Waiting for the water to warm up and Zion south unit to open again. Decided to keep my self buisy with a new board. The big black racing twintip points up wind good but the fin gets a bit squirly if I push it hard upwind and it's just not fast enough down wind. Easy to ride but #%(^ that. Suck it up and learn how to tack a directional. I'm shooting a video build blog as I build. If nothing else I can find out if I botched it and how. Hope this provides some inspiration.
So far I'v got the 2# EPS slab rockerd with the hotwire bow, the outline cut and 3/4 of the top rail shaped. I'v got 3 tuttle boxes wraped in 1/4" divinycell and a bunch of 5 hole strap inserts from chinook. Haven't decided if I'm going to wrap them in foam. Going to put a bit of the divinycell on the nose as it will add impact resistance and I borked up that part a bit when I hot wired the rocker in. Layup might be 6, 6 bottom with 6, 6 top and an extra layer of 6 on the deck with two more around the heal areas 4" and 6" past the heal areas. Rounded edges on all the glass patches. Burt Rutan has a fetish for circles for a reason. The first four videos of the build are up on my YouTube chanel.
Finished off the bottom rails. Did them with less emphasis on the paterns and more on making it smooth balanced and flowing. Turned out nice. Gave the board a nice sand with some 180 grit. Light spackle mixed with the denautred ethanol. I mixed it a little thiner than mayo. Leaving it unsanded untill I glass it. Don't want any water or oil contamination. No touching the board without gloves from now on. The finboxes are wrapped in 1/4" H80 Divinycell epoxied with 8 oz coloidal cilica and 6 oz slow resign reasurch epoxy.
Me = 145lb + 6" + (15M spd3 dlx, 11M x-bow, Kahoona 9.5M, 7.5V2) + Zap skim, home made 133 orange carbon aka Bifrost, home made black 170x50 cabon racing light wind tt, 133 wide tip carbon) + red helmet