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Forum: Free Forum 7th February 2010, 08:48 AM
Replies: 5
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Posted By steveC
To save some money, I would recommend going with...

To save some money, I would recommend going with the aluminum extension. I have to say though, I wouldn't go with aluminum when considering a boom.

Regarding the masts you're talking about, you...
Forum: Free Forum 4th February 2010, 05:25 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,983
Posted By steveC
No problem going with a 28cm extension given your...

No problem going with a 28cm extension given your needed adjustment range. I regularly use my 28cm Chinook RDM extensions (I have both carbon and aluminum versions) at 28cm with no problem. ...
Forum: Free Forum 15th January 2010, 10:54 AM
Replies: 74
Views: 37,832
Posted By steveC
As unbelievable as it may seem, some kiters...

As unbelievable as it may seem, some kiters (originally old windsurfers) still windsurf in higher winds.

Certainly, nothing wrong with working both sides of the game. But, a rare breed, no...
Forum: Free Forum 14th January 2010, 08:38 AM
Replies: 74
Views: 37,832
Posted By steveC
Interesting that you mentioned the...

Interesting that you mentioned the snowboard/skiing thing. I started skiing as an adult in my 20s, and never made the later switch to snowboarding in the 80s.

Again, it's about doing something...
Forum: Free Forum 13th January 2010, 05:16 AM
Replies: 74
Views: 37,832
Posted By steveC
I have to say that almost all my old windsurfing...

I have to say that almost all my old windsurfing buddies switched to kiting long ago and dumped all their windsurfing gear. As you would expect, I received a lot of peer pressure to cross over to...
Forum: Free Forum 5th January 2010, 01:24 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,787
Posted By steveC
If you buy a Chinook two bolt base, you can place...

If you buy a Chinook two bolt base, you can place the vent plug in the opening where the universal pin goes and close the mechanism that retains the universal to capture the plug. It's foolproof...
Forum: Free Forum 30th November 2009, 05:25 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 8,169
Posted By steveC
Actually these days all masts are technically...

Actually these days all masts are technically constant curve bends, but there are variations on the theme spanning from the flex top to hard top ranges, with the middle range being those most...
Forum: Free Forum 22nd November 2009, 02:32 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 4,954
Posted By steveC
One important thing to keep in mind is that the...

One important thing to keep in mind is that the EPS foam has very little structural strength by itself, so the thickness of the foam blank really doesn't contribute notably to a board's structural...
Forum: Free Forum 17th November 2009, 04:48 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 3,007
Posted By steveC
Davide is right on target suggesting the use of...

Davide is right on target suggesting the use of 3M Acrylic Marine Putty - White, Part No. 051144-05962. Basically it's a fairing compound that dries quickly, and it sands very easily so that it...
Forum: Free Forum 31st October 2009, 05:03 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 6,132
Posted By steveC
This thread is a bit of a curiosity. Of course,...

This thread is a bit of a curiosity. Of course, I have to admit, it's the first time I've seen it. Seemingly, nonopr edited and virtually eliminated his initial post after realizing that all his...
Forum: Free Forum 19th October 2009, 05:15 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 9,604
Posted By steveC
A lot of folks just can't get over the fact that...

A lot of folks just can't get over the fact that the windsurfing fad ended years ago, but many of us that started 20-25 years ago are still religiously involved, hence the growing age of windsurfers....
Forum: Free Forum 31st August 2009, 02:40 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 3,017
Posted By steveC
The jump from 4.9 to 7.0 is a bit too great. ...

The jump from 4.9 to 7.0 is a bit too great. Personally, I use the following sails; 4.2, 5.0, 5.7, 7.1 and 8.3. Based on my experience, I think you would be wise to consider an added sail in the...
Forum: Free Forum 31st August 2009, 01:37 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 4,430
Posted By steveC
There's some merit to both sides of the...

There's some merit to both sides of the discussion. However, I have to agree that marketing the Starboard brand at Costco wouldn't be prudent. Yet, the idea of buying a windsurfing kit at Costco or...
Forum: Ask Our Team 13th August 2009, 04:03 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 5,504
Posted By steveC
bigblue, Which fin and size did you...

bigblue,

Which fin and size did you ultimately decide on?
Forum: Ask Our Team 12th August 2009, 02:22 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 5,504
Posted By steveC
I've got a Lessacher Carbon Duo Weed 28s, which...

I've got a Lessacher Carbon Duo Weed 28s, which is a bit more svelte in outline, as it offers somewhat less area overall. Although I have been using it on a Mike's Lab, the board is of a similar...
Forum: Free Forum 3rd August 2009, 02:08 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,811
Posted By steveC
I have to second Ken's focus on the Maui Sails...

I have to second Ken's focus on the Maui Sails front end as a benchmark product. You can buy just the front end and retrofit many different booms on the market today. I did it with my 2003 HPL, and...
Forum: Free Forum 8th June 2009, 12:52 AM
Replies: 85
Views: 14,386
Posted By steveC
I've wondering the same thing. It's actually my...

I've wondering the same thing. It's actually my birthday, but I know it can't be about me. Maybe it's Starboard's release of the quad wave board.
Forum: Free Forum 30th April 2009, 01:42 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 5,240
Posted By steveC
Ken, Although I stopped using an uphaul,...

Ken,

Although I stopped using an uphaul, like I noted a bit earlier, I should point out that I do carry a spare piece of downhaul line in the small pocket of my seat harness that I can tie on to...
Forum: Free Forum 26th April 2009, 03:07 AM
Replies: 82
Views: 14,122
Posted By steveC
The use of very long harness lines is a bit hard...

The use of very long harness lines is a bit hard to envision for me, even though I always used a seat harness. I'm about davide's size, but I have fairly short arms. As a result, I find that 24"...
Forum: Free Forum 20th April 2009, 01:41 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 5,240
Posted By steveC
I stopped using an uphaul probably over 18 years...

I stopped using an uphaul probably over 18 years ago for all my planing style boards. My largest sail is an 8.3, but it's still relatively easy to waterstart in planing type conditions (winds...
Forum: Free Forum 20th April 2009, 01:25 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,399
Posted By steveC
Seems to me that you need to re-do the non-slip...

Seems to me that you need to re-do the non-slip texture on your board.

Waxing the deck of your board would be a real mess. Surfers wax boards because the lay on the board or knee paddle, and the...
Forum: Ask Our Team 17th April 2009, 02:30 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,882
Posted By steveC
No slight against Chinook booms, but you might...

No slight against Chinook booms, but you might want to check out the Maui Sails Carbon Slalom boom before making a decision. Arguably the best front end in the business, and the boom body and tail...
Forum: Ask Our Team 17th April 2009, 02:16 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 3,460
Posted By steveC
I have to say that Lessacher's Duo carbon weed...

I have to say that Lessacher's Duo carbon weed fins are mighty powerful for their size, and I think it's attributable to their asymmetrical foiling and stiffness. I have a 28S and a 34, and I'm very...
Forum: Ask Our Team 12th April 2009, 12:46 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 3,730
Posted By steveC
Just curious about the CA58, as it's my...

Just curious about the CA58, as it's my understanding that the board is really not that old. Did it come up short on your performance expectations, or is it just too similar to the CA52?
Forum: Ask Our Team 6th April 2009, 01:59 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 3,635
Posted By steveC
From my point of view, if there is a possibility...

From my point of view, if there is a possibility of getting catapulted at higher speeds (hitting a plastic bag, a larger kelp knot, or a significant piece of wood), I would much rather be pitched...
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