Post by juliangibraltar on Nov 14, 2014 11:22:25 GMT -5
Ron hi, I'm no expert but have looked at all sorts of SUPs to get the best size for my weight - 250lbs! - but the smallest I've been on is a 10foot x 30in wide one. I believe its all about buoyancy or the volume of litres the board has. This is calculated as you will know by length x width x height. Most prefab board manufacturers have the volume of their boards but the wooden ones are harder to be precise about.
My suggestion would be to try a prefabricated one at 8ft and see the stability you get (a lot will depend on the width, without getting technical - which I cant!) - once you find the right one then a wooden version should be ok if it more or less meets these dimensions. I would have said that 8ft x 33in should be ok for your weight but check out the dimensions on the SUP web sites if you cant rent one, they will usually say what the ideal board is for your weight. Of course the smaller a SUP board the better it is on wave riding (more manoeuvrable) so it also depends what you are going to use it for.
As far as the wood working you should have absolutely no problem with your skill set!! Good luck!!
Post by jensen1031 on Mar 23, 2015 10:50:09 GMT -5
You could probably get away with this. Print out the templates and stack the paper to see whcih ribs are the same. Im thinking about keeping everything in proportion and you may need to remove at least 2 ribs (1 from front/middle, 1 from back/middle).
I used heavy duty paper and was able to actually build the board to see how big it was. You may want to do that same and try a couple different things. Lot easier to cut paper than wood
I don't want to scale the board down to much and it be too narrow.
Are any of the ribs the same width? could I just remove one from the centre and take a foot of spine out from the centre? (I havn't bought the plan yet).
thanks for any ideas you may have.
I would just print the plans at whatever percentage would get you the length or width that you want and use those drawings.
The only thing to watch out for are the notches for the stringer on the ribs and the notches for the ribs on the stringer. Those dimensions will have changed when you printed at a different percentage of full size. No problem, just go and manually draw in the notch with the correct dimension.