Carbon and Balsa Fin Plug Support Plates

Posted in: News, Surfboard by Richard Harvey on February 25, 2011

That’s quite a mouth full, Carbon and Balsa Fin Plug Support Plates. But this is how it works. Plugs, particularly the side plugs take all the impact, and as most plugs don’t have any sideways support, this ends up with broken plugs. So some plug manufacturers have developed plugs which incorporate support, but have only fixed angles in which the plug can be installed. So to overcome this dilemma I have designed a two part installation. The base gets glassed in when the bottom is laminated, this base is a similar shape to an existing system so no new jigs are required. Then the plugs are installed when the board is finished being glassed. The advantage of this two step installation is that the angle of the plugs can be adjusted for variation in the bottom designs, such as concaves or bonzers. The balsa base gives greater strength than hi density foam as the fibre directs the energy lengthways, and the carbon surface gives lateral support. Great looking, easy to install and uses standard, readily available plugs. A winner all round. Soon to be available for sale to manufacturers.