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raffar



Joined: 23 Dec 2007
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 18, 2012 11:30 pm    Post subject: The good ol' days Reply with quote

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cicKr_3dtc0
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LUCARO



Joined: 07 Dec 1997
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 19, 2012 12:35 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

That was the best 20 minutes i have wasted on the internet this month.

Got to watch it all to the end.

Seems like things have gotten much more complicated since 1982, but not sure the stoke is any better.
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raffar



Joined: 23 Dec 2007
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 19, 2012 12:50 am    Post subject: No harness Reply with quote

Watching the video I couldn't help feeling that something was missing.
Then it dawn on me that they didn't have harnesses.

No doubt on those days you had to be in really good shape: super-heavy boards, jerky sails and no harnesses.

R.
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techno900



Joined: 28 Mar 2001
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 19, 2012 10:55 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Raffar,

Look more closely, they are wearing harnesses. Chest harnesses with tie on rope on the boom, spread wide. That's how I started in 1984. Booms were also really high, partly because of the high hook on the harness.
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inarchetype



Joined: 01 Jul 2010
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 19, 2012 8:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

F2 had some good boards back in the 80's. Wonder what happened to Klepper though. They were awesome. Aside from Mistral (which isn't really the same company anymore) I wonder if Fanatic might be the only big player from back then that's still making good stuff.
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Sailboarder



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PostPosted: Thu Dec 20, 2012 8:17 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Bic is still alive. They are making good stuff, but not for every market for sure!

I tought the boom were high to ease sailing without harness. You can hang down from the boom (apply mast foot pressure) easier that way. The initial hooks were there, I guess, to directly help the arms. As people sailed more and more from the harness, it was figured the hook could go down as well as the boom.
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techno900



Joined: 28 Mar 2001
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 20, 2012 9:46 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Here is a shot from 1985 on my first glass board (Bruce Jones 9'5"). Booms were high, and if you look closely, there is a chest harness and wide rope on the booms.

At the time, I only had one mast and used it on all sails. This was a Neil Pryde Tri-Radial of about 4.5m. The gap at the bottom between the board and sail was because of the small sail and long mast. No adjustable tops on the sails. I am in a PVC dry suit. Worked great, but the thin stretchy seals would only last a year or two before tearing.



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isobars



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PostPosted: Thu Dec 20, 2012 12:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

OMG! JURGEN IS SAILING ALONE most of the time! The HORRORS!

Does he look worried?
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slinky



Joined: 24 Aug 2007
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 20, 2012 6:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Great video! I learned in '85 on a wayler, 8 foot booms and a soft sail around 5.5 . I liked to hang from the booms and rigged em high as shown in the video. I miss the old longboards, and am getting an '88 Mistral Maui tomorrow. I plan to paddle it as well as sail it. You can really do it all with a longboard.
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cgoudie1



Joined: 10 Apr 2006
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Location: Killer Sturgeon Cove

PostPosted: Thu Dec 20, 2012 6:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Except for maybe a Vulcan, or even a slash.

;*)

-Craig

slinky wrote:
. You can really do it all with a longboard.
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