Road Trip - Prelude

The packing is done, the van is washed, plants are watered, now we sleep and hit the road first thing in the morning...

The plan is to blitz over the Cascades on Hwy. 90 straight through to Idaho...

Then we'll get the map out and figure out where we are and what there is to do...

We are bringing our calmwater paddleboards and folding bikes...

Of course we are camping in the Sprinter...

It all starts tomorrow...

Road Trp Ahead

The longed awaited road trip east is on the horizon... A few weeks in Idaho and Montana are the plan ... More Later ...

Spa & Shed

This summer's home project...




















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8'3" x 27.5" x 4.5"

This board is a modified version of a 10'4" that I sold to a friend...The board is designed to be a mid lenght, high volume, surfboard that could also be used as a SUP occasionally if the conditions are right (no one else out)...The high volume will let it knee paddle easily and given the enormous plying field our ocean is it will paddle fast...The 27.5" width sis just right given my wingspan of 75"...No alligator arm paddling for me...

To shrink it down to the 8' range the spacing of the ribs was taken from 12" to 9"... To me it seems more balanced this way...To keep the volume high and keep the rail thin so it surfs good, the deck has generous deck doming... The rails also have definitive chine in the nose and tail to create a harder edge than simply rounding over the rails...

The woods for the skins are 1/8" thick Cedar and Basswood..

To keep the weight down, blue Dow foam and cork are used for the rails... Water based contact cement was used to attack the rails...It takes a bit longer to dry, but works as well as solvent based cement...

The glassing schedule is 4 oz. E-cloth on the inside of both the bottom and deck skins...Additionally there is a full width x  50" long carbon fiber cloth panel on the underside of the deck skin, and a 4" wide CF strip down the center of the inside of the bottom skin...The exterior is also 4 oz. cloth with a 3/4 length deck patch...The rails have 6 oz. volan tape on both the deck and bottom edges...Resin Research Quick Kick resin is the only resin I use...

The hand hold box in the deck allows fingers to curl in and under and lift the 22 # board straight up easily...Carrying the board on edge it is super comfortable even over a long distance...Curling the fingers inside make the difference...

The vent is a one of a kind made by a friend in Australia...It has an integral rubber O ring machined into the screw and the vent hole is drilled into the brass screw and the board can be vented with a few turns of the screw...It does not need to be fully removed to work...The vent assembly fits flush with the deck and any coin can be used as a screwdriver...

The leash loop is through the fin box with a brass grommet finishing off the deckside hole...