Post-shaping deflection measurements

Plank Deflection After ShapingAfter a final sanding I deflected the plank to 500 lbs, then applied the first (and likely final) coat of epoxy. The spring-constant changed almost imperceptibly, from the "raw state" value of 149 lbs/inch to 151 lbs/inch after shaping. Since I'm a geek, I fit the data

Looking for the Runner Mold

I spoke with 4691, somebody has the runner mold, but who?

I'm building a few sets of inserts, and one or two sets will be available this month. will post photos of progress...


The plank is off the jig...

(actually, it's back on the jig to let the epoxy completely cure...)

I pulled all the clamps off, quickly cleaned off the excess epoxy, and eagerly checked the deflection. It looks pretty good, about 145 lbs/inch so it deflects just under 1 3/4 inches with me on it. I'm guessing it will stiffen up a bit as the glue gets to full cure, and rounding the edges will probably soften it, so it will probably end up very close to this value.

New plank glued up...

The final (and most lengthy) part of the repairing my DN after the crash on Jan. 2nd was to build a new plank.

Light Snow

This is what is covering most of the Bay

Silver Harbour Launch Site

Launch site looking East.By enlarging the picture you can see further out past the launch site is fairly new ice, with very little snow cover.It was only about 3" in thickness,so still needed a little growing.The Temp this week are showing a real cooling trend,so building ice should not be a problem.

Amount of snow in small Harbour

This is how much Snow we got Friday night.It is about 1.5 cm easily sailable in the 10 mph winds today.Nice smooth black ice under the coating of snow.

Where I sailed today

Little harbour to the right of lauch site at Silver Harbuor.About 700 yds long by 500 yds wide.Being I was the only Ice Boat sharing the ice with a couple fisherman and a buddy of mine and given the fact it is a shawllow bay with 6" of ice made for safe sailing.Further out from Silver Harbour the Ice was very smooth with just a light covering of hoar frost.Given the fact it was only 3" thick it was probably sailable but wise by myself not to.

Sleeping Giant

Few from Silver Harbor today,looking out towards the Sleeping Giant.there istill some open water about 1.5 miles out.

Hoar Frost

This is snow on main part of Lake

Silver Harbour today

Light covering of snow looking out towards Sleeping Giant

help with runners for a Spark (Norsk Kicksled

I've a Norsk Kicksled, a Spark, with rusted runner edges. Anyone know where I might get the polyrunners I've read about OR get the blades polished? Thanks!

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Lauch Site

Enough ice at lauch site to drive on.

More pics from Silver Harbour

Silver Harbour looking North.This ice goes on for about 5 miles.

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