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 Post subject: Kahuna "Taco"
PostPosted: Sat May 24, 2008 11:05 am 
I went paddling this morning in knee high spillers in VA Beach. My brother and I switched out half way through, and when watching him take my boat through the waves I noticed the boat sagging a little in the middle when it punched through the surf. Upon inspection the boat seems fine, and is solidly assembled, but could this be a sign of stress in the midsection, or a failing frame system. I don't want to destroy/taco my boat.
How much flex is okay?


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PostPosted: Sat May 24, 2008 12:24 pm 
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atlanticnav,

I think all folders do that, to varying degrees, if loaded in the center and suspended by the ends, as occurs when bridging a trough or when riding directly down the face of a steep, breaking wave.

I know a six-foot plunging breaker can potentially "taco" [or, "oil can"] a fiberglass hardshell because I repaired one that died that way, years ago. I bet folders will eventually fail in that mode if they are surfed a lot. As the joints and attachments wear, the bending increases incrementally, and the more bend, the easier it gets to bend more.

It's probably just a matter of time. :oops:

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