. I tighten them everytime i sail with the starboard screwdriver and standard starboard screws supplied with board. Broken one, thought it was me but then after 3 - i'm a little concerned. Another local sailor has had the same problems.

Thanks for you reply.


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