love to know thoughts on polishing the bottom of speed boards ... does it make em go faster or just feel nice
I dunno if smooth is faster. Carbon Art boards come with a smooth teflon polished finish and they go pretty quick.
I ride CA thats what i thought they look nice and hopefully they go faster
Used to see Mal Wright at sandy point polishing his boards. I think the community is divided about if this makes a difference or not. Dont quote me on it but i think he used car polish
surfers do it, i have don it to speed boards and surf boards. it recon it helps. at least mentally. jus wishin i could polish my-self sometimes. . . .
I remove my post of info as some geezer was upset about the facts![}:)]
Slightly off topic, when I used to race Lasers at the British Nationals, the really good guys that got a new hull every year always sanded the shine off the bottom. They did tell my why but this was 12 years ago!
yeh the reason why sailing boats take the shine off their hulls is sort of why a golf ball is dimpled, if you don't do it air bubbles stick to your hull and slow you down. this doesn't mean you don't want it really smooth though. not sure how well this applies to windsurfing boards though
There's always been 2 schools of thought on this one, probably always will be.
Theory says the layer of water closest to the hull is stuck to the hull, and that the ridges left from 600/1200 grit sandpaper don't stick up through the stationary layer and therefore don't affect performance.
Frank Bethwaite, famous author of "High performance sailing" made many experiments of fins and hulls with various finishes. Many experiments where he towed fins and hulls through water carefully measuring the drag. He is well up on the theory but had to conclude the higher the polish the better.
He also noted polished surfaces don't collect grime as easily.
Here's a video of a highly polished bowl rotating. Water passing under a hull is probably equivalent to about 3 turns of the bowl.
best way to get a slippery board is to rub the underside of the board with a cake of soap!
Interesting reading.. thanks I may get chance today to take the speed boards out polished bottoms and spent the arvo doing the fins .. will post gpstc tonite
see how we go !
see ya all @ sandy point
got a PB today and the board felt real nice so i'm happy to polish
i think polishing the underside of your board will make very little difference, in fact if you could somehow recreate the same speed run twice with all the other variables exactly the same i think the difference would be points of a knot so put it into a practicle sense would make absolutely no difference. also i dont think yacht theory can be crossed over into windsurfer theory(in this topic) because as a yacht displaces over the water, a thin film of water sticks to the hull which creates a water on water sliding action which reduces drag dramaticaly this is why yachties dont want a smooth hull and its the same reason swimmers use the suits with the rough shark skin stuff on them to encourage the film of water to stick however when windsurfers move through the water they are planing which means its always air, water, air ,water as the board passes over chop so any film of water that is created is destroyed by the air passing over the board so the fastest finish in my oppinion would be the most polished one but it doesn't really matter really because it wont make much difference anyway. factors that make the most difference are your technique,the conditions ,your tuning(sail,fin,harness lines etc)
just my thoughts, might not be completely correct
Your bang on. Technique, fitness and correct equipment selection are much greater factors in overall speed. We're really just talking about that last 5% of potential speed that you'll only achieve if you keep your gear in top shape. You know, polish your fins and board, tune your sail, play with mast, boom and harness position etc until everything just hums. Being a gorilla also helps when it's windy!
Where do you get a Gorilla from
Why not paint the bottom of your board with egg whites and let it dry in the sun. Then whola, you have a self polishing copolymer. All the yachties in the 70's used this one before the rule was brought in that no sacrifical coatings were to be used.
The only problem with the egg white is it use to were off by half way through the first race any way.
I'm still going to have a go at it one day at a speed bank.
yep definitely i would be much more inclined to refine my technique and gear performance but hey we all need something to do when we're bored and there's no wind
i think i'd be a bit buggered if i ever went speedsailing because im just 63kls and yet i'm 188cm tall, i think thats why i do waves mostly
wet and dry sand paper 1000 - 1200 grit is the go, polishing will cause the water to stick to the bottom of the board. And that is a proven fact.