Thursday, July 29, 2010


This board has been laying in its owners backyard
for who knows how long.
To short and to new to ride in old mal comps,
it was left in old mal limbo, waiting for the right moment
to be remembered.
That moment came thanks to its owner reading
Bob McTavish's book
The penny dropped.
I think I've got one of those "Plastic Machines"
laying around in the back yard somewhere.

8'2" long
by a little over 24" wide.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010


I've been meaning to do this for a while now.
I got hold of this Peter Clarke Tracker
with a Safe -Set box.
The fin that came with it is in great condition but too small.
Original fins are hard to come by, and by now are pretty brittle.

So I set about making a new glass fin to fit the original box.
I had some off cuts of a few layers of 4oz.
I cut them to fit the box and taped them together.

Next a small bog radius was put inside to hold things together.
Some glass tubing was cut and holes drilled in the bottom
of the box.
Then everything was fitted and screwed in place.

A total of three pours were made to fill the box. 

Pours finished and ready for some detailing.

 All I need to do now is restore the board.

Sunday, July 4, 2010


Finished at last.
I took it on its maiden voyage on Saturday.
The waves were a little inconsistent
but when they came threw they were good
3' to 4' local point.
Here are some initial observations.
Very loose. I could tell it was going to bee loose when paddling out.
Very skatey when when going slow.
As soon as the wave walled up and the board gained some speed
it was like riding another board.
Still loose, but it tracked more and went where I wanted it to.
Bare in mind it is early days yet, but it feels like it is going to be a regular ride.
I found my self in places on the wave rarely visited.