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RadiantX 13th November 2009 04:31 AM

Footstrap screws - bent?
Hi all,

There's a little bit out there on this topic but nothing that really answers why it happens.

Adjusting my straps further back on my 09 Futura last night I found the 2 screws on the right front strap were both bent. All the others ok. I'm very careful screwing in my screws as I'm always concerned about threading the inserts etc. I apply soap, make sure the screws go in straight and hand tighten firmly (but not to the extreme!). I also re tighten after a few sessions on the water. Any idea's on why this would happen?


Ola_H 13th November 2009 02:01 PM

Do you have a pic? Are the bent a lot? Are they bent close to the head?

RadiantX 14th November 2009 05:02 AM

No problem Ola_H. One is bent closer to the head the other from further down, I think mid way.

Ken 15th November 2009 02:37 AM


My guess is that the first time you attached the foot straps, you didn't come back and re-tighten them after a few sessions. It takes some time for the material to compress and after a few sessions, the straps become a bit lose. They usually twist some, which is the warning that they the screws are not tight. If this is what happened to you, then they may have bent as a result.

Next time, re-tighten the screws after every couple of sessions, until they stay tight.

RadiantX 15th November 2009 09:16 AM

Cheers Ken!

Yeah, quite strange. I generally do check the screws after every few sessions. I guess every session is even better!

Ola_H 19th November 2009 08:47 PM

Looks strange. Maybe the problem indeed is that they were not tightened enough after the straps and pads compressed.

FIN555 3rd December 2009 04:55 PM

Or maybe there is problem with the screw material?
Some stainless steel alloys can be quite soft.

Mike T 13th December 2009 07:17 AM

Radiant X
I've seen this with a friends SB Aero after he got catapulted and broke the nose of his board. Almost all his foot strap screws where loose and bent especially the starboard side because of starboard tack jumps. You could put a SS metric split washer or (internal locking star washer)+(they are very thin) under them if it's a real problem with the screws coming loose after a short session or just keep the screw driver handy! I also agree with the other post about the material getting compressed over time so you have to keep snugging down the screws. I'd just replace the bent screws and keep them snug! Mike

Roger 13th December 2009 07:41 AM

Starboard has come out with some new footstrap screws that are 7mm PT vice the previous 6mm PT (Plastics Tech) screws.
If you install the new 7mm screws, with a #3 Phillips screwdriver and use some soap as a lubricant, you will probably solve all your loosening/bending/breaking issues.
Not sure where you can get them, but they are std. on all new Starboards manufactured since around mid September 2009.
According to Tiesda, they will screw into the existing FS screw holes that accepted the 6mm screws just fine.
Lubricating the screws with a bar of soap, and using the correct #3 screwdriver has always worked nicely for me.
Never pulled one out, never broke one, and, after a couple of retightenings (from initial installation) they do not loosen up. I've had somewhere around 100 Starboards in my demo fleet over the last 10 years.
Hope this helps,

RadiantX 18th December 2009 09:33 AM

I've since upgraded to a new Futura101 (I wanted to go smaller in volume). The new 7mm screws were initially harder to install but with some soap and a bit of force they go in nicely once they grip. I now check the tightness of the screws during and after I sail. So far so good. I appreciate all the advice!

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