Centreboard - Richard
After my rudder snapped I discovered that the foils were both made
from a single plank of wood covered in a single layer of very thick glass.
The rudder smelled distinctly of pine, so I decided that a new centreboard
would be prudent before that too failed.
I started looking about for somebody to build a new blade for me and
naturally turned to the internet. I looked at the UK builders, but also
came across Phil's foils in Canada. I contacted Phil initially because he
could build a board and ship it to the UK for less than a board from a UK
Phil site was useful, providing lots of information about shape and
stiffness characteristics of a blade. I contacted Phil and we started
discussing the possible construction options, shape details and such. I
spent a lot of time lying on my back measuring the blade and centreboard
slot, while Phil converted it to a sensible design and sent back questions
Eventually we settled on a shape size and composition. That only left
surface finish. The choice was clear, white or graphite. I chose the
graphite finish as it should make control of the blade in the slot easier.
Phil has produced a blade with a black head and translucent blade, this
gives the board a fantastic translucent effect.
The photos below show the board being manufactured.
The blade is machined from a laminated blank using a computer controlled
milling machine. This ensures the board exactly matches the design.
Immediately post machining.
Just about finished.