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Adjusting footstrap positions without modifying the sailboard
by Tom Chalko

Speed sailboards seem to be developed for quite tall sailors. Without the superior height I found that my front leg was not long enough to make my downwind speed-sailing stance comfortable.

In January 2007, when Andrew Daff (my sailing mentor) was almost ready to install extra footstrap plugs in his Isonic 50 sailboard I suggested using stainless steel bars. We both implemented the idea the next day and found it very practical. Since then we both improve our Personal Best speed results in almost every sailing session with sufficient wind.

The method of extending footstrap positions using sufficiently strong bars allows placing footstraps almost anywhere on the sailboard for maximum comfort, stability and performance.


Photo above shows the Starboard Isonic 50 speed sailboard with modified/adjustable front right footstrap. Stainless steel bars 25x5x140 mm are attached to the 3 existing footstrap holes in the board by means of 3 countersunk head screws. The bars are covered with self-adhesive velcro tape (the loop side) and are flush with the pads.

  Footstrap mounting holes in both bars have M6 thread that is protected from getting undone by a few drops of Locktite. Two threaded holes and two screws+washers at one end of each footstrap (see left) prevent footstraps from twisting.

The front right footstrap is mounted about 50 mm further back than it was possible without stainless steel bars. The system is adjustable: the footstrap can be moved ±25 mm along the board (using 2 holes in the sailboard rather than all 3), ±12mm inboard and ±12mm outboard. Changing the angle of the footstrap is also possible.

Stainless steel bars can be removed in a few minutes to restore the original position of the footstrap.

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