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Old 7th December 2006, 12:26 AM   #11
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Default RE: Mistral Naish 8'11 - any experiences?

Just wondering...
Some of you mention nose protector some, good mast
pad. Is it one or the other or is it both?

I'm just thinking that maybe if I have some very soft
thick mast&boom protector maybe the nose protector won't be needed.

Sorry for going in circles, but it's always sad to have a broken board; then spend time on repairs and then have it leak...


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Old 7th December 2006, 09:37 AM   #12
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Default RE: Mistral Naish 8'11 - any experiences?

I'm sympathetic to that.

I've put an EVA foam pad on one of my boards - a C131 - I'm not really worried about the C131 but I had some friends that were struggling to get in the straps and on (what I viewed as) harder boards to sail and jibe, and I wanted to feel comfortable with loaning out the board. So I put on a nose protector.

In the case of the Naish, as I said it got accidentally dinged a couple of times, and I decided to sand the nose down to the glass (which, BTW, is a single layer of open weave fiber that I would guess to be about 8 oz. cloth) and added some layers of glass / WEST epoxy. Since the mods, I HAVE had some very hard launches (ran aground on a 3.7 day), and the nose is quite solid. I didn't want to make the nose "harder/stiffer" than the rest of the board, so I mainly glassed the rails and faired it into the body a good bit. The Mistral / Naish boards are FRAGILE, because they are made of the ultimately lightest production technology they could muster at the time. The upside is that they are fast as all getout and get HUGE air. Remember, Robby himself said about the 8'7", "The faster you go, the higher you jump". He got that right!

Depending on how you want to use a board, who's going to use it, what the projected conditions are, etc., I think the EVA pad is a logical pick.

Without naming specific devices, there are gizmos that attach to the mast base and are designed to deflect the mast away from the nose. I've never used one of those, because I intend to STEP right where they want me to put this THANG. So I reject all such options.

I myself wouldn't hesitate to get any of the boards in this quiver (in fact I've wanted my buddy to decide to sell me his 8'5" wave). But if I thought it would be vulnerable to nose dings, I'd reinforce the nose a little straight away. It's a good winter project...
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Old 7th December 2006, 09:52 AM   #13
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Default RE: Mistral Naish 8'11 - any experiences?

I concede to Zots critique that I have not had a lot of time on the 8'11", but I have ridden all the boards in this line (save the Floater, of which I only studied an acquaintances board), and the whole line are all very similar in feel and construction. If there were ever a production series that felt like they were a "family", the Mistral / Naish series was it.

Also, having sailed them, AND being an admirer of Robby, I think that these boards reward the sailor who sails like Robby - powered all the way through the jibe, hard aggressive carves, sail rigged to be 'back-handy' (which helps get vertical in the jumps). Go for it in this fashion, FULLY powered up, and you'll be richly rewarded on any of the boards in this line. Sail timid, and on this stuff you're gonna get thrashed and break it a lot. If you're gonna sail wimpy, you'll do a LOT better in that case with a Carve. Kombats too, I really like my Kombat.
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Old 8th December 2006, 12:22 AM   #14
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Hi Andrey,

Looks like you have had some great input since my original post above. Really, a lot of very positive information, except for the clear indications of the board's inherent fragility. Regarding that, I have to question the addition of EVA foam to the board. While EVA foam would offer a buffer of sorts against boom or mast strikes, it looks so tacky. Despite the old school pointy nose, which still looks good in my book, it would take away from the board's sleek good looks and shape.

If you are truly worried about protecting the nose of the board, I think Geoff's suggestion of reinforcing it with added glass and epoxy makes the most sense. If the job is done right, before the nose has been damaged, it makes the job quite a bit easier and it ensures the best integrity overall. Really, the toughest part is spending the time to carefully fair the added material into the existing shape.

If you lack experience performing repairs, you might want to check out the BoardLady's website below, as it offers an excellent source of information to guide you down the right path. She's a seasoned pro at repairs, so you can readily depend on her instructions and recommendations.


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