How to attach your Foil – Video

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Transcript:   Hi welcome, today we’re going to show you how to attach your foil to the board, and this is pretty basic for some people but there’s a few little tips that I can give you as we go along. This is a “US-box track system”. This is standardized to fit most of the foils on the market, 95% of the foils. Okay and you’re gonna need your hardware to attach it, and I’ve got some six-millimeter bolts and plates. Compatible with some of the systems, or you can use the eight-millimeter ones as well. Okay, this is a flat, pristine, surface here where we’re going to attach to these boxes. One thing that you’re going to want to put on any board, I recommend is at least a foam gasket. Okay, so a lot of Flyfoil foils come with a foam gasket, or you can get the “surf adapter gasket” which is the G10-cnc gasket adapter plate, but it’s good to use something that is going to protect your board, the finish of your board from the elements, so you’re not going to get too many scratches down there. It’s a little bit brutal to attach it without anything. Now we have wide holes here, okay so we’ve routed out full-size holes but you have to check your plates. These particular plates that I’ve got today a little bit bigger than the hole, they’re a little oversized, so we’re going to pre-place our plates into the track. I just got my little allen wrench here, I’m going to slip those down in there and put the front ones all the way to the front, I’ll explain why later.

I’m going to place four in there that’s the right way up this a t- nut. This is called a “t-nut” and you can see there’s the flat part here that makes the top of the “t” and it’s upside down. It’s actually the right way up if the board was the right way, but I’ve got the board upside down so the “t” is upside down also

Okay, that gives you the maximum amount of thread in case you didn’t know all right so I slide those to the back so I can actually see them I’ve got my four bolts here hopefully they’ll be long enough. Remember, if you have a thick gasket you’re gonna need a little bit longer bolt. Now I’m gonna place my foil on here and it’s not very secure right now, and I’m going to look down the holes, and I can see the holes lining up there.

Have a good look, that’s it, I’m gonna place these bolts down there.

this is right at the front of the box a couple of turns

okay now i’m going to line up these guys and i can slide

this plate up here carefully I don’t want to overshoot my mark lined it up a couple of turns I’m going to have the right size Allen wrench


Line it up again

So we’re just getting everything into position preset and then we’re going to decide where we want it in the tracks.

Now if you have a board you can measure the board that you were on and just do a straight swap but if it’s your first board we’re just going to place this right in the middle okay takes a couple of attempts sometimes to line up these.

This is best done at home, not at the beach. It’s not advisable to do this over the sand at the beach where you’re gonna lose your bolts possibly into the sand and be very frustrated. So now I’m just gonna just jiggle backwards my mast foot here in the track, so I’ve got equal amounts of spare track front and back. Now you may know exactly where you want yours to be. If in doubt just try it in the middle. Now we’re going to just tighten those up a little bit more and hopefully, your t-nuts have come with your bolts, come along for the ride. You’ll know pretty quickly when it tightens up or doesn’t. I’m just going to get these partially tightened.

Just feel a little resistance, then I’m going to try and get them equally tightened down. I just take turns. I can go around the circle giving each bolt

a quarter turn, and also feeling the amount of resistance, how much torque I’m putting into each of these. Now this gasket will compress and

after a couple of days of riding, you may need to tighten these up again.

Now you don’t use your full force,

because you could strip the thread strip the head of these hex bolts. So don’t be doing that. It might also be a good idea to carry a few spares with you when you go to the beach. Spare bolts, spare nuts. Guys these are vital pieces of equipment. Okay, so here you have it sitting down still finger tight. You know I can generate a lot of force with this long lever-arm on the Allen wrench, I’m going for finger tight.

That’s feeling pretty good right there, okay so there you have it we’re attached. okay, So that is how to attach your Foil

to your new Flyfoil board. Get out there have fun, and we’ll see you on the water.