I have a question about choosing a blank. Do most people rely on experience to choose a blank. Looking at the Clark Foam catalog gives me a good idea, but then I get it down to 2 or 3 choices and I’m kind of stuck. Also how close is the rocker profile illustration in the catalog
I’m looking to make an 8’0 for all around East Coast use, more for flotation in winters and for the bigger waves we get now and then, something along the lines of the Rusty Desert Island. Mine tentative dimensions are 8’ x 21 3/8 x 2 7/8 x 12 3/4 N x 13 7/8 T
The 8’4 R looks close but it seems to have a lot of nose rocker (6 7/16”) the 8’3E seems to have more reasonable nose rocker (5 7/16”) but looks more like a blank for eggs or mini-longboards. ? I’ve only shaped 2 boards so I guess I’m reluctant to start requesting custom rocker. Any ideas ? Anybody shaped something like this and have some tips.
well, if you’re looking to make something similar to a rusty, using a rusty-designed blank (like the 8’4"R) won’t hurt.
You can easily order the nose rocker change you want, or if you don’t want to custom order, when you shorten it to an 8’0" just cut more off the nose (push your template back a bit) instead of centering your template on the blank.
Don’t worry, be happy. It will turn out good.
“well, if you’re looking to make something similar to a rusty, using a rusty-designed blank (like the 8’4"R) won’t hurt.”
Good point Keith, and one I really hadn’t considered
might want to look at the 8’5 S. designed to net out at 8’. the board i made a few years ago was a bit narrower than your idea, but paddled nicely and rode larger waves very well. though i did make the nose a bit wider than the hips.
thought i would get an all around board, which it was, sort of. but i found the larger the wave the happier the board was.