Just read your message regarding restoring your Barefoot Falcon. I have a 1991 Barefoot Falcon with exact same floor issues. I also had to replaced the stringers and am in the process of replacing the floor. My question is regarding the need to replace the foam. Like you I have several hundred pounds of saturated foam removed and I am not certain to replace it or leave it without foam. Do you are anyone know if the foam is necessary for any structural support, or is it just for sound and flotation?
I have been told you are the expert in setting up the S238 for a great wave. We have a 2106 s238 with the surf package, our dealer told us to fill up the boat and then use the tabs, but we have figured out the more tab we put in it the less push the wave has.
How do we best set it up for the best wave with push? We surf regular, our friend surfs goofy and her side seems to always be great, but the regular side not so much.
Would love to have your set up and any tips you could give. Thanks so much
Just purchased my "supporting member" upgrade. Now, somebody find me a bow filler cushion for my 2005 Elite C4!!!
Ha, jk, well kinda! I am still looking but thank you to the admin for your hard work, dedication and selfless time. We all appreciate it!
Having a custom board built to the exact shape and specifications you determine is something every surfer should do once in their life. Once the design of the board is done the graphic choice can begin and be from mild to wild. From standard glassing over the blank to wild graphics glassed into the board and everything in between. The biggest thing I would suggest when it comes to graphics is give the board builder as much information as possible. The final board is literally a piece of art and if you want it to look exactly like you envision, then spare no details. The images below are what I sent to convey how I wanted the board to look after the shape had been designed and agreed on between both of us.
Laminate to be used on know of board.
Placement of laminate on board.
Exact color for top of board.
Artwork to be digitally printed on 4 ounce fiberglass.
how artwork will fit on board.
Final mock-up top and bottom of board.
The bottom started with several layers of standard fiberglass.
The final 4 ounce layer of digitally printed fiberglass is laminated to the bottom leaving vivid graphics that structurally enhance the board.
This is the final layer of fiberglass cloth.
The graphics are colorful as well as vivid and will look even better in the final processes of the board build.
Sanding stage of the board, next process will be hot coat and polish.
Fin box profiles are cut and Future fin boxes are set into the board.
The final board after hot coat and polish.
Through the years we have built our own custom boards, had boards custom built for others, own limited edition boards, seen hundreds of boards in person and this board is the baddest of the baddest in our opinion. After receiving the final board we felt it did not do the board justice to reveal the bottom during the build process. It needed that finished WOW factor, so here it is. Build pictures of the bottom will follow.
Believe me, the pictures do not come close to during either side of the board justice. More on the build below.
Fallen behind on build updates due to it being a super busy summer for us.
The build process with Mike Walker has been great.
The final foam blank shaped, painted and ready for glassing to begin. Board is sitting in front of a ocean blank that required the same color pink.
First layer of glass has been laid, flame lamination laying on top waiting for second layer of glass.
Second layer of glass finished and trimmed ready for bottom glass.
After second layer of glass, a few imperfections that will be taken care of during the next stage.
Board in the rack waiting on hot coat and final polish.
Board after hot coat and polish.
Might be wondering what the bottom looks like and why it has not been shown? Is it also black rails with pink? Check out the next post for the reveal.