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eric b 125 1st February 2010 10:13 PM

nose protection
i have a futura 144 but i am having difficulty finding something to protect the nose aside from the deviator. anybody have any suggestions?

Mike T 2nd February 2010 03:23 AM

If you can't get a starboard one from your local dealer. Not sure where you are at but I ordered a nose guard from NSI in Hood River OR for a Starboard Aero and it's worked real well. Hope this helps! Warm winds Michael

eric b 125 3rd February 2010 06:54 AM

awesome! thanks so much.

Mike T 3rd February 2010 08:33 AM

Eric B
I would be very carefull if you have a deviator on your board. I've seen those things rip the mast box apart on some other boards. Big sails and long masts create alot of leverage and if it goes wrong it can take the top of the box with it. Best to back wind the sail and try not to get catapulted. Good luck and warm winds. Mike

nanox 4th February 2010 07:17 PM

It actually will hurt more with the nose protector headgear.

Mike T 5th February 2010 05:59 AM


Originally Posted by nanox (Post 38757)
It actually will hurt more with the nose protector headgear.

What? Head gear? No nose job and ripped out mast box is what we are after! Warm Winds! Michael

eric b 125 5th February 2010 06:03 AM

i dont have the deviator. i've heard of their ability to tear out the mast box. some of the guys that sail at the same lake as i do have deviators, buty they are much more experienced and arent as prone to getting launched as me.

i just want to protect the nose of my board from my boom. are those protectors any good, or would a pad on the head of my boom be a better route?

Unregistered 9th February 2010 02:12 AM

And what about those boom T protectors ?
They have protection for the head of the boom + a little piece of the mast.
Are they any good ?
I was thinking of buying one, but then I suddenly realized that the small mast protection could actually obstruct the sail rotation.
Anyone with experience ?

Mike T 9th February 2010 07:34 AM

Eric B
Yes the NSI foam nose guards are good they have a dual density foam so it takes a good hit and distributes the impact loads. The boom pad will help also but most of the boards are so short these days that the boom might not cause the most damage. It might be the mast. I would rig a sail connect board and then rotate board around mast and boom head and see what hits the nose and then base your decision on what part of the rig hits the nose of the board. The T boom protectors I think c-clip to the mast so i don't think it would interfere with sail rotation. I'll have to take a closer look the next time I run up to the local shop. Good luck. Michael

Mike T 16th February 2010 07:55 PM

Post'er #8
I took a look at the T-bone Nose protector @ the local WS Shop and they velcro to the boom head and then there are two plastic c-clips built into the mast padding that snaps too the mast below the booms. I dont think it will have any affect on sail rotation because of the way it snaps onto the mast so get one and see how it works still cheaper than having a nose job done on the board. Hope this helps. Warm wind! Mike

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