>You're sure about mounting the boards fin first ?
Well, I don't do it that way on my Trooper , but that is the way
Mercedes Benz suggests they be mounted on their cars, and you folks
over on the Continent drive a whole lot faster than we do here in the
I think there is some validity to the idea that a board, nose forward,
kinda looks like a wing in profile, and could act like one.
If the board is loaded fin first, the flat part of the rocker line is
forward, hence no wing effect. Plus if you need to tie the board to
the bumper for cross winds, the rear foot straps make a nice tiedown
point. Not all boards have any kind of bow eye so it might be easier
to secure it fin first.
>Around here it's common wisdom to put them on nose first, deck down,
>stacked one over each other if more than 1 and the whole stack
>as far back on the roof as practical.
That's how I usually do mine! Put not sure I want to suggest that to
someone when I have no idea how big her board is.
>My understanding is that this way the downward force generated
>by the air flowing over the nose compensates (partly) the
>upward force generated by the air deflected from the windshield
>and flowing under the board.
It could balance this way quite well. But I thought I read somewhere
that Benz had actually done some testing, in conjunction with Mistral,
to find out (with load cells) which way was the best.
Know any Benz dealers???
>At least it works for me without problems since years, with
>average Autobahn speeds of 80 mph (up to 4 boards+ 1 large bag)
>and top speeds up to 100 mpf with one or two boards.
Yes, I've had about the same results, but I lost one many years ago in
a sharp crosswind gust. Did about $350 damage to another car and broke
the board in half. Good thing it didn't happen a micro sec or two
earlier or it might have gone thru their wind shield.
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