Post by Tom Wharto » Wed, 27 May 1998 04:00:00

> Hey Folks,

> I am a new comer....<SNIP>


I'll leave the geometric discussion that will follow to the experts but I
will offer my $0.02 on how you can prevent such accidents in the future.
Install a deviator in the mast track.  It only weighs a few ounces and
deflects the mast from the nose the board every time it falls.  It cost
around $30.

Tom Wharton
Pensacola, FL



Post by Paul Scrutt » Wed, 27 May 1998 04:00:00

A deviator can help - ask your local windsurf store - but as I discovered
this weekend, it does not always work 100%, while the tip of the nose
is protected, the boom can still strike to the left and the right of the nose.
Good job I never threw away my epoxy repair kit.
Paul Scrutton
USWA Member US-292

My views may not agree with those of employer.



Post by NLW TFW » Wed, 27 May 1998 04:00:00

On a board on which the boom misses the nose (my 9-footer, for example), I clip
a mast base pad on the mast just below the boom. No damaged noses now in years.

Mike \m/
Never Leave Wind To Find Wind



Post by Ke Qi » Thu, 28 May 1998 04:00:00

Speaking of being overpowered and using a deviator, I have heard of
opinions. Some would say that getting a deviator is a waste of money since
the boom will always hit the same spot anyway (although not on the nose).
As a result, some shops don't even carry deviators. Any comments on pros
and cons of using a deviator?





Post by Waubesa7 » Thu, 28 May 1998 04:00:00

I have had a deviator on my Screamer for over a year now and have had some
pretty good slams, but luckily the board is still undamaged