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Fiberspar Boom Repair: Replacing your Old and Worn Fiberspar Twist Locks

Working within the Windsurfing Industry has taught me many things, one being that people LOVE their Fiberspar Carbon Booms. These booms were, and still are, top of the line carbon booms that perform to the highest standards. With features such as durability, weight reduction, and many other performance driven aspects. Keeping your Fiberspar Booms up to par and functional is one of Wind Power’s top priorities, we offer many different Fiberspar parts to keep them on the water. Link to Fiberspar products.

Today we want to discuss a common issue with the Fiberspar Carbon booms, the issue regarding why some windsurfers need to replace their Fiberspar Carbon boom Twist Locks when the tabs on the inside fingers of the Twist Locks start to wear down. Located below in Image 1 is a close up of how the locks are positioned on the boom end and in Image 2 the tabs on the fingers.

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                               Image 1: lock on boom end                                            Image 2: tabs on fingers                

When this happens, the boom end is able to slide freely, not allowing the tabs to properly lock onto the certain notch. This is an obvious issue when wanting to rig different sized sails. Luckily Wind Power has a large quantity of OEM replacement Fiberspar Twists Locks and the “know how” to help you replace them yourself. With the help from this short blog, you will be able to fix any Fiberspar Boom whose twist locks have failed!

Wind Power has created a great video starring Wind Power’s very own Kevin Gratton. It is a fantastic video that goes into great detail on how to replace the Fiberspar Twist Locks and little hints to make sure everything goes smoothly through the process. This video is a great guide and the visuals will help you to understand the process. The link to Wind Power’s Fiberspar Repair Video can be found here

Alright, let’s get into the first steps in replacing your Fiberspar Twist Locks! The first step in the process is to gather your Fiberspar Carbon Boom and all your equipment/tools needed for the repair. The tools needed for this install can be found on the instructions sheet which is located here. Next we will remove the boom end to easily work on the boom and to avoid any damage to the boom end. We need to remove the old twist locks, the best method we found is using a hacksaw and cutting at an angle lengthwise. Make sure to only cut into the plastic and to not cut too deep that you cut the carbon arm, just go slow and you will be fine. After it looks like you have cut all the way through the plastic, take a Flathead screwdriver and twist your wrist to pry open the cut you just made. This will force the twist lock off of the carbon arm and remove the twist lock. After you have removed the plastic lock, you will need to sand the excess epoxy that is on the arm.

When you begin to sand the arm to remove the epoxy, the best method is to rip a large piece of emery cloth and sand it similar to how you would polish a shoe. This is shown in the video, this will give you the most even sand on the arm and ensure you get each side evenly. Start on the bottom of the arm, then flip the emery cloth over and continue on the top. Continue to check to see how the new lock slides onto the boom arm, it should slide on and off very easily, if not continue sanding. After your twist locks fit onto the boom extremely well, sand the inside of the locks themselves. This helps for the adhesive to stick to the plastic and helps ensure that it adheres properly. After sanding everything it is suggested you wipe down the surfaces that were sanded. This is a precautionary measure to make sure everything is clean and there’s no debris.

Now that your locks fit properly and you have everything sanded and prepped you are now ready to begin mixing your adhesive! Kevin has a great little trick to remove the adhesive from the package quickly and mess free, just simply take the stir stick and use it to push the adhesive out. Stir the two parts together and begin applying the mixture generously to the boom arm and inside the lock itself, any surface that is being glued is suggested to receive a little adhesive. Now that your adhesive is applied to your boom arms you can begin putting the locks on, while pushing the locks onto the arms, slowly turn the lock in a clockwise motion to evenly distribute all of the adhesive. Position the lock tabs where you believe is the best location.

After your locks are firmly pressed onto the boom arms it is essential that you look into the tubes where the boom end slides into. Take a rag or paper towel and wipe any excess adhesive out of the tube, if there is any adhesives in the tube and it drys like that you won’t be able to install the boom end and you will need to use a Dremel tool or sandpaper to remove the excess adhesive. It is also recommended to remove any excess adhesive from the outside of the locks, removing this adhesive give the locks a more professional appearance after the adhesive dries. After everything is cleaned and positioned correctly we recommend taking packaging tape and tape the locks into place. Use a decent amount of pressure to ensure a solid connection, sometimes when the adhesive dries it pushes the locks forward and out of position so it is better to just tape them into position ensuring they will not move. Let you boom sit for approximately 2 hours and you will be able to remove the tape.

Once you remove the tape exposing your brand NEW Fiberspar locks, it is EXTREMELY important to put the twist lock caps ONTO the locks. This is displayed in Image 4 located below. If the caps are not put onto the locks then you risk the chance of breaking the fingers off of the locks when trying to install the boom end. This is a simple step but can be overlooked at times… speaking from experience. Once the caps are placed onto the locks you are ready to install your boom end! It is recommended you find a partner when installing the boom end, it makes it much easier, but it can be done solo. If you are attempting to install the boom end solo, apply pressure to the boom end pushing the ends towards each other and taping the boom end. For a reference to this, you can find it in our video when Kevin installs the boom end himself.

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Image 4: Placing Twist Lock Caps onto Fingers to Avoid Breakage

There you have it! You now have brand NEW, fully functional Fiberspar Twist Locks! You are now ready to hit the water with one of the best booms to ever be created for the Windsurfing junkies like us. 

For more information contact the Wind Power team. We’re here to serve your Watersporting needs!

Fall Sailing & Kiting at Wind Power October 25, 2014

This fall has yield good conditions for windsurfers and kitesurfers on Lake Winnebago.  Here is a video of put together by the Winnebago Association of Kiteboarders (WAK) – Thanks Dan!

Winds were WNW (west-northwest) 20 mph gusting to 35 mph.  See the data in Weather Center History.  The wind had quite a range and gusts were strong.  We had a couple windsurfers and half a dozen kitesurfers.

 

Wind Power is traveling to the WISSA Snow and Ice World Championships!

Hey everybody,  Check out the WISSA Snow and Ice World Championship web site.  This is the first time since 1995 that the WISSA worlds have been in the USA.  In 1995 Team Wind Power attended the awesome event in Madison WI.

It was a very fun event, especially with the mix of Europeans there.  Learning to communicate with them and checking out the equipment they use is very interesting and a lot to learn.

So again Team Wind Power is going to have fun and learn, meet new friends from across the big waters.

Checkout the WISSA web site for race results and media coverage.  If you have time come and join us for some fun on the Ice.

 

Wind Power had fun at the Strictly Sail Show in Chicago

Wind Power spent Jan 26 – 29th at the Largest Sailboat show in the Mid-West, Strictly Sail.  For the first time ever, with a booth at this famous yearly show. During the 4 days we were constantly busy with questions about all of our toys.  Other exibitors said we had the FUN BOOTH.  The Wind Power booth had 4 sections: SUP (stand-up-paddle), O’pen Bic youth sailboat, Windsurfing, and Kiting.  Wind Power gave a away a lesson package and a Bic Jungle SUP.

Natalia House a windsurfing student of Wind Power riding the Indo balance board.

Wind Power display with the O'pen Bic youth sailboat (see Poka da Shark)

Wind Power display for Windsurfing

Wind Power display with SUP (Stand-Up-Paddle)

We also took our Winnebago Shark as a mascot and for the kids to play with.  Well on Sunday morning we got a ransom note.  The Kidnappers wanted beer and rum.  The shark got a new name Poka da Shark.  It now has a facebook page with it in the remote sailing pond.  In the kids tent and many of the other vendors booths.  We tried to find and capture the shark back but to no avail.  Finally when we were packing up we got a business card that said the Catch of the day was at Crowley’s ( a booth of a Chicago vendor).  I would like to thanks Dan Thornton who helped load setup and work the booth, Mike Reed and Mark Robinson (Bic Rep) who helped setup and worked the booth a few times, and finally Andy and Ann Gratton who helped in the booth and look for the Shark Sunday.

Team Wind Power: Mike Reed, Kevin, Captain Franken Dread (show's one man band), Dan Thornton

Crowley's Catch of the Day (Poka da Shark) Winnebago Shark

 

 

Wind Power goes to the Strictly Sail Show at the Navy Pier in Chicago!

Wind Power will have a booth at the 2012 Strictly Sail Show in Chicago.  The Show will be held Jan. 26 – 29 at the Navy Pier.  Strictly Sail is the largest yearly event for Sailing craft and related equipment held in the Mid-west. This is the first time Wind Power has been to this show.  Plans are made to display the O’Pen Bic youth sailboat, Windsurfing gear summer and winter, Kiting equipment, Kayaks and the latest rage in water sports, the SUP or Stand Up Paddle.  Wind Power has donated a lesson package for Windsurfing or Winter Kiting and a SUP to give-away at the show.  To sign-up for the drawings or to get more information on the show got to: http://www.strictlysailchicago.com/attendees/features/promotions.aspx

2011 Annual Winnebago SuperCrossing and Wind Power Championship Regatta

Come and Join the Fun in the Sun and Play on the Water!

The Fun Weekend starts on Friday with the Lake Winnebago SuperCrossing run by Jeff Knutson from A-A. EXTERIORS.COM

Friday Morning at 11:00 sharp the crossing starts from Roosevelt County Park (Wind Power) to a destination determined that morning.  Wind direction, strength and the forecast as well as sailors input results in the course for the Crossing.

West wind is the best for a full Crossing the length of Winnebago (28 miles).  Years past we had perfect conditions and a number of us made it to High Cliff State Park.  Niles Book (The Crazy Iron man who crossed Lake Michigan solo with NO CHASE BOAT) was the only one to sail back.  I only know 2 others whom have sailed the length of the Lake and back.  Bet you can’t guess who!

Last year was again perfect conditions with the wind blowing in the 30’s and more further out on the Lake.  Everybody rigged TOO BIG and what a disappointment that not one Windsurfer made it.  I was disappointed with myself because I also under estimated the wind and after sailing a few miles of the 28 miles to High Cliff, I turned around because I knew from experience it wasn’t going to get any easier up the lake.  It would have been miles of ugly survival sailing, not fun.  5 local Kiters made the grueling journey to High Cliff.  Hopefully this year mother nature will gives another chance.

Saturday and Sunday is the 26th Annual Wind Power Championships! Mark Greinert and myself hosted our first Regatta ever, not really thinking it would still be going on almost 3 decades later.  Big Lake Winnebago and the access of Roosevelt County Park just across the street from Wind Power is an excellent venue to run BIG Regattas.  Last year 53 racers enjoyed great times on Windy Winnebago.  Everyone was sore and tired after 10 races.

This Year we are excited to add 2 more Fleets, Kona and O’Pen Bic.  For 2011 MoWind has dropped the Formula Fleet (because of lack of attendance) and added the new and growing Kona Fleet. For more information on the Kona Racing check out their web site: KonaOne.com Contact Mike Fox if you would like to charter a Kona for the weekend.  He will be bringing boards from the Minneapolis area and would appreciate a call before he leaves for Fond du Lac.  Call Mike @ 612-508-8083

The O’Pen Bic is a new Youth sailboat by Bic.   www.O’Pen Bic.com Fleets are quickly growing in the Fox Valley area and all across the country.  Wind Power has been supporting the O’Pen Bic movement and teaching many kids for 3 years. (this year over 350 kids learned how to sail with the O’Pen Bic)  With all the kids sailing and racing a new youth sailboat, that is fun to capsize and do Freestyle on (Bailing is Cancelled), Wind Power felt it was appropriate to add their Fleet to our End of the Year Regatta.  SO please welcome the kids who have learned to love our great sport of sailing.

Let’s Keep the Wind Power Championships on the MoWind Calendar! After organizing Regattas for 26 years with the help of Family and Many Friends, I have decided all I want to do is be the PRO or Principle Race Officer.  This entails getting the necessary equipment ready to run a Windsurfing race.  Working with the Race Committee setting up the Schedule, Fleets and Classes, Courses and finally the Rules for the Event.  I have all the necessary equipment to run a world class regatta but no longer have the desire to organize the whole event.  Such as Promotions, planning the dinner, writing the notice of race and press releases, getting prizes and trophies, selecting a t-shirt and design.  I have struggled through those task and many many times with the excellent help of others, But I no longer want to be the one in charge of doing them.  I am retiring from those duties after this years event.  I am hoping that a team will take over those duties and have fun doing it, so the Event will continue.  Or someone else might want to start their own new Event on this weekend.  I am sad to think this may be the end of a great Era, but I don’t have the energies needed to organize a whole event and still make it fun for me.  It’s time for new blood.

Check out the Wind Power Weather Center! If you haven’t been on the Wind Power Weather Center, it’s a must see.  Version 2.0 will be installed this week. The new version 2.0 of the weather Center tracks history better and provides more in depth Wind Sock data.  The Wind Sock rating has been tweaked to be more accurate to marginal conditions. The Wind Sock summary is awesome telling us how many days we had in a month or a year of the various wind socks.  There is much more , so go to the new Weather Center and check out the Updates & Issues.  We are constantly striving to make the weather Center more user friendly while providing the information and history everyone is looking for.  We installed a new Wind Sensor (the Pro model) and the wind data we are collecting is more accurate to the real conditions.  Use the wind history to your advantage.  After a good day sailing or kiting at one of the launches, look up the wind history for the day.  Take notes of the size sail or kite for the wind strength at the time you were out.  Use this valuable information in the future to know what size sail or kite you should ride.  The Weather Center is dedicated after Stella Blue, the  developer’s beloved yellow Lab. Stella loved the water and riding windsurf boards as much as we do.  She was an Icon on the beach.
Click here to check out the Wind Power Weather Center.

Looking forward to seeing, Sailing and just hanging out with everyone soon!

Kevin     USA 8

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2011 Winnebago SuperCrossing and Wind Power Championship Notice of Race (NOR)

2011 Winnebago SuperCrossing & Wind Power Championship NOR

2011 Winnebago SuperCrossing & Wind Power Championship NOR

Wind Power has a New Weather Center!

The Wind Power web site has a New Weather Center! 

On Monday June 20 the New Weather Center was added to the Wind Power Web site. The Site has it’s own URL at WindPowerWeather.com .  A Weather Center link is available on Wind Power home page and under Information pull-down menu.

As you can see in the picture above the Wind Sensor is mounted much higher than in the past.  It will give a more realistic reading in more directions due to the added height.  My brother Andy donated an A-Scow mast which we put on top of the shop.  The Wind Sensor is on top of it which should put it at 60 plus feet.  This is around the height of the neighboring trees.

But that is not all that the Weather Center is about.  It has a very detailed graphs of the wind speed with gusts,  direction and speed, temperature and wind chill.  There is also a tabular data.  Forecast are available from several popular weather links.  Water Temperature is also available.  There are graphs with a detailed history of the past weather. Personally I like to see the peak gusts.

A local advisory tells you what launches are good for the current conditions as well as the type of equipment to use.  Don’t forget to add the Wind Power Weather Gadget to your desktop.  It will keep you up-to-date with the wind conditions on Lake Winnebago’s south end. WindPowerWeather.com/gadget

The Weather Center is dedicated to Stellablue, a longtime companion of the developer of this site. Stellablue was a yellow Labrador retriever and learned to windsurf as a puppy and loved cruising on the long-board. As you can see in the photo, she was ready to go, but was not much help up-hauling the sail. The Weather Center is dedicated to her memory.

The Weather Center was many hours in development and deciphering data find what would work best for Wind Power. Some of the unique features are the recommended Launch Sites and desktop gadget (for Windows). The Weather Center not only provides weather data, but provides a lot of explanations and educational information. Check out the Information and Sensor pages for example.

We are excited to bring this new service and it’s features to you.  Feel free to blog back or contact us with any comments and suggestions.  Enjoy the weather Center and make the most of it to increase you fun in the WIND on Lake Winnebago.

Kevin   USA 8

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