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PostPosted: Thu Feb 23, 2006 9:57 am 
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Sailing the Hobie Outback without a leeboard is fun but no one is going to do much windward sailing without one.

To solve this problem I made a leeboard and hardware to attach it for my friend's Outback. I'd already made an outrigger for the port side of his kayak, which turned out to be a great success.

One problem (attaching the hardware with thru bolts, washers, and nuts) was soslved by installing a 4" deck plate, for easy access to formerly impossible-to-get-at areas.

The hardware plate for the leeboard is made of oak, painted black, and finished with Danish oil. SS bolts, washers, and nuts were used to attach the hardware. A one inch diameter bronze nipple, attached to the oak plate, holds the leeboard in place. There are flanges on both sides of the board: one attached to the nipple and the other to the leeboard. A third flange, with a round oak piece attached, make for a handle that tightens up to keep the leeboard in the desired up or down position.

The underwater depth of the leeboard is now only 20", so it might be necessary to make another longer leeboard ( maybe 6" longer) for even better windward performance. We'll wait to see when the ice-covered St Lawrence River here in Montreal melts enough to try out the new leeboard and find out what mods are necessary.

Hope this may be of interest to some of you Outback sailors out there. Certainly it made for a fun winter project, when sailing in these northern climes is not possible.

Good sailing everyone, Norman Ernsting AKA Punchinello


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PostPosted: Thu Feb 23, 2006 11:34 am 
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 24, 2006 6:04 am 
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I would imagin that leeboard made in oak is quite heavy.
Why dont you try and pick up a second hand centreboard off an old windsurfer, I am sure it would be a lot lighter and would be about the same shape.


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PostPosted: Fri Feb 24, 2006 8:36 am 
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Hey Davegiles!

That's a good suggestion about the windsurfing centerboard being lighter than the oak leeboard. I'll do some research and get back to you...

Norman aka Punchinello :D


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PostPosted: Fri Feb 24, 2006 9:36 am 
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Hey Dave!

Just did some surfing on internet for windsurfing center boards or fins as they seem to be called. The longest I found was about 18 inches, which is too short for a leeboard on the Hobie Outback. Good idea anyway. Maybe you can suggest another material to use for the leeboard that is as light and strong as the windsurfing fins. Thanks for your suggestions...
Punchinello


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PostPosted: Tue Mar 07, 2006 6:04 am 
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18 inches sounds a bit short for a Centre Board, the one on my board is at least 2 foot 6 inches long.
Maybe you are getting mixed up with the skeg which is the small blade on the back of the Windsurfer that gives you directional stability. They can be about 18 inches long.


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PostPosted: Tue Mar 07, 2006 6:13 am 
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Just had a look on Ebay and look what I found. This might do the trick.
Type in this address:

http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/Laser-Dinghy-Cent ... dZViewItem

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PostPosted: Wed Mar 08, 2006 6:06 am 
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Here is another link I found today, and it is in your end of the world.

http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/NEW-MISTRAL-BLACK ... dZViewItem


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PostPosted: Thu Mar 09, 2006 12:54 pm 
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norman ernsting wrote:
Hey Dave!

Just did some surfing on internet for windsurfing center boards or fins as they seem to be called.


The fins on a windsurfer are like skegs. What dinghy sailors would call a centerboard, windsurfers call a daggerboard. I'm not sure on lengths, but daggerboards are definitely longer than fins.


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PostPosted: Sun May 06, 2007 11:32 pm 
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I think that's great, unfortunately my Hobie dealer has done everything he can to dissuade me from installing a homemade C-Board on my Revo.
"Without weight ballast on the bottom a Daggerboard will just make your Yak heel more." he says.

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