Please protect your investment. Flyfoil gear is built tough, but it is NOT indestructible. Take care of your gear for a long and happy life. Abuse it at your peril. However if you do you respect your gear, then you will want to care for it properly. Here are some basic tips for how to properly care for your Flyfoil gear.
Correct Assembly: if in doubt don’t do it. When assembling the gear do not force components together. Sometimes they do not fit together, and forcing them together can damage them. be sure to use the correct parts and correct tools when assembling your gear. make sure parts are in correct alignment and orientation. Not upside-down or backwards (this happens as lot more than you would think).
Use the right Tools: Always use the right tools for the job. Use the correct sized Hex Wrench, and proper size/type Screwdrivers, when assembling/disassembling your Foil gear. Using the wrong number screwdriver can strip your screw heads, or the wrong size Hex-key/ Allen-wrench can ruin the bolts and cause them to be permanently stuck in you gear.
Do not use power tools: Do not use power tools to drive home the bolts and screws, as you can easily over-tighten them and may break them. Always hand-tighten the blots and screws. Usually, you do not need a lot of force to tighten foil components.
Customers Please Note: Please specify the exact bolt length (depth) you require when ordering to avoid damaging your board. *Using over-long bolts can damage your board.
Correct Hardware: Please only ever use Proper marine-grade stainless steel or titanium hardware (bolts and screws). These materials best resist rusting/corrosion. NEVER use non stainless steel bolts or screws, as they will quickly rust and may cause permanent damage to your parts. *The exception is the Brass Track-plates and mast-anchors supplied with our board and foil sets.
Check your Bolts: There are Metric Bolts and SAE (USA standard ) bolts, and these two systems are not compatible with each other. So you should always check the exact thread of your bolts, nuts, and threads. Forcing the wrong bolt into the wrong thread will cause cross-threading and damage your parts. be gentle, and test the thread first and make sure that you can finger-tighten the bolts before using any tools or applying force. If in doubt, have your mentor help you. Note: brass is relatively soft metal, and brass threads can easily be cross-threaded. So use extra care and be gentle when using any brass parts.
Anti-Sieze Grease: We recommend using a proper marine grade anti-seize compound on your bolts prior to assembly and use. be sure to use a “Metal-Free” Marine Grade Anti-Seize.
Proper Care of Foil Gear: It is highly recommended that you completely disassemble your foil when not in use. Components of dissimilar materials react against each other causing corrosion and can become permanently stuck together. This will lead to problems down the road, so take apart your gear and dry completely when storing. *Parts can become corroded together in as little as a week if stored incorrectly.
Proper Repair/Maintenance of Foil Gear: Foil masts, fuselages & wings are a generally made using a “monocoque” (shell) construction method, with hollow or foam filled cores. So when you get any cracks or holes in foil parts, water can penetrate into the core materials. Water penetration can cause more damage. So it is important repair any cracks or holes immediately. Never use cracked or damaged gear in the water. Wings and masts can be repaired with any suitable epoxy repair glues. Structural damage must always be repaired properly, ideally by a professional repair person. A structural repair must be repaired using a combination of fiberglass/carbon-fiber cloth and epoxy.
FlyFoil Board Repair: Flyfoil Boards are made using EPS/Epoxy system. So never attempt to use Polyester resin to fix a Flyfoil Board. Only use suitable Epoxy resins. Small dings can be repaired using most Epoxy ding-repair products. Larger damage should always be referred to a professional board repair person for the correct treatment. Protect your Investment!