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Matt Ward
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Matt Ward

Randy, I am currently building a wood SUP. I have purchased no kit or plans. Everything I’ve done so far I’ve learned from YouTube videos. My board is 12′ long. I’ve used cedar fence pickets for everything, and lots of glue and clamps. I built a jig to build it on. I’ve got about 24 hours into the project so far. I have a few questions, fin placement, single fin or tri-fin. size and shape of fin or fins. I’m planning on making the fin or fins out of wood. I’ll build up wood in the skeleton to receive the… Read more »

Randy Bogardus
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Hi Matt, thanks for getting in touch and congrats on taking on the full challenge of designing and building your own board! The question of type of fin set up has a great deal to do with how you will use you board and what type of ride you are looking for….single fins and tri fins have quite different ride characteristics. If you are going to use the board primarily for fitness and flatwater type paddling I would keep it simple and go with a single fin arrangement. I you want to surf the board as well, then tri fin… Read more »

April
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April

Hi Randy was wondering if you could help me with the nose of my board. I am still in the “blue print” phase as i cannot figure out how wide to make it. I would like to do a kayak style nose as it would track better in the canadian waters. Any tips would be great.

Randy Bogardus
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Hi April, sure, I’d be happy to help you….some photos would be good to reference if you can send some….you can get in touch with me through the contact point on my website at http://clearwoodpaddleboards.com/ since I’m not sure photos can be posted in this comment section. In general, there are two choices for how to detail the nose….you can bring the rail strips together in mitered fashion or you can create a nose block that is rabbeted to accept the strips….a picture is worth a thousand words…..:-)

Jon
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Jon

Hey Randy, I’m in the process of making a board somewhat like that of commenter “Matt” above. I’m a college student so I’ve been trying to keep the cost down as much as possible. I’ve used 6 inch Cedar fence boards to create the entire top/bottom/interior of the board (had to cut them in the middle to get the board shaped right). From a bit of reading I’ve done (total novice on paddle boards) I found that paddle boards built for speed are usually meant to cut through the water as opposed to going over it. I found it a… Read more »

Randy Bogardus
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Hi John, Lot’s to consider on all the point you address. If you could send me some photos of what you currently have done I can give you some feedback. But in general, you are correct about the difference between displacement vs planing. You may in fact have a shape that will work fine for general touring but send photos and I’ll get you some feedback. As far as the finish for the board, if you want your work to last you need to glass it. I would be happy to give you some feedback if you contact me at… Read more »

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